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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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French Lessons was my third Mayle book, and the best yet. His self-deprecating style and British wit celebrates Gallic joy.Published 23 days ago by rodinsd
Been reading Peter Mayle's books for years. Love each & every one of them. French Lessons is another hit. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mary J. Matlock
Mayle is terrific. He has both fiction and non-fiction about the south of France, where he and his wife moved after his career in British advertising. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bill
I had purchased this book several years ago, read it and lent it out. It didn't come back and I didn't know who to ask, so, after a couple more years, I ordered a new one; I liked... Read morePublished 4 months ago by DaMama
Worth every caloric detail of French life Peter Mayle brings to your table. A vacation for the traveller in all of us who like to wander purposefully from restaurant to winery to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by PJ Leary
Neither heat, nor cold, nor muddy fields keeps Peter Mayle away from a good food related festival. The author searched out for the unique and uniquely French food festivals to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Travellin' Suz
Fabulous book ... I've read it three times. Could possibly be my favorite Peter Mayle ! Also, since I'm an artist, I am especially happy to have this book on cd - I listen to it... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ann E. Schlegel
Chapter by chapter, Peter Mayle vividly portrays the French and their often times rather bizarre culinary traditions. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Maureen