A joyous exploration and celebration of the infinite gastronomic pleasures of France.
Ranging far from his adopted Provence, Peter Mayle now travels to every corner of the country, armed with knife, fork, and corkscrew. He takes us to tiny, out-of-the-way restaurants, three-star Michelin wonders, local village markets, annual festivals, and blessed vineyards. We visit the Foire aux Escargots at Matigny-les-Bains–a whole weekend devoted to the lowly but revered snail. We observe the Medoc Marathon, where runners refresh themselves enroute with tastings of red wine (including Chateau Lafite-Rothschild!). There is bouillabaisse in a beachside restaurant in St. Tropez. A search for the perfect chicken that takes us to a fair in Bourg-en-Bresse. There is even a Catholic mass in the village of Richerenches, a sacred event at which thanks is given for the aromatic, mysterious, and breathtakingly expensive black truffle. We learn which is the most pungent cheese in France (it’s in Normandy), witness a debate on the secret of the perfect omelet, and pick up a few luscious recipes along the way.
All the glory and pleasure on the French table in the most satisfying audiobook yet from the toujours delightfully entertaining Peter Mayle.
“Delectable . . . as satisfying as a meal in a Michelin-rated three-star restaurant.”–USA Today
“Mayle’s descriptions are as mouth watering as the food he samples.”–Rocky Mountain News
“So evocative you can almost feel the bib tied around his chin and sip the last drop of Bordeaux at the bottom of his glass.” –The Washington Post
“Charming. . . . [Peter Mayle] whets the reader’s appetite for all things French. Even frog legs. Or especially frog legs.”–Nashville City Paper
“Armchair diners will doubtless find the fourth volume…as tasty as ever.”–New York Magazine
“Mayle’s descriptions are as mouth watering as the food he samples. He captures the comic while never depreciating the subject.”–Rocky Mountain News
“Savory, sensual, positively transporting stories about his encounters with Gallic gustatory delights and about his growing appreciation of the central place food occupies in French life…. His descriptions of the meals they serve allow us to practically taste the frog legs and truffles right along with him.”–Booklist
“Whether you’re going to France or just to eat, Mayle is worth reading.”–San Jose Mercury News
“Foodies and Francophiles will discover a like-minded devotee. And all but the strictest vegetarian will be made hungry by this book. Mayle’s form is every bit as good as ever.”–The Associated Press