A delightful, delicious, and best-selling account of the gustatory pleasures to be found throughout France, from the beloved author of A Year in Provence.
The French celebrate food and drink more than any other people, and Peter Mayle shows us just how contagious their enthusiasm can be. We visit the Foire aux Escargots. We attend a truly French marathon, where the beverage of choice is Château Lafite-Rothschild rather than Gatorade. We search out the most pungent cheese in France, and eavesdrop on a heated debate on the perfect way to prepare an omelet. We even attend a Catholic mass in the village of Richerenches, a sacred event at which thanks are given for the aromatic, mysterious, and breathtakingly expensive black truffle. With Mayle as our charming guide, we come away satisfied (if a little hungry), and with a sudden desire to book a flight to France at once.
I'm an unusually fast reader, but I carried this book with me everywhere, savoring it slowly, reading it in small bites over several months. It flooded my senses with many wonderful memories, transporting me back to the France I love, even if only for an hour at a time. A beautiful mental holiday. This is one of the rare books that ranks reading between other books.
The recipes alone make this book worthy of putting it in your cookbook collection.
My daughter has since taken custody of my book, and is happily immersed in this lucious work.