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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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Top Customer Reviews
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 ›
I have never entertained any notion to travel to France. Not on my bucket list, just have never wanted to go. But after reading this, I might consider it. Not your typical travelogue, the author invites you into her home and her life in Provence.From raising goats and making cheese, to hunting mushrooms, to attending a local wedding, Ms. Brennan takes the reader on a tour of her life.
Each chapter has a recipe at the end so the reader can try their hand at French cuisine. I have always shied away from French cooking. Too frou-frou,too pretentious. Well how wrong have I been?! The food of Provence is based on simple earthy local ingredients.
This was just the right tonic for my winter blahs. Now where do I want to go next?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love France. Always dreamed of living in Provence. This book gave me a little taste of what it was like. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Davis P. Noble
I loved this book! The winning combination of food and relationships is key.Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
It was a delightful read, with many high calorie recipes. Georganne talks about her early life, but mentions a new marriage, but no details. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Escapist
I enjoyed the beginning third of the book that spoke of the author's early days in France. However it quickly became a laundry list of the food that she ate. Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. Tobin
Memories of when I was there. Very realistic of how it was. Well done!Published 1 month ago by David Sengpiel
I didn't really care for this book. I thought the author went into too much detail about some of the old traditions of this area - and some of the recipes that she had in the book... Read morePublished 1 month ago by JoAnn Spransy
A celebration of food and relationships. Delightful and makes me want to try this at home. Looking for Georgeann's next book.Published 2 months ago by Dorice Tharp