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Mayle's gastronomic baptism occurs when, as a 19-year-old, he dines for the first time in France. "At the first mouthful of French bread and French butter," he writes, "my taste buds, dormant until then, went into spasm." The paroxysm leads to serious food-and-wine perambulations--and, finally, to chapters including "The Thigh-Taster of Vitel" (a frog-eating fete); "Slow Food" (snail love in Martigny les Bains) and "The Guided Stomach" (an investigation of the Michelin Guide restaurant inspection), among others. Readers are also present for a debate on the secret of the perfect omelet; a search for the best possible chicken in Bourg-en-Bresse; and a visit to a St. Tropez restaurant notable for its scantily clad habitués. Those familiar with Mayle's work, and those yet to discover it, are in for a treat. --Arthur Boehm
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I loved this book! It makes me want to travel through France and take up french cooking lessons!!Published 1 month ago by Mary
Fun and exciting as a person on my way to France for the first time this Fall! Loved the insight into the culture and the people and written with a great sense of humor and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Diana K. Brown
I'd read this book some years ago, but bought a new copy recently to give to my girlfriend. Peter Mayle is a graceful writer, and the chapters describe various places throughout... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Al Maher
This is a fantastic book! Hilarious anecdotes in Mayle's unobtrusive English style. If you love food or even if you just want to read about some ridiculously amusing French... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Anastasia Beaverhausen
Buy every book Peter Mayle writes and can't wait until the newest is released.Published 5 months ago by william l. sturman sr.
I'm into food but this has got to be too much into food, driving hours to eat and the whole book's about it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Valerie Provines