French Toast by Harriet Welty Rochefort
An American in Paris Celebrates the Maddening Mysteries of the French

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Peter Mayle may have spent a year in Provence, but Harriet Welty Rochefort writes from the wise perspective of one who has spent more than twenty years living among the French. From a small town in Iowa to the City of Light, Harriet has done what so many of dream of one day doing-she picked up and moved to France. But it has not been twenty years of fun and games; Harriet has endured her share of cultural bumps, bruises, and psychic adjustments along the way.

In French Toast, she shares her hard-earned wisdom and does as much as one woman can to demystify the French. She makes sense of their ever-so-French thoughts on food, money, sex, love, marriage, manners, schools, style, and much more. She investigates such delicate matters as how to eat asparagus, how to approach Parisian women, how to speak to merchants, how to drive, and, most important, how to make a seven-course meal in a silk blouse without an apron! Harriet's first-person account offers both a helpful reality check and a lot of very funny moments.

 

About Harriet Welty Rochefort

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HARRIET WELTY ROCHEFORT writes from the experience of  over 30 years in Paris.  A journalist who has contributed articles to Time and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, among others, she teaches journalism at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris.
 
Published April 1, 2010 by Thomas Dunne Books. 224 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Travel, Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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During the 1970s, Rochefort moved from Shenandoah, Iowa, to Paris, where she met and married her husband, Philippe. Here, she offers her reflections on what it's like to be the wife of a Frenchman and

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