My Two Heavens A life in French Food from Martinborough to Montjaux
A memoir of restaurateur and chef Jo Crabb, the story of her enviable life between Martinborough and southern France, with recipes from her cooking school Careme. Jo Crabb and her husband artist Stephen Allwood spend most of the year in Martinborough, Jo running her cooking classes from Palliser Estate vineyard and Stephen painting full-time. Jo and Stephen moved to Martinborough in 1995, right at the beginning of the wine and food culture boom. They ran the famous Caf Medici in Martinborough for 11 years before setting up the Careme in 2009, and it's fast becoming an institution amongst the Wellington dinner party set. Jo runs beginner cooking courses from 'easy' right up to 'master', mostly focusing on her love for French cooking techniques. This is the story of Jo's life in food, filled with recipes, and the story of finally realising her greatest aspiration by buying a house in France profonde - deepest France, beautifully illustrated with Stephen's drawings and paintings.
Born in Christchurch in 1960, Jo Crabb lived between New Zealand and her father's postings as a military observer for the United Nations, including Middle East, India and Pakistan. She met her husband, artist Stephen Allwood, at university in Wellington. Ever since, they've shared a life in food. From Scotland, London, New York to Ponsonby, Coromandel and eventually Martinborough, where she runs her Careme cooking classes at Palliser Estate. She lives between Martinborough and Montjaux.