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If the goal of this book is to make the reader want to go on a food tour of France, then it 100% succeeded as far as I am concerned The food descriptions in French Lessons were mouthwatering I never wanted to eat frog legs until I read Mayle s descriptions of their buttery garlicy goodness. The author Maybe, goes around to some regional food events around France frogs, snails, wine, chicken, etc There seems to be a celebration of every spectrum of French culinary delights While I would have appreciated it most from an American, I enjoyed the French perspective from an Anglo Saxon Englishmen He also compares and contrasts the English with the French quite a bit too which I thought was interesting For example, at one point, he describes english cuisine as stodgy , which was a big payoff for me from watch the British Baking Show Insights into the French food culture and psyche helped me to understand the world a little better as the French, especially, French cuisine have so much influence over western culture For example, look a the menu from any given western restaurant in the world and you will see traces of a French heritage One critique is he gets a little excited w French phrases scattered throughout the book and most of them I couldn t understand. Updated Peter Mayle is a very accomplished writer I think he could make the nutrition facts of shredded wheat cereal sound impossibly droll However, the real magic here is the narrator, Simon Jones The whole family loved this okay, not the three year old and we cannot wait to go to Provence But we ll have to because there are no plans in place Just some dreams and this audiobook which you will not be sorry you listened to.Just started listening to this whilst he s British, okay It s infectious I run I WAS listening to the Winston Churchill also British 3 volume series on WWII but I needed a break because, seriously, am I really supposed to care how many damn Howitzers they had Give me something to hang on to, Winnie, tell me about some of the repart e between you and ol FDR When did you realize he couldn t walk Did your gaydar go off the exact second you met Eleanor or was it not until she gave Clementine the once over No Don t want to talk about that Okay then, sure, you just carry on about tanks and ammunition and for gosh sakes don t forget to continue cataloging every damn nap you took while in office and I ll just take a second here to dart in front of THIS ONCOMING BUS Or, I will just roll my eyes and run home and go to Audible and pick something else Like this perfectly reasonable little book on food and travel which I m hoping is just the ticket. I came across this book during our book clean out Having read Mayle s previous books, I picked this one up at Logos when I still worked there, but had never read it I decided to finally read it, so I could give it away For this book, Mayle, an English author living in France, decided to investigate fairs and festivals connected with food and drink, the unusual the better Frogs, truffles, snails, and always wine If he had read his maps correctly, he would also have written about a blood sausage festival I m sorry to have missed that All of Mayle s books are so deliciously complete that you feel you were there You can taste 20 different wines in a night without a hangover He seems to have been invited to all the best events, including a French marathon he was a spectator where the runners take wine breaks rather than water breaks By the time I was halfway into this book, I had a strong desire to find a French restaurant, but being unadventurous in my food choices, I couldn t possibly have appreciated it the way Mayle does.His description of how the Michelin system works, at the end of the book, was fascinating. ( Kindle ) ☨ French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew ♰ A Delightful, Delicious, And Best Selling Account Of The Gustatory Pleasures To Be Found Throughout France, From The Beloved Author Of A Year In ProvenceThe French Celebrate Food And Drink Than Any Other People, And Peter Mayle Shows Us Just How Contagious Their Enthusiasm Can Be We Visit The Foire Aux Escargots We Attend A Truly French Marathon, Where The Beverage Of Choice Is Ch Teau Lafite Rothschild Rather Than Gatorade We Search Out The Most Pungent Cheese In France, And Eavesdrop On A Heated Debate On The Perfect Way To Prepare An Omelet We Even Attend A Catholic Mass In The Village Of Richerenches, A Sacred Event At Which Thanks Are Given For The Aromatic, Mysterious, And Breathtakingly Expensive Black Truffle With Mayle As Our Charming Guide, We Come Away Satisfied If A Little Hungry , And With A Sudden Desire To Book A Flight To France At Once
Peter Mayle is to be envied Some people s work involves overseeing hundreds of people and managing the affairs of a business that skirts bankruptcy every other day Some put their life in peril, fighting fires or confronting criminals Some are pushed to their physical limits putting in long hours on the factory floor Mayle, on the other hand, must roam France and subject himself to its extraordinary culinary pleasures, then regale readers with stories of this most dreadful task Mayle is an author who loves France, and after dining with him vicariously through French Lessons, it s easy to understand why How can one resist a people who love food this much A retired barfly refers to cuisine as the religion of France, and it s a religion that s quite robust Mayle visits festival after festival celebrating local delicacies truffles, snails, vintage wine and immerses himself fully in the traditional celebrations of these foodstuffs It s either the French gift for cooking or Mayle s for writing, but he does manage to make the task of delivering a slug from its shell sound not only fun, but appetizing Part of the fun of the book is that Mayle always finds someone passionate to dine with, and they both drink themselves silly Although the book seems written mostly to entertain, Mayle s emphasis on eating quality food for pleasure supported the principles Mireille Guiliano demonstrated in French Women Don t Get Fat This is a quick, zesty, and entertaining read. 2.5 starsThe author writes about food and wine in France I think I received this via a white elephant swap a while back I m not a foodie, and I m sure someone who appreciates food, particularly French food, would get much out of this I found most of the food he discussed quite disgusting I also don t drink alcohol, including wine, though I think there was only one chapter on wine maybe two At the same time, he actually is an engaging writer And there were a couple chapters near the end that didn t talk about food that I found interesting one was about food critics and travel guide ratings, and one was an entertaining chapter as the author and his wife stayed at a spa for a few days. If you live in France, vacation in France or aspire to travel there, you will enjoy this engaging book Fluffy and partial to hyperbole, this book is well written and a delightfully easy read I might even consider the Medoc Marathon or the cleansing spa Might. This book, in hard copy, was given to me as a gift 19 year ago when it came out in paperback I just never got around to reading it for some reason I finally listened to the audiobook this week and it s so enjoyable Definitely gets you hungry, and makes you want to go on a food oriented travel adventure.