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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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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 15 days ago by Anastasia Beaverhausen
Buy every book Peter Mayle writes and can't wait until the newest is released.Published 1 month 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 2 months ago by Valerie Provines
As always...another great read by Peter Mayle. Entertaining and light--you really can taste the burgundy and sample the food right along with his musings about it. Would recommend!Published 4 months ago by Wendy Koltz
I love Peter Mayles' humor. This book makes me so envious of living in France. It sounds like every day with Peter Mayles and his friends is an adventure that I would give... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kathryn E. Wales
If you are planning a trip to France this book will give you an insight into that odd, contrary, and fascinating culture of the French. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Suzanne Labonte