GARLIC, MINT & SWEET BASIL, by Jean-Claude Izzo
But this is more than a mere travelogue by a gifted writer known for his evocation of Mediterranean life, or even a ruminations on food (although it's perfectly fine for that intent). It's an evocation of experiences by a writer who was intensely proud of his immigrant heritage (the Greeks in 1000BC were the first wave of immigrant settlers in the huge, perfect harbor) and delighted in its food and flavors. The essay on garlic is priceless, the tidbit on street markets brought me right back to the ones I had visited.
The perfect companion on a cold winter night: Marseilles sunshine and the scent of herbs will keep the cold wind in another realm.
Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher, Europe Editions, for an advance copy of this unique, richly-evocative book. It whisked me back to my too-short visit and has put Marseilles back on my next Mediterranean itinerary. The book is available for pre-order and will be published in July, 2020.