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An Edible Love Letter to the south of France.
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For information on ordering the 'Cuisine of the Sun' Cookbook once it's for sale, please visit eattillyoubleed.com/cookbook.

STRETCH GOAL: $30,000!

Now that ‘Cuisine of the Sun’ will definitely be published, we are taking the show on the road. We are putting out a STRETCH GOAL of $30,000 to cover the expenses of a USA BOOK TOUR to help promote and sell the books that will for sure be published. The Book Tour will consist of interviews, book signings, author luncheons, cooking classes, etc. to sell books and get the word out about 'Cuisine of the Sun'. We already have commitments in Phoenix, Charleston, Los Angeles, Chicago and Seattle.

'Cuisine of the Sun' Cookbook Campaign:

Hi, my name is François and I would love your help to make my dream of creating an exciting Provençal cookbook come true.

Good food doesn’t have to be complicated to enjoy. My goal is to teach you to adopt a few restaurant techniques and methodologies to help you create simple, inspired food and have more time with the people you love.

One of the things that made Julia Child great was that she brought French food out of the fancy restaurants and into everyone’s home. I want to pick up the torch from Julia and show a new generation of aspiring cooks that great food is simple and fun to prepare.

My Story

This book is the culmination of a lifetime spent relentlessly dreaming of food while toiling away in hot kitchens, both professional and at home. My life story is that of son of an immigrant mother whose Provençal culture and joie de vivre founded and shaped the foodie and person I am today.

A Gourmand in the Making
A Gourmand in the Making

My story begins from the very beginnings, in her womb, when grandfather Pépé insisted on feeding my pregnant mother a hearty Perigord diet of goose foie gras and black truffles to ensure that despite growing up in the savage New World thousands of miles from the French motherland, I would become a proper gourmand. The feasting continued on day one when instead of getting the traditional spank and sip of mother’s milk to herald my arrival, I was handed a flute of bubbles and a serious addiction to the good life. 

You see, dear old Maman was born in Champagne, France and it is the age old custom to whet the lips of a newborn with a sparkler. The way she recounts my birth is: I was being ingloriously hung upside down like a rabbit about to be spanked when she growled at the doctor with a devil like ferocity that I needed a flute of Champagne immediately. It’s best not to question a command emitting so deeply and forcibly from the guttural bowels of a snarling woman who just had the equivalent of a melon pass through the most intimate part of her anatomy and survive to tell the tale.

Mishou, my mother with the world in front of her
Mishou, my mother with the world in front of her

My earliest attempts at cookery began with the filleting of my sister’s goldfish at age two and a braised rabbit dish made with my pet rabbits at age seven. I eventually stopped cooking my pets and went to the highly esteemed New England Culinary Institute where I graduated top of my class in 1985.

A Young Saucier is Born, 1984 Deer Valley, Utah
A Young Saucier is Born, 1984 Deer Valley, Utah

My cooking style is vibrant, fresh food with Provençal roots.   I will help you create beautiful, healthy dishes inspired by Southern France in your home. 

Panisses: Chickpea French Fries dusted with Parmesan Reggiano
Panisses: Chickpea French Fries dusted with Parmesan Reggiano

Why François?

Right now you may be intrigued but you’re probably wondering what qualifies me to teach you about Provençal cooking. Fair enough, let’s get into my experience. For 25 years I had a successful career as a professional Chef in America’s top restaurants garnering rave reviews from magazines and newspapers across the country. I was featured in Gourmet, Bon Appetit, the New York Times, London Times and many others. I was honored to have Food and Wine Magazine name my Provençal restaurant Pili Pili as “One of the top ten new restaurants in the world.” 

“Chef François de Mélogue is “well traveled, well read with an artistic mentality… The culinary vision is largely his…”  

~ William Rice, Senior Food Editor, Chicago Tribune

I have been on a mission to bring real food back into everybody’s lives. I decided to step away from the ranges and focus on other creative food outlets like food writing and photography for my blog EatTillYouBleed.com. I moved to Portland, Oregon with my family to surround myself with some of the most exciting food being produced in America. Portland is blessed with amazing fish from the Pacific and the Columbia River, fantastic small farms and ranches across the Willamette Valley and forests filled with an abundance of wild mushrooms. My book will feature vignettes of small farmers, fishermen, foragers and food artisans who are the ground troops in the food revolution. 

Why Provençal Cuisine:

Next question I’m guessing is “Why Provençal cuisine?” Provençal food is all about the sometimes messy collision of culinary cultures. It has greatly evolved and developed from its early roots. Recipes blew across borders like the famous Mistral howling across the region. They are the shared story of conquests, invasions and immigrations. Each gust brought strange new ingredients, habits and techniques to the tables. When the dust finally settled, an artist’s palette of beautiful colors, textures and sensuous flavors were left behind. 

This book is the vibrant, reimagined culinary heritage of Provence. 

Bourride: Provençal Seafood Stew
Bourride: Provençal Seafood Stew

Book At-a-Glance:

I am so excited about this cookbook. It will be beautifully laid out with 100 pages of classic and reimagined dishes of Provence that will bring the flavors and textures to your family's table. This hard cover book will contain pages and pages of dazzling photographs and interesting vignettes. 

A sneak-peek at the book!
A sneak-peek at the book!

The book will come out this Fall just in time for the holidays. This is your chance to pre-order a copy. 

I want this book to be a guide to teach you how to shop a farmer’s market like a professional and let your cooking be guided with inspiration from the season. Cooking food is the ultimate act of love. 

Beaumont and I sharing the love!
Beaumont and I sharing the love!

Are you ready to come on a fun ride with me? Please support my journey to ensure my book moves from a dream to a reality.   

Why $20,000?:

The $20,000 needed is for all of the costs of the first edition print-run of 1,000 books.  

These costs include:

  • Printing by Worzalla Press
  • Amazing Design by Lemon Fresh Design
  • Editing
  • Photography and Styling
  • Recipe Development
  • Marketing & PR
Chef Francois, son Beaumont and wife Lisa
Chef Francois, son Beaumont and wife Lisa

Read more about Francois' culinary adventures on his blog: EatTillYouBleed.com.  You can also find Francois on InstagramTwitter and Facebook.

Risks and challenges

The great news is that the book is 95% complete, and the bulk of the work has already been done: photography, recipes, and design. There are still some final edits to make, but mostly what remains is the printing.

Of course there are always possibilities of delays with printing, but we are working with Worzalla to have these books printed and distributed by early-mid November. Once we hand over the book's PDF files to them when the campaign ends, we have just a 6-week turnaround to print!

I’m really thankful for all of your support and the opportunity to share my book with you!

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    AN AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS AND SIMPLE PROVENÇAL MUSSEL RECIPE: an exclusive digital copy of one of François de Mélogue's all-time favorite dishes - his simple Mussels with Pastis!

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    BEAUTIFUL eBOOK VERSION OF THE COOKBOOK: Enjoy on your computer or mobile device as our way of sharing the joy of making this project possible, as well as profuse online gratitude for helping make the book happen!

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    PARISIAN RECIPE SET: an exclusive digital copy of three classic recipes not included in the book designed to recreate a perfect Brasserie meal in your home, emailed directly to you in a beautiful layout.

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    COOKBOOK PRE-ORDER: Limited, first-edition signed cookbook, 'Cuisine of the Sun' - not available anywhere else!

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    COOKBOOK & eBOOK SET: Limited, first-edition signed cookbook, 'Cuisine of the Sun' plus a beautifully laid out eBOOK version to enjoy on your computer or mobile device.

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    DUO OF COOKBOOKS: Two (2) first-edition, signed 'Cuisine of the Sun' cookbooks. Makes a great holiday gift!

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    TASTE OF PROVENCE GIFT SET: Limited, first-edition signed cookbook, 'Cuisine of the Sun' plus an Herbes de Provence tin filled with all natural, organically grown mixture of the classic, fragrant herbal blend. Bring the flavors of Southern France to your home with one of François' favorite recipes incorporating these fragrant herbs.

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    SPICY TASTE OF PROVENCE GIFT SET: Limited, first-edition signed cookbook, 'Cuisine of the Sun' plus a tin of Piment d'Ville - a spicy red chile powder grown from seeds from Espelette, France. Bring the flavors of Western France to your home with one of François' favorite recipes incorporating this invigorating spice.

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    COOKBOOK PRE-ORDER: Four (4) first-edition, signed copies of 'Cuisine of the Sun' Cookbook, at a 10% discount. Start your holiday shopping early this year!

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    COOKBOOK PRE-ORDER: Eight (8) first-edition, signed copies of 'Cuisine of the Sun' Cookbook, at a 10% discount ($200 value). (Hooray, your holiday shopping is done!)

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    A whole wild sustainably caught 10 pound fish, from the Pacific Northwest delivered to your door within 24 hours of being out of the water, with a specialized recipe sure to delight your family. Feeds 8 people. Shipping included to anywhere in the USA.

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    ONE-ON-ONE COACHING SESSION: Cooking questions? Not sure how to throw a dinner party? Ask François! You'll get a one-hour Skype call with personalized coaching on cooking, dinner parties, photography – whatever interests you! You'll also receive an autographed first-edition copy of the cookbook + Taste of Provence Gift Set (tins of Herbes de Provence and Piment d'Ville with recipes incorporating these special Provençal spices). In addition, your name will be included on the Acknowledgments page of the book.

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    TYPICAL OLD SCHOOL FRENCH SUNDAY LUNCH WITH FRANÇOIS' FAMILY: Join François, his wife and his son for a delightful typical Sunday lunch at their Portland, OR home. A private lunch for 4 of you, cooked by François + 4 autographed first-edition copies of the cookbook. You'll also receive 4 autographed first-edition copies of the cookbook + 4 Taste of Provence Gift Sets (tins of Herbes de Provence and Piment d'Ville with recipes incorporating these special Provençal spices). In addition, your name will be included on the Acknowledgments page of the book.

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    FOODIE PICNIC IN THE WOODS: Join us out in the Northwest woods for an EPIC meal that you won't forget. Francois will cook an elaborate gourmet meal in the woods surrounding Mt Hood, OR for up to 6 people. You'll also receive 6 autographed first-edition copies of the cookbook + 6 Taste of Provence Gift Sets (tins of Herbes de Provence and Piment d'Ville with recipes incorporating these special Provençal spices). In addition, your name will be included on the Acknowledgments page of the book.

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    PRIVATE COOKING CLASS AND LUNCH: A private cooking class of 3 courses followed by lunch, for 6 people taught by François. You'll also receive 6 autographed first-edition copies of the cookbook + 6 Taste of Provence Gift Sets (tins of Herbes de Provence and Piment d'Ville with recipes incorporating these special Provençal spices). In addition, your name will be included on the Acknowledgments page of the book.

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    Note: If outside the Portland area, our airfare & lodging is not included.

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    PRIVATE DINNER PARTY IN PORTLAND: A private dinner party for 8 of a Pacific NW inspired meal using the best ingredients available right now, including wild Columbia River King Salmon, wild Matsutake mushrooms (highly sought-after, very hard to find, Japanese Truffle equivalent), cooked by François, with suggested wine pairings by Wine Guru Peter Zitz. You'll also receive 8 autographed first-edition copies of the cookbook + 8 Taste of Provence Gift Sets (tins of Herbes de Provence and Piment d'Ville with recipes incorporating these special Provençal spices). In addition, your name will be included on the Acknowledgments page of the book.

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    ULTIMATE FOODIE PACKAGE: Four Seasons of the Northwest - Receive four boxes (one for each season) featuring an exciting array of wild foraged and day boat fished ingredients from the Pacific Northwest delivered directly to your door (within the US). Each box will be hand selected by Francois and feeds 8 people. Package includes unique recipes for each box

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    THE MENTOR AND THE PUPIL #2: Exclusive 5-course Chef Table Dinner prepared in tandem by François and Celebrity Chef Beau MacMillan, for up to 6 guests at the luxurious Sanctuary Resort on Camelback Mountain, just outside Phoenix. Enjoy this once in a lifetime, intimate and interactive private chef table dining experience on a mutually agreeable date within the next 12 months. You'll also receive 6 autographed first-edition copies of the cookbook.

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    SACRE BLEU, THE ULTIMATE TRUFFLE EXPERIENCE IN PROVENCE: Private Truffle Hunting Tour and complete Truffle-themed Provençal Christmas meal cooked & hosted by François and family, including the traditional 13 desserts. Package includes Tour & Meal for up to 6 people and 6 autographed first-edition signed copies of the cookbook. You'll also receive 6 autographed first-edition copies of the cookbook + 6 Taste of Provence Gift Sets (tins of Herbes de Provence and Piment d'Ville with recipes incorporating these special Provençal spices).

    We'd also like to include a super thank you to you in the book: a few sentences about you in the acknowledgements section. Whether to include this is totally up to you!

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    THE MENTOR AND THE PUPIL: Exclusive 5-course Chef Table Dinner prepared in tandem by François and Celebrity Chef Beau MacMillan, for up to 6 guests at the luxurious Sanctuary Resort on Camelback Mountain, just outside Phoenix. Enjoy this once in a lifetime, intimate and interactive private chef table dining experience on a mutually agreeable date within the next 12 months. You'll also receive 6 autographed first-edition copies of the cookbook.

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