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Peter Mayle has contributed to a wide range of publications in England, France and America, and his work has been translated into twenty-two languages. His books, many of them published by Penguin, include A Year in Provence, Toujours Provence, Hotel Pastis, A Dog's Life, Anything Considered, Chasing Cezanne and Encore Provence.


Can former Madison Avenue copywriter Mayle really provide a third entertaining yet informative tribute to living in Provence? The answer is an emphatic and hearty "yes!" Following his previous two highly successful books on the same subject (A Year in Provence and Toujours Provence), Mayle recounts his return to France in a collection of essays that celebrates the unique lifestyle and habits of the Provence natives. His interactions with the locals include an amazing luncheon discussion of the perfect corkscrew, followed by the excursion to obtain one; questions he encounters at a dry cleaners about the specific vintage of each wine stain on a garment; and learning about the art of perfume sniffing and olive oil tasting. The cuisine of Provence forms a major focus, where food is savored, and fast food is unknown. In part a guidebook, Mayle's volume describes black tomatoes, truffles, cheese, and olive oil in mouth-watering passages. Unlike Parisians, according to Mayle the French who live outside Paris are warm, passionate, and enjoy life to the fullest. For those who will be sampling Proven‡al life for the first time, this will be an exquisite introduction; David Case as reader provides a stylish delivery. An admirable tribute to a little piece of heaven on earth; highly recommended for all public and academic libraries.ÄGloria Maxwell, Penn Valley Community Coll., Kansas City, MO Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

After a four-year leave, Mayle is back in the region he described in his bestselling A Year in Provence and Toujours ProvenceÄand the British author's fans will be pleased that he decided to return to his adopted homeland, for his writing is as charming and witty as ever. In the first chapter, "Second Impressions," Mayle explains that he and his wife quit the convenient, efficient life in America for the "smell of thyme in the fields" and "the swirl and jostle of Sunday-morning markets" of Provence. Mayle goes on to make hash of former New York Times restaurant critic Ruth Reichl's disparaging assessment of Provence, apparently based on a single August visit, and heaps scorn on those who consider themselves to be "travelersÄintelligent, well-mannered, cultured"Ärather than tourists (as he proudly labels himself). The author then assists future tourists by naming his favorite markets, vineyards, bakeries, chambres d'h“tes, even places to go for the best olive oil or honey. A chapter called "A Beginner's Guide to Marseille" is equally informative and offers the little-known fact that "La Marseillaise" was actually composed in Strasbourg. Mayle enticingly recounts his peregrinations around the truffle markets and his searches for the perfect corkscrew or melon, but it's his ability to capture the subtle cultural peculiarities that distinguishes his writing. Upon first arriving in France from the U.S., Mayle observes, "I think it was the sight of a man power-washing his underpants [with a hose] that really brought home the difference, cultural and otherwise, between the old world and the new." Line drawings not seen by PW. 130,000 first printing; author tour. (June)

"[Peter Mayle] is something of a wonder. . .chronicling the scene around him in irresistible prose, the joys of a bountiful climate, brilliant sun, and a splendid cuisine." --"Time"
"Grab a Pastis and settle in for a scintillating rendezvous. Mayle's insights have never been more thoughtful." --"San Francisco Chronicle"
"Delightful, amusing, and appealing." --"The New York Times Book Review"
"Mayle's prose is, as ever, as pure and welcoming as a glass of the house wine at a Provencal cafe." --"The Philadelphia Inquirer"

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