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Jacques et Marie Josèphe

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We live in an old house in the Dauphine region of France, located in peaceful settings on the southern slopes of the Vercors Natural Park. In our hills beset with oak trees and thyme, we can step back and think about the world matters, we have the time to consider and let our books grow. We have become stationary travellers, skippers logged on to extreme modernity thanks to the magic of web-navigation.

Marie Josèphe Moncorgé

TAMBAO: Marie Josèphe Moncorgé

Marie Josèphe has studied literature and is passionate about history. Since 1994, she has been studying the culinary history of Europe/ Mediterranean regions through the cookery books written since antiquity to the 19th century. She loves treasure trails: in search of the history of fruits and vegetables or certain dishes, in search of common points amongst culinary cultures and dietetics, in search of culinary legends. Cuisine reveals the way one thinks: the ideas about social relationships, religion, and medicine can be seen in the cookery-books and culinary habits.

She writes articles for the net (Old cook, Compare-diet), gives lectures and writes books for adults and children. For 15 years, she organised and hosted the Maître Chiquart cookery competition.

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Marie Josèphe's books

TAMBAO: Caramel and Chocolate, cover - Marie Josèphe Moncorgé and Jacques Bouchut

Antiracist tale for 3 to 6 years old children. Bilingual in English and French.

Caramel, the cat, was bored and wanted to make friends...

Caramel and Chocolate, book for children, in English and French, November 2015.


TAMBAO: All kinds of nougat - Marie Josèphe Moncorgé

The nougat is a typical confectionery of the Mediterranean countries...

All kinds of nougat
A journey through the Mediterranean history of a confectionery, in English - December 2018.


TAMBAO: Kevin in Pompeii - JMJ Balder

A young boy finds himself transported by magic in Pompeii at the time of eruption of Vesuvius. Kevin befriends Alexandra, another young slave like him. He discovers how people lived in Pompeii just before the catastrophe....

More in French: Kevin in Pompeii, June 2013.


TAMBAO: Mediterranean culinary tradition 2nd volume - Marie Josèphe Moncorgé

Fruits in the culinary art. Cheese, milk, from feta to yoghurt. Confectionaries: nougats, syrups, candied fruits, jams, sorbets. Aniseed-flavoured drinks...

Mediterranean culinary tradition, a long shared history
2nd volume, more in French: Mediterranean cheeses, desserts and drinks, March 2013.


TAMBAO: Mediterranean culinary tradition 1st volume - Marie Josèphe Moncorgé

Main vegetables: aubergine, tomato, zucchini, bell pepper, chilli. Pasta. Salted fishes in all forms. The techniques and flavours characteristic of the Mediterranean. Recipes...

Mediterranean culinary tradition, a long shared history
1st volume, more in French: The Mediterranean cuisine, February 2013.

Lyon 1555, capitale de la culture gourmande au XVIe siècle
Editions Lyonnaises d'Art et d'Histoire, 2008. Out of print.

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Jacques Bouchut

TAMBAO: Jacques Bouchut

Does the fact that you were born in your great-grandfather's cinema and spent your early childhood watching movies predispose you to an immersion in dream-world? The images and sounds that fill your imagination transform into imaginary worlds. You could have told stories, but no, you write and draw. Your mental images become phantasmagoria. You rig the reality just like your altered photographs. With your drawings and collages, too, you make an unlikely world.

And then, one day, by digital magic, you move on to the other side of the paper, taking the reader and the child, who has grown up within us, with you as if you were a professional mountain guide, and this in a tale that is no longer told.

Jacques' blogs

Jacques' books

TAMBAO: Caramel and Chocolate, cover - Marie Josèphe Moncorgé and Jacques Bouchut

Antiracist tale for 3 to 6 years old children. Bilingual in English and French.

Caramel, the cat, was bored and wanted to make friends...

Caramel and Chocolate, book for children, in English and French - November 2015.


TAMBAO : À la recherche des oiseaux disparus - Jacques Bouchut

One stormy day, an old man learns on TV that all the birds have disappeared. He begins to follow children, who lead him on a strange adventure around the world. In a mysterious way, he meets 3 dragons, a manatee, a seal, a buffalo, llamas...

More in French: In search of missing birds, a tale for children and adults, february 2019.

TAMBAO : The long story of Manman Doudou - Jacques Bouchut

In a Fish Bottle brought back from the islands by a pirate, there was a genius named Manman Doudou. One day, Manman Doudou came out of the Fish Bottle to tell his long, very long story to the children: how she escaped the war, how she was saved from drowning by a shark, how she sailed with pirates, how she saved people on an island, how she saved a whale calf and a polar bear...

Tale for children and adults

More in French: The long story of Manman Doudou May 2018.

TAMBAO : When I am walking in the garden - Jacques Bouchut

When walking in his garden, the narrator has the impression of wandering around with characters, as if he were jumping from one book to another. Far from worrying, he finds it quite natural to follow their adventures in pieces. But the day he comes out of his delicious ramblings, it is to find his library in an unacceptable disorder, as if a storm had thrown the books to the ground. What if the characters had deserted the books? To go where? I ask you.

More in French: When I am walking in the garden, september 2017.

TAMBAO: Snapshots - Jacques Bouchut

These fictional sketches may give sight of a family everyday life: building up a pond, children playing, a boy‘s holidays at his grand parents’, two teenagers seemingly in love, a young woman going through a job interview, a couple...

More in French: Snapshots, July 2016.

TAMBAO: Brunon - Jacques Bouchut and Janine Bouchut

In the first tale, a teddy bear finds a book about the last bears of Bauges region in France. Marvellous ecological tale, the second text tells the story of the life of a family of bears throughout the year...

More in French: Brunon, September 2013 / July 2016.

TAMBAO: Almandine - Jacques Bouchut

As his girl friend Mélodie left for USA, Alfredo is getting close to Almandine. While working as a composer and rehearsing with his band, he still finds time for a crazy net searching of a hidden treasure. From Annecy to Switzerland, from Chicago to Roumania... till facing a sombre reality.

More in French: Almandine, May 2016.

TAMBAO: Tiny flames flickering on an automnal fire - Jacques Bouchut

In sales of a frozen foods company, he's sent by his manager to Japan. She runs a travel agency and leaves for Canada's frozen North, for a cross-country skiing adventure. Will they end up meeting?...

More in French: Tiny flames flickering on an automnal fire, March 2016.

TAMBAO: Jicook and Jokico - Jacques Bouchut

Jicook lands on a strange planet and sends messages and photographs in the space. Jokico, who is somewhere else, replies to him in her own manner. Which strange malady struck Jicook?...

More in French: Jicook and Jokico, February 2013 / February 2016.

TAMBAO: Words and music - Jacques Bouchut

A saxophone player lost his job. As he could no longer play the instrument, he went towards the Ocean of silences and noises and thus met surprising figures who were all musicians...

More in French: Words and music, November 2015.

TAMBAO: That's all cinema - Jacques Bouchut

The book is made of a short texts related to images of films. It is a cinema game that calls upon your imagination and memory...

More in French: That's all cinema, February 2015.

TAMBAO: An other book - Jacques Bouchut

A writer has found some pages from 3 manuscripts of his deceased father. Little fool of fresh water, the beginning of the cinemas (movies theaters). Do you believe? or the dream of Péh, love meeting and creation of a hotel restaurant. The sleepwalker's ballade, science-fiction or love story's memory?...

More in French: An other book, March 2014 / June 2015.

TAMBAO: Childhood's garden - Jacques Bouchut

Prune makes a chance discovery that his wind vane becomes a fantasy world at night inhabited by 4 familiar figures, the monsters from the garden of childhood...

More in French: Childhood garden, February 2013 / June 2015.

TAMBAO: On the other side of the world - Jacques Bouchut

So what is there on the other side of the world? It is up to the reader to decide whether one changes one’s reading habits in order to venture in other territories...

More in French: On the other side of the world, March 2013 / May 2015.

TAMBAO: Alfrèdo Cortex et la croix d'Agadez - Jacques Bouchut

Alfrèdo, a young boy, is kidnaped with his girl friend Mélodie. They are led to Sénégal, where they escape with the help of their friend Mamadou. But the troubles go on...

More in French: Alfrèdo Cortex and the cross from Agadez, children’s book, January 2014.

TAMBAO: Abracadir - Jacques Bouchut

In this coming-of-age-novel, Imer, a young boy with fertile imagination, meets a blind young girl. Cloune, his new friend, guides him on an incredible adventure...

More in French: Abracadir, October 2013.

TAMBAO: Kevin in Pompeii - JMJ Balder

A young boy finds himself transported by magic in Pompeii at the time of eruption of Vesuvius. Kevin befriends Alexandra, another young slave like him. He discovers how people lived in Pompeii just before the catastrophe....

More in French: Kevin in Pompeii, June 2013.

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