About Marlene

Food, friendship and a glass of excellent wine are, for me, the most important ingredients of a life worth living. The gentle early morning debate about a possible dinner menu, picking arms full of wild flowers in the fields around the achingly beautiful village of Charroux, filling a basket with fresh asparagus, sun warmed tomatoes and purple hearted artichokes. From winter fires to steaming soups, brisk walks in the icy winter’s mist along the well loved Sea Point promenade, endless conversations around the kitchen table whilst a pot of tender-as-marrow oxtail is cooking away on the stove.

All of these and the sharing of another meal, laughter or journey with the people around me.
What’s not to love?

Classes & Tours

Cook’s tours in Charroux, Auvergne, France

Cookery classes, for small groups of eight, form part of this jam-packed week. Learn how to prepare simple classics including local rustic dishes, all with the contemporary touches that are typical of Marlene’s style.
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Cook’s tours in Charroux, Auvergne – Spring – 8 May

My Cook Books

Find Marlenes favourite recipes, shared with friends and family in her seven books…