Food Memories of Travels to France


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Gastronomy, and not just the Eiffel Tower, has always lured some travelers to France. Adrienne Zausner; her husband, Martin Zausner; and their friend Joan M. Harper were among those gastronomes, dining at Michelin three-star restaurants the way safarigoers checked the “Big Five” off their lists. Ms. Zausner went beyond exquisite dinners by befriending chefs, cooking with them and serving their recipes at home. Now, afflicted with primary progressive aphasia, a type of degenerative dementia, Ms. Zausner can no longer prepare lobster in Champagne sauce from L’Auberge de L’Ill or salmon in sorrel sauce from Jean Troisgros. Ms. Harper has assembled a cookbook of recipes, stories about Ms. Zausner’s travels and useful kitchen advice. Ten percent of the proceeds goes to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration: “Cooking With Adrienne: A Story of Friendship and Food” by Joan M. Harper (Harper Publications, $19.99), cookingwithadrienne.com.

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