French Lessons : Adventures With Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew

French Lessons : Adventures With Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew

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From Peter Mayle, a joyous exploration and celebration of the infinite gastronomic pleasures of France.

Ranging far from his adopted Provence, Mayle now travels to every corner of the country, armed with knife, fork, and corkscrew. He takes us to tiny, out-of-the-way restaurants, starred Michelin wonders, local village markets, annual festivals, and blessed vineyards.

We visit the Foire aux Escargots at Martigny-les-Bains a whole weekend devoted to the lowly but revered snail. We observe the Marathon du Medoc, where runners passing through the great vineyards of Bordeaux refresh themselves en route with tastings of red wine (including Chateau Lafite-Rothschild!). There is a memorable bouillabaisse in a beachside restaurant on the Cute d'Azur. And we go on a search for the perfect chicken that takes us to a fair in Bourg-en-Bresse.

There is a Catholic mass in the village of Ri-cherenches, a sacred event at which thanks are given for the aromatic, mysterious, and breathtakingly expensive black truffle. We learn which is the most pungent cheese in France (it's in Normandy), witness a debate on the secret of the perfect omelette, and pick up a few luscious recipes along the way. There is even an appreciation and celebration of an essential tool for any serious food-lover in France, the Michelin Guide.

"Here we have all the glory and pleasure of the French table in the most satisfying book yet from the toujours delightfully entertaining"
--Peter Mayle.

Baker & Taylor
The author offers a culinary tour of France in search of the perfect country bistro, village market, omelette, and bottle of wine.

& Taylor

The best-selling author of A Year in Provence and Encore Provence takes readers on a culinary tour of France in search of the perfect country bistro, village market, omelette, and bottle of wine. 250,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2001
ISBN: 9780375405907
Characteristics: ix, 227 p. : ill ; 23 cm


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Oct 03, 2018

I’d call it a book of essays. Enjoyed all the humour and the author’s first-hand experience and observations of conversations and characters. Will read more books by the same author. It was a pleasant read.

Aug 14, 2017

It started out slow but I ended up loving this delicious read. So many places I now need to travel in France! Great detail, sordid humor and amazing recounts! Loved the layout and spread!!

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