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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,009 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Mayle Narrator: Simon Jones Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Ranging far from his adopted Provence, Mayle now travels to every corner of France 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 Médoc, where runners passing through the great vineyards of Bordeaux refresh themselves en route with tastings of red wine (including Château Lafite-Rothschild). There is a memorable bouillabaisse in a beachside restaurant on the Côte 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 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 delightfully entertaining Peter Mayle.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Delectable . . . as satisfying as a meal in a Michelin-rated three-star restaurant. USA Today
  • “Mayle’s descriptions are as mouth watering as the food he samples. Rocky Mountain News
  • “So evocative you can almost feel the bib tied around his chin and sip the last drop of Bordeaux at the bottom of his glass. The Washington Post
  • Charming. . . . [Peter Mayle] whets the reader’s appetite for all things French. Even frog legs. Or especially frog legs. Nashville City Paper
  • “Armchair diners will doubtless find the fourth volume…as tasty as ever. New York Magazine
  • Savory, sensual, positively transporting stories about his encounters with Gallic gustatory delights and about his growing appreciation of the central place food occupies in French life…. His descriptions of the meals they serve allow us to practically taste the frog legs and truffles right along with him. Booklist
  • Whether you’re going to France or just to eat, Mayle is worth reading. San Jose Mercury News
  • “Foodies and Francophiles will discover a like-minded devotee. And all but the strictest vegetarian will be made hungry by this book. Mayle’s form is every bit as good as ever. The Associated Press

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sheila | 2/16/2014

    " Hysterically funny. A series of contemplations, loosely food related. I could read this over and over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kristin | 2/8/2014

    " If you are going to France, you MUST buy this book. It's hilarious and gives you such a great perspective on the French people and their food. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nancy | 1/24/2014

    " A collection of essays on various festivals, all food related, in France. As usual, Mayle's style is breezy and humorous. A pleasant read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rich | 1/24/2014

    " A book any gastronome will love. Each chapter details a food or wine festival that the author visited in France. From truffles to cheeses and frogs, the stories will make you laugh and your stomach growl. "

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