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A Pig in Provence: Good Food and Simple Pleasures in the South of France Paperback – April 7, 2008
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"Georgeanne Brennan's captivating memoir reminds me of why I, too, was enchanted by Provence. She beautifully captures the details of living in a place where the culture of the table ties a community together—where everyone knows the butcher and the baker, and everyone depends on the farmers."—Alice Waters, owner, Chez Panisse
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Diane C. Donovan
The negatives are, unfortunately, many. First of all Georgeanne jumps around in time far too much. It gets confusing. I do think a memoir should be fairly chronological. Then there is little about the towns of Provence: I miss the colourful descriptions I came across in other, similar books. Georgeanne's style, unfortunately, is somewhat lacklustre. I missed the sparkle which should have been there.
Information and description of people are there, but too thin on the ground. She mentions Donald, her first husband, frequently, but she never gives him a word of dialogue or a mind of his own, so he stays a mere paper cutout and not a real person at all.
I badly missed the more intimate details of her own life, which really should be what a memoir is about. She mentions a second husband, Jim, but we never learn (can you believe) what happened to Donald. Did they divorce or did he die? She does not tell us how Jim came into her life. In the end we also do not know what happened to her children as adults. It's as if Georgeanne went out of her way to keep any personal information a secret -- what a pity. One can reveal one's real life without compromising too much privacy. So a more detailed telling of her own life story would have made this book much more interesting. And then there's a lack of humour, always so welcome in a memoir like this.
She mentions a cooking "school" which she seemed to set up later in life, but again -- no details!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a joyful book, describing a life I'd love to experience! Georgeanne Brennan describes the locale in France where she has spent much of her adult life (with recipes).Published 23 days ago by E. L. Welty
Interesting insight into the lives of people in Provence with some good recipes mixed in.Published 2 months ago by Linda R. Ramsey
Wonderful book. Makes you feel like you ARE in Provence. A treat to read and some good recipes in there too.Published 2 months ago by Barbara Iannuccilli
A book that invites you to travel and enjoy the fine food in Provence, France. I liked specifically how people live in the country side, their candor, the traditional processing of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Juan B. Mansfield
I enjoyed this book a lot because of the history of the recipes she gave in this book. While she did mention
her family a lot, I think she could have made the book a lot more... Read more
I did not find this book to be my taste. I had read a book which I thought was by the same author, but was ill informed. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Red Banana
This book is one of those that you take a chance that it will be interesting because it is different from what you usually read. Read morePublished 3 months ago by marcia a curran
This was an enjoyable book that was perfect for an overseas flight.Published 3 months ago by L. Cohen