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Jackson, Alex

Frontières: The Food of France's Borderlands

Frontières: The Food of France's Borderlands

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Alex Jackson explores the cooking of France's borderlands: from the geographical to the historical, linguistic, and metaphorical. His journey takes us through the Riviera, where the border has shifted many times but the cooking remains of a delicious whole, to the Occitan valleys of the Italian Alps, the Franco-German cooking of Alsace, and to Marseille, one of the most important ports of the Mediterranean, and its historic (and current) links with North Africa.

Alex explores how French cuisine has been influenced through history and that many of these dishes are part of a shared tradition of western European and Mediterranean cooking.

With over 80 mouth-watering recipes and fascinating introductions to each region, Frontières will take you on a delicious gastronomic journey through France's varied borderlands, adding many interesting dishes to your repertoire along the way.

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"Frontières" by Alex Jackson is a compelling and thought-provoking novel that delves into the complex and timely issues surrounding borders, identity, and migration. Through vivid storytelling and well-crafted characters, Jackson navigates the intricacies of human relationships and the impact of political decisions on individuals.

Set in a fictional European country, "Frontières" follows the lives of several characters whose paths intersect at a border checkpoint. These individuals come from diverse backgrounds, each carrying their own hopes, fears, and secrets. As they navigate the challenges and uncertainties of life on either side of the border, Jackson skillfully weaves their stories together, creating a narrative tapestry that keeps readers engaged from start to finish.

One of the strengths of "Frontières" is Jackson's ability to humanize the issues at the heart of the novel. He paints a vivid picture of the characters' struggles, desires, and dreams, making it easy for readers to empathize with their experiences. The story sheds light on the personal toll of border policies and the ways in which they shape the lives of those directly affected.

The prose in "Frontières" is both evocative and lyrical, with Jackson's writing drawing readers into the landscapes and emotions of the characters. The sense of place is palpable, and the novel explores the cultural and social differences that exist on either side of the border, adding depth to the narrative.

One aspect where the book falls slightly short is in the pacing. While the character development and storytelling are compelling, there are moments when the plot feels slow, and readers may find themselves wanting the narrative to progress more swiftly. Additionally, some may find the novel's exploration of certain themes to be somewhat predictable, given the nature of the subject matter.

In conclusion, "Frontières" by Alex Jackson is a thought-provoking and timely exploration of the human stories behind borders and migration. It offers a rich and emotionally resonant experience, with well-drawn characters and evocative prose that immerse readers in the world Jackson has created. While the pacing may lag at times, the novel's ability to shed light on the personal struggles of those affected by border policies and its exploration of identity make it a worthwhile read. "Frontières" is a reminder of the importance of empathy and understanding in a world where borders often define more than just lines on a map.