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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.

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

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    Diane joliet, IL, USA 02-13-05
    Diane joliet, IL, USA 02-13-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Delightful"

    What fun. This book sent be reaching for my travel planner and wishing I too could enjoy all the local festivals and food fairs deep in the French countryside. Peter Mayle writes with wit and joy as usual and lives the life I dream of. A great look into the little known side of the France I love and the food I crave. Mayle makes the simple life the French enjoy one to be craved. Tres Bon!!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Diana New York, NY, USA 01-11-05
    Diana New York, NY, USA 01-11-05
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    "French Lessons"

    This book was hilarious! I recommend it for people who love (French) food and wine -- and I dare say it -- French and France. Better yet for those who have spent some time amongst the Brits and can appreciate the narrator. Superb! This was my first book with Audible and I was completely hooked. Enjoy.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa ROSWELL, GA, United States 10-02-10
    Lisa ROSWELL, GA, United States 10-02-10
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    "Hilarious!"

    This is one of the funniest books I have ever encountered. Peter Mayle writes with such humour, and Simon Jones brings it to life in his uniques animated fashion. Fabulous!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bridget Blacksburg, VA, United States 12-15-09
    Bridget Blacksburg, VA, United States 12-15-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Appetizing Read"

    I do not enjoy travel and have a terribly untutored palate, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love listening to descriptions of people enjoying food and wine, and Peter Mayle conveys his enjoyment and manages to include me at the table. I, like Mr. Jenkins, never eat anything I can't pronounce, but Mr. Mayle broadens my horizons and allows me the second-hand experience of far-away things without leaving home. The narrator was excellent, surpassed only by Mayle himself. This is a wonderful listen for a slow day on the porch or in the garden.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Durham, NC, USA 05-31-06
    Michael Durham, NC, USA 05-31-06
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    "Wonderful!"

    This is a wonderful book! I highly recommend listening. The naration brings you into the story and you feel like you are participating in the events. It is an enlightening account of France and the French people by someone who is not French, but who has fallen in love with France and its citizens. I bought this after returning from a trip to Paris, which was the greatest trip I've ever taken, and reading this book afterwards has made me fall deeply in love with France. I cannot wait to go back!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dana MANZANITA, OR, United States 05-01-13
    Dana MANZANITA, OR, United States 05-01-13 Member Since 2011

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    "A delightful romp through French food and wine"

    I just finished up listening to this delightful tale of food and wine. The narrator was wonderful and the author had me hooked, knife, spoon and fork. The book is autobiography of Peter Mayle and his experiences with the French and their obsession; food and wine. His wit is sharp as cheese and had me giggling like a school girl with a first glass of wine. It was lighthearted and food filled. Perfect. No villains, no murder, no scandalous rendezvouses, unless you count the encounter with frog's legs. The only trouble with this book, is that it ended way too soon! I'm popping over to get another one of his books. Cheers!

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    Danielle WARNER ROBINS, GA, United States 11-23-12
    Danielle WARNER ROBINS, GA, United States 11-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Preview of A Year In Provence - entertaining!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of French Lessons to be better than the print version?

    Yes, easily better. One cannot be nearer to the feel of living there and visiting there, and dealing with the French on their own terms.


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

    It was all equally well done.


    What about Simon Jones’s performance did you like?

    He does Mayle as I would expect, based on Mayle's "A Year in Provence." That makes it excellent, alone!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Prologue to A Year in Provence. And the story continues.


    Any additional comments?

    I really suggest that readers rent the movie, A Year in Provence. It will give a great insight into Mayle.

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    Anne United States 07-09-12
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    "Very enjoyable and entertaining"
    What did you love best about French Lessons?

    We love France - especially the food and the wine. This book highlights the unique food festivals in an entertaining, humorous and educational way.


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

    We were traveling in the car, so we listened to the book in one sitting. A perfect book for that.


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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
    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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