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A Pig in Provence: Good Food and Simple Pleasures in the South of France Hardcover – March 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Edition edition (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081185213X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811852135
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #959,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRAISE FOR A PIG IN PROVENCE
 
"You can almost smell the lavender as you follow Brennan's love affair with the province that became her second home and shaped the culinary persona of this cooking teacher and food author. Brennan is a talented storyteller."—San Francisco Chronicle

"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
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Georgeanne Brennan is an award-winning author of cooking and gardening books. She lives in Northern California and Provence, where she runs a seasonal cooking school.

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A very engaging story!
Ramona A. Katz
I love France, French food, travel stories, and cooking.
S. Jefferson
I didn't finish it because I got bored.
Frances Spear

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By R. Amaro on December 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a fantastic story about one woman's introduction to and exploration of life in Provence. The book takes you on a culinary journey through the region, with beautiful introductions to specialties of the area. Each chapter features a different major Provence food: truffles, goat cheese, garlic, etc and ends with a recipe that has been featured in the narrative. For those who want understand the relationship between the land, the food, and the people of Provence, this book is highly recommended.
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A PIG IN PROVENCE: GOOD FOOD AND SIMPLE PLEASURES IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE tells of a habitual France vacationer who decides to buy a small farmhouse deep in the backcountry. Thirty years later she tells the story of her life in Provence: a story that revolves around seasonal change, culinary specialties, and fun stories of the foodways and culture of the region. Any fan of Provence or French culinary traditions will find this gentle story revealing and appealing, and libraries catering to Francophiles will also find it a popular lend.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By WireChairsMissing on April 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
What an interesting, informative, and lovely culinary memoir! Georgeanne Brennan was a true trailblazer by going off to Provence with her family in the early 70's, at the height of the Vietnam War. This wasn't mere escapism--it was an attempt to get back to the land and learn what culinary traditions are all about (since most of those traditions in the U.S. were getting lost in the post-WWII industrialization of food production). Reading about the seasonal celebrations and ceremonies that are embedded in Provencal history is truly fascinating through the eyes of an American. Add to that a classic recipe at the end of each chapter that pertains to what you've just read preceeding it, and you have the perfect summer travel lit read!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By PAB on January 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is not only an immensely enjoyable memoir of provencal living which is so easy to read, it has a useful overview of subjects such as mushroom collecting with practical receipes at the end of each chapter. I have ALOT of books about americans living in France and this is one of my favorites to date.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Rennie on December 19, 2012
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Found the timeline jumping around disconcerting. two husbands/ different locations/ differnt years out of sequence. Reasonable coverage of Provence, the locals and cuisine but nowhere near the standards of Mayle's books on that area.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By R. Stout on September 8, 2008
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I have always enjoyed books on people who have moved to France and taken up residency. This book fit the bill, but only in a limited way. It was filled with far too many details on preparing particular Provencal dishes. While I enjoy good food, and learning more about French cuisine, I don't need to know the details of slaughtering a lamb or pig.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E.A. on December 8, 2012
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A quick time passing read, but it wasn't as good as I thought and I was a little disappointed. I wish I hadn't bought it and had waited for the library to get it. As a library book I probably would have skim read most of it. The stories were average and clique as far as stories of life in Provence goes and I felt as if I had heard/read them elsewhere which only a few details changed. I also felt the book was one written after the author has been a success so the publishers will print anything written regardless of whether it is any good or not. After every chapter or so, there would be a recipe, some were good, but many I already had a better authentic Provence recipe I preferred to use.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bookgal on January 16, 2012
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I loved this book! The author did a great job of transporting me to Provence and walking me through each experience she encountered from Kidding a goat, to making cheese, to forming friendships, and hunting for truffles. I had a hard time putting the book down!
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