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French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew | [Peter Mayle]

French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew

Armed with knife, fork, and corkscrew, Peter Mayle travels to every corner of France. From bouillabaisse to escargot, here is all the glory and pleasure of the French table in the most satisfying audiobook. Bon appétit!
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Publisher's Summary

Ranging far from his adopted Provence, Peter Mayle now travels to every corner of France, armed with knife, fork, and corkscrew. He takes us to tiny, out-of-the-way restaurants, starred Michelin wonders, local village markets, annual festivals, and blessed vineyards.

We visit the Foire aux Escargots at Martigny-les-Bains - a whole weekend devoted to the lowly but revered snail. We observe the Marathon du Médoc, where runners passing through the great vineyards of Bordeaux refresh themselves en route with tastings of red wine (including ChĊteau Lafite-Rothschild!). There is a memorable bouillabaisse in a beachside restaurant on the Côte d'Azur. And we go on a search for the perfect chicken that takes us to a fair in Bourg-en-Bresse.

There is a Catholic mass in the village of Richerenches, a scared event at which thanks are 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 omelette, and pick up a few luscious recipes along the way. There is even an appreciation and celebration of an essential tool for any serious food-lover in France - the Michelin Guide.

Here we have all the glory and pleasure of the French table in the most satisfying audiobook yet from the toujours delightfully entertaining Peter Mayle.

© 2001 by Escargot Productions Ltd.; (P)2001 Random House Inc., Random House AudioBooks, A Division of Random House Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Simon Jones performs Mayle's firsthand account with absolute assurance and skill." (AudioFile)

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    wayne Stockbridge, Ga, United States 03-19-12
    wayne Stockbridge, Ga, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "An interesting trip through France"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It had very interesting facts on French culture. I like to know why we do certian things the way we do them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of French Lessons?

    The stories of all the little fairs that he attended.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I could find the time to. It wasn't hard to be drawn right back into the story when I had a chance to listen again.


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    Amanda Tampa, FL, USA 07-01-08
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    "Great Listen"

    I also thought Simon Jones did a great job with the narration. As a foodie and Francophile, only being there could be better. I'll listen to this one again and again.

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    Milo Bruxelles, N/A, Belgium 03-29-04
    Milo Bruxelles, N/A, Belgium 03-29-04
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    "A grating reader..."

    The over-cooked English accent that the reader employs sounds like a monty-pythonesque parody: impossible to sit through!

    4 of 19 people found this review helpful

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