Georgeanne Brennan

Georgeanne Brennan

Georgeanne grew up in southern California and was educated at San Diego State University, the University of Aix-Marseille in Provence, and the University of California, San Diego, where she earned a Master’s Degree in History. In 1970 she and her husband returned to southern France with their small daughter (their son was born there) and bought an old farmhouse where they made and sold goat cheese, and raised and sold feeder pigs for two years before taking teaching jobs in Northern California, although they returned to France at least once a year thereafter.

In 1982 Georgeanne and a partner, Charlotte Glenn, started Le Marché Seeds, a national mail-order specialty vegetable seed company. With customers all over the United States, including emerging organic market growers, Le Marché was featured in such magazines as Family Circle, Metropolitan Home, Organic Gardening and Vogue, as well as in the food and garden sections of numerous newspapers.

Out of her these activities came her first book, The New American Vegetable Cookbook (1984) co-authored with Isaac Cronin and Charlotte Glenn. Since then, she has written POTAGER: Fresh Garden Cooking in the French Style, which has been called a modern classic by Patricia Wells, published into both French and German, and was also a finalist for the prestigious James Beard Award, as was her next book, The Glass Pantry; Preserving Flavors. Shortly thereafter she won a James Beard award for her cookbook memoir, The Food and Flavors of Haute Provence. Her book, Aperitif, won a Julia Child award and Savoring France (the Series) a Versailles International Cookbook award.

The Mediterranean Herb Cookbook (2000), which celebrates herbs and the Mediterranean way with olive oil, was followed in 2001 by Olives, Capers, and Anchovies: The Secret Ingredients of Mediterranean Cooking, (published in Dutch in 2002) both from Chronicle Books. These were followed by Great Greens, also from Chronicle Books. In 2006, she brought to life Dr. Suess’s quirky take on food with The Dr Seuss Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook, (Random House 2006).

Her most recent book is Gather, Memorable Meals for Entertaining Throughout the Seasons.

In 2007 her memoir, A Pig in Provence (Chronicle Books, 2007; paperback Harcourt 2008) was published to much acclaim, and has been printed in both Dutch and Polish.

She is currently working on a dual voice memoir of friendship and continuing to work on a mystery series set in Provence, as well as the Davis Farmers’ Market Cookbook (spring 2012).

In addition to her books Brennan writes regular features for The San Francisco Chronicle newspaper’s food section has contributed to Fine Cooking, Bon Appétit, Cooking Pleasures, and Organic The New York Times, Garden Design, Metropolitan Home, Horticulture, and Organic Gardening. She has been featured in Food and Wine, Gourmet, and Sunset magazines.

In 2000, Georgeanne opened her own cooking vacation school in a restored 17th century convent located in a medieval village in Haute Provence, not far from her own small farmhouse. The week long experience for small groups features gathering and cooking from the kitchen garden – the time-honored cuisine du potager – as well as shopping in village markets and preparing the equally honorable cuisine du marché. Seasonal activities include mushroom hunting, gathering wild herbs, visits to olive oil mills and local cheesemakers, as well as visits to her favorite restaurants, antique markets and nearby historic sites. In 2006 she discontinued this program in favor of something closer to home: ‘Provence in California’ – culinary weekends at her small farm in Northern California, where participants gather and cook from her garden.

She also co-founded, in 2008, the Annual Provence Writing and Cooking Retreat, a week-long experience held at a farmhouse in the upper Var, a still very rural region of France.

She has been a featured speaker on Provence at the Culinary Academy of America at Greystone and at COPIA: The American Center for Food, Wine and the Arts and a spokesperson for the California Tree Fruit Agreement.

She also has been a guest chef on Crystal Cruises, a frequent guest at the Chef’s Holidays at Yosemite, Whistler School of Cooking in Vancouver, B.C., and at Rancho la Puerta in Tecate, Mexico, as well as a guest teacher at cooking schools nationwide. Additionally, she has taught food and memoir writing at the University of California at Berkeley and Davis Extensions.

Active in the Slow Food movement for many years, she has served as a jury member for Slow Food International Award, a member of Slow Food’s American Ark Selection Committee, and is currently co-leader of the Slow Food Yolo Convivum.

She is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier.

Georgeanne lives with her husband on their small farm in Northern California. They have four children.

Georgeanne Brennan is an award-winning cookbook author, writer, and teacher specializing in garden fresh cooking, in season, with a Mediterranean slant.

Georgeanne Brennan’s business provides private cooking classes, culinary consulting including school districts, and writing and cooking workshops in California and Provence, France.

Her business activities merge her mulitple talents for food, wine, teaching, and writing. Her consulting client list includes Center For Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, CA, Farm to School, Davis, CA and the Yolo County Department of Agriculture, Woodland, CA.

Articles & Recipes by Georgeanne Brennan

  • Raspberry Cornmeal Muffins

    Raspberry Cornmeal Muffins

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    Perfect for breakfast, snack or even dessert, muffins are a favorite treat at any age. Serve these muffins straight from the oven with blueberries, blackberries or raspberries to best experience the earthy nuances of the cornmeal. Continue reading

  • Rustic Tart of Fresh Apricots and Goat Cheese Cream

    Rustic Tart of Fresh Apricots and Goat Cheese Cream

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    This utterly simple tart is made with easy-to-use purchased puff pastry. Any seasonal fruit, such as nectarines, peaches, or plums can be used, as can thinly sliced apples. Continue reading

  • Choose large Italian white beans, called Gigande, or substitute white kidneys or great northerns. The Gigande beans have a rich meaty flavor that is complimented by the zest of lemon and the nutty flavor of young arugula.

    Italian White Beans with Arugula and Lemon

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    Choose large Italian white beans, called Gigande, or substitute white kidneys or great northerns. The Gigande beans have a rich meaty flavor that is complimented by the zest of lemon and the nutty flavor of young arugula. Continue reading

  • Grilled Eggplant Sandwich with Aioli

    Grilled Eggplant Sandwich with Aïoli

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    These Italian sandwiches make a nice main dish for a summer lunch or supper. The eggplant can be grilled a day ahead, refrigerated and then brought to room temperature before using. The aïoli can be made ahead as well. Continue reading

  • Jam Filled Thumbprint Cookies

    Jam-Filled Thumbprint Cookies

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    Simple to bake, these cookies provide the perfect opportunity to involve your children in the baking process and to make your kitchen the center of family fun. Use different kinds of jams to fill the indentations in the dough for both color and flavor variation. Continue reading

  • Asparagus with Tarragon Vinaigrette and Eggs Mimosa

    Asparagus with Tarragon Vinaigrette and Eggs Mimosa

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    Mimosa is a classic French garnish of sieved hard-cooked eggs that is frequently used for asparagus and leeks. Tarragon, which has an affinity for both asparagus and eggs, enhances the sherry vinaigrette. Continue reading

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    Asparagus and Pea Risotto

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    Risotto is a versatile dish that can accommodate different vegetables according to the season. Here, asparagus and peas represent spring, but in summer it might be zucchini, mushrooms in fall, and root vegetables in winter. Continue reading

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