Images used throughout the new book, “A Culinary Legacy, From Escoffier to Today,” were taken by local photographer Curt Dennison, Washington.
The author is Karen Stoeckley, a chef from Missouri, and the book features recipes from a recently discovered journal kept by her grandfather while studying in Paris at the turn of the 20th century under renown chef Auguste Escoffier.
Stoeckley traveled to Provence, France, translated and recreated the recipes in the very region and towns where her grandfather had cooked and served them. Dennison accompanied her to capture the scenery and meals as they were prepared.
More than a cookbook, “A Culinary Legacy” offers readers a peek into the daily life of a small village in Provence through food and the interpretation of recipes over 100 years old. The photos showcase the dishes, but also the markets and village life.
“In many ways it becomes an armchair vacation to the Var in Provence and a guide for today’s home cook to capture a taste of this exceptional cuisine,” the jacket reads.
Dennison is a 1982 graduate of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in painting and printmaking. He lives in Washington with is wife and is a member of the Washington Rotary Club.
Dennison has created photographs professionally since 1982 and has owned a freelance commercial photography business since 1994. He photographs people, products, places, food and agriculture for corporate, advertising and industrial clients worldwide.