French Lessons by Peter Mayle
Adventures with Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew

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Peter Mayle, francophile phenomenon and author of A Year in Provence, brings another delightful (and delicious) account of the good life, this time exploring the gustatory pleasures to be found throughout France.

The French celebrate food and drink more than any other people, and 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 Chteau 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 inimitably charming guide, we come away with a satisfied smile (if a little hungry) and the compelling desire to book a flight to France at once.


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About Peter Mayle

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Peter Mayle is the author of twelve previous books, six of them novels. A recipient of the Légion d'Honneur from the French government for his cultural contributions, he has been living in Provence with his wife, Jennie, for twenty years.
 
Published December 16, 2003 by Vintage. 240 pages
Genres: Travel, Cooking, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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In this latest book, part travelogue, part guide to cuisine, Mayle leaves his beloved Provence behind and sets out to experience gastronomic pleasures available at food festivals and celebrations t

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Publishers Weekly

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In this latest book, part travelogue, part guide to cuisine, Mayle leaves his beloved Provence behind and sets out to experience gastronomic pleasures available at food festivals and celebrations throughout France.

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And as a final gesture of encouragement to the reader to partake, in person, of the delights just read, Mayle ends the book with contact information for the various festivals that he attended during the course of his research for this book, research which was performed primarily with a knife and ...

Jun 24 2001 | Read Full Review of French Lessons: Adventures wi...

Las Vegas Review Journal

Long before "Under the Tuscan Sun," Peter Mayle took us on a journey to an unknown world.

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