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Ten Trees and a Truffle Dog: Sniffing Out the Perfect Plot in Provence Paperback – May 1, 2012

4.8 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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Provençals let very little stand between them and their favorite comestible: the truffle. Let the price rise to €1,000 per kilo, and they may break out their shotguns to defend their truffle-laden terroir, but they never stop consuming the ultra-aromatic fungus. Wine dealer Ivey, a transplant from Britain to southern France, has fallen in love with truffles, and he sets out to buy his own slice of earth bearing the coveted oak trees whose roots hide the black diamonds. Even the demands of a toddler underfoot don’t dissuade him from a real estate deal that requires the building of a new house and the acquisition of a truffle dog, in this case the rare breed, petit chien lion (little lion dog), whose puppyhood exhausts the family’s patience, even as he is being trained to sniff out the elusive truffle. Both lovers of Provence and fans of dog stories will find plenty to savor in these pages. --Mark Knoblauch --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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'The best relocation book I have read and a smashing book by any standards. No condescension, no mysticism, just a robust response to the realities. Well plotted, with humour, characters and jeopardy. It kept me up half the night.' -- Terry Darlington, author of Narrow Dog to Carcasonne 'Warmth, sunshine, lavender, baking bread, garlic, pastis, Gauloises - and, of course, truffles. The scents and flavours of Provence waft and spill from every delicious page. Read it and salivate.' -- Antony Woodward, author of The Garden in the Clouds and Propellerhead 'Jamie's evocative writing always makes me hungry!' -- Olly Smith, television presenter and wine expert 'A great read. This entertaining story of truffles, healthcare and building a la francaise had me engaged and laughing out loud.' -- Caro Feely, author of Grape Expectations 'Jamie Ivey's evocative descriptions of the characters, food and wines of Provence in Ten Trees and a Truffle Dog are often so vividly seductive that I was honestly tempted - as a vegetarian alcoholic sworn off the booze - to return to eating savoury meat dishes and quaffing rose wine. I think I'll pass on the steak tartare though! A brilliant read, highly recommended.' -- John Dummer, author of Serge Bastarde Ate My Baguette 'This is a great and humorous adventure of relocating to a foreign land and the realities of French bureaucracy ready to crush a mad Englishman's dreams!!' -- Julie Knowles Waterstones' Bookseller 'their tale is by turns laugh-out-loud and poignant.' French Property News 'a charming story.' Destination France 'I laughed out loud and wept with them. From the descriptions of markets, recipes and food, one can practically smell the garlic, herbs and truffles.' Townswoman magazine 'Jamie has a talent for infusing each character with such life that you feel as if you've known them forever... Beautifully narrated, with writing as crisp and cool as a glass of Jamie's favourite rose, Ten Trees and a Truffle Dog is the perfect escape from a bleak winter's day, and the titular truffle dog is the perfect companion.' PetFocus
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale Publishers (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849532389
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849532389
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this book. It is well written (the author formerly practiced as a lawyer) and interesting. I read it over 2 days, and kept wanting to go back to the book to read more. The story is in the style of A Year in Provence and Under the Tuscan Sun, but with a heartwarming story of his daughter's birth and early years as a side story. And I love dogs, and could relate to all the dog stories too. I would love to see a sequel! I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a stress-free read about France, travel, children and dogs. It is a great book to read on a vacation, a lengthy plane trip or a long weekend at home. I see that the author has also written some nonfiction books about wine that have also been well received. I look forward to reading those too.
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Format: Kindle Edition
A well written book based on Jamie's family life in Provence - living, working, building a house - and of course truffle hunting. Reminded me a bit of Peter Mayle's style of writing, which I also love. Good book and I hope Jamie writes another one.
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Enjoyable, fast read about an English family's life in Provence and their attempts to train a truffle dog, build a house, and understand the Provencal psyche. I laughed out loud often and agree with the reader who likened the writing to Peter Mayle's style. I will definitely go back and read some of the earlier books by this author. I would have loved to see more photos, especially of the finished house. As with all my favorite books, I was sorry when I came to the last page of this one.
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Good, easy read about living in Provençe and the experiences of an English couple who decide to build a house on acreage that contains trees that might produce truffles. I got several chuckles and enjoyed reading about the "truffle business" and the quirks that come along as a young couple purposes to raise a family, build a house, and make a living in this wonderful part of France. I love reading travel stories about France and this is a good one. Anxious to read the author's other books!
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Format: Kindle Edition
Having really enjoyed Jamie’s first book Extremely Pale Rosé I couldn’t resist jumping in to read about a new chapter in his life. Now that they have a baby on the way, it is time for Jamie and his wife to put down roots and settle into family life in Provence. What could be more perfect than a plot of land in a perfect location, giving them the chance to build the perfect house and that comes with it’s own prized truffle oak trees? Well, without giving too much away, let’s just say they hadn’t bargained on health issues, building (and especially dodgy builder) issues, puppy training issues and poachers. Jamie was able to turn these issues into an amusing read and he also included lots of delicious food delights of the region, washed down with a generous supply of rosé wine and I was in my element.

If you are looking for a memoir about the ups and downs of family life in Provence, are interested in the food and wine of France and you want to learn more about the delicious truffle and how to find it, I can recommend this book.
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Format: Paperback
Love every one of his books. They are fantastically readable. The only negative point is that they need to come to an end.
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Format: Hardcover
This is the 4th in a series which you can read independently but as they are SO engaging you really shouldn't miss the first 3. They are in order - Extremely Pale Rose, La Vie en Rose, & Rose en Marche . The first is a travel lark looking for the palest rose in France. In the
second & third, Jamie and Tanya, a British couple have committed to leaving their London lives & opening a rose bar & then selling rose
in the village marches as they navigate local custom & French bureaucracy. If you have ever considered making a big change to follow a dream this series will intrigue you. If you love France, particularly Provence and are also fond of their food & wine, you will be enthralled.
This book opens with the birth of their 1st child. Soon a truffle sniffing dog is added to the family. The reality of their commitment to live
permanently in France has set in and they experience the challenge of building a house there. They learn and grow & we do along with them.
But mainly you will laugh as Jamie Ivey has a way at making even disasters very humorous. He is a delightful writer. I highly recommend
all his books and his new website provenceguru.com. Let 's lobby him for the 5th book!!
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