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French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew (2002)
by Peter Mayle
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 thetoujoursdelightfully entertaining Peter Mayle.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)641.013 — Technology and Application of Knowledge Home and family management Food And Drink Gastronomy, Epicurism Eating Philosophy
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An edition of this book was published by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Iniciativa Digital Politècnica (IDP).