Peter Mayle is the author of fifteen books, nine of them novels, including the beloved bestseller A Year in Provence. A recipient of the Lï¿½gion d'Honneur from the French government for his cultural contributions, he lived in Provence with his wife, Jennie, for more than twenty-five years. Mayle died in 2018.
In this latest book, part travelogue, part guide to cuisine, Mayle leaves his beloved Provence behind and sets out to experience gastronomic pleasures available at food festivals and celebrations throughout France. The always curious and friendly Mayle befriends colorful locals at such events as a frog's-leg festival in Vitel, where "thigh tasting" is regarded as a reverent act. The best advice when eating escargots, he finds, is that one should eat them "through the nose, not through the eyes." By far the most fascinating and bizarre event is a Catholic mass in the village of Richerenches whose main purpose is giving thanks for the adored, rare and costly black truffle. Mayle's wry, colorful and playful prose effectively conveys just how seriously the French take their food. Simon Jones, who also gave a wonderful reading of Mayle's A Dog's Life, is a highly entertaining performer with a voice and energy reminiscent of John Cleese. Paired with Mayle's witty and unpretentious style, his reading makes listening to this book delicious and satisfying. Simultaneous release with the Knopf hardcover. (May 8) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
"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
"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