Spotted Dick, s'il vous plaît: an English restaurant in France

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Ballantine Books, Jul 23, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 248 pages
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"I never would have believed that anything could make me want to go eat English food in Lyon, but Higgins's delightful book has done so." --Mimi Sheraton When Tom Higgins, a translator, and his wife, Sue, a physician, decided to set up an English restaurant in Lyon, France (the country's capital of fine dining), they had no idea what they were getting into. In this delightful memoir of their first eight years in business, Higgins recounts all--from the amused disbelief of their neighbors who regard English food as a joke, to the frustrating impenetrability of the French licensing bureaucracy, from the positive delight in choosing wines and creating menus, to, ultimately, the extraordinary feeling of running a good restaurant that pleases the most fussy diners in the world. Included in this charming tale are twelve typically English recipes that anyone can make! "After Peter Mayle comes Tom Higgins in Lyon. . . . Delightful reading." --BBC Good Food "Tom Higgins provides a wonderful insight into the French people and their way of life. . . . He is a natural raconteur." --En Route

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User Review  - Oreillynsf - LibraryThing

Ok, read that subtitle again. Now try and resist wanting to read this. I love the very idea of Brits trying to compete with French cafes, bistros, and restaurants. co au vin? Pun-lees! There's ... Read full review

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User Review  - Patricia - Goodreads

This book deals with two relatively common fantasies: working in France and owing a restaurant. Higgins, a Lyonnais restauranteur, spares none of the gritty details, including the fantastically high payroll burden in France (50 per cent!), and he throws in a dozen recipes at the end. Ah, Lyon! Read full review


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