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La Cigale

Part recipe book, part food and travel memoir, part business story, this beautifully illustrated book tells the story of a Kiwi family who brought a slice of France to New Zealand. A bustling French-style market. Fresh produce from local growers. Cheeses, cured meats, baguettes and pastries. Rainbow-coloured macarons and fragrant crepes, French clothing and soaps. A night-time bistro serving hearty French-provincial dishes. Just how did this slice of France find its way to the central Auckland suburb of Parnell? When Mike and Elizabeth Lind took their two small daughters to Paris in 1997, they were looking for a new direction. Their love of food and of France led them to start what was to become a thriving business. This book tells the story of La Cigale and those of the Linds' stall-holders, and shares the food experiences and recipes they've developed along the way.
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Elizabeth Lind was born in Auckland, completed a law degree, and joined the family textile business wholesaling fashion fabrics to garment makers and fabric shops. As business became more difficult in the 1990s, she and her husband Mike looked for new inspiration. After a month's holiday in France in 1997 they came up with the idea for La Cigale - bringing a little of France to NZ. They wrote a one-page plan and have spent the last 14 years gradually implementing it. La Cigale is a family business - Mike and Elizabeth's two daughters, Emma and Frances, have been part of it since the beginning and both have been involved in the book - Emma drew all the sketches and Frances wrote the market stallholder profiles. Mike helped Elizabeth with the food styling and photography.

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