From Here, You Can't See Paris: Seasons of a French Village and Its Restaurant

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Harper Collins, Sep 30, 2003 - Cooking - 352 pages
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From Here,You Can't See Paris is a sweet, leisurely exploration of the life of Les Arques (population 159), a hilltop village in a remote corner of France untouched by the modern era. It is a story of a dying village's struggle to survive, of a dead artist whose legacy began its rebirth, and of chef Jacques Ratier and his wife, Noëlle, whose bustling restaurant -- the village's sole business -- has helped ensure Les Arques's future.

Sanders set out to explore the inner workings of a French restaurant kitchen but ended up stumbling into a much richer world. Through the eyes of the Sanders family, one discovers the vibrant traditions of food, cooking, and rural living, and comes to know the village's history. Whether uncovering the darker secrets of making foie gras, hearing a chef confess his doubts about the Michelin star system, or absorbing the lore of the land around a farmhouse kitchen table after a boar hunt, life in Les Arques turns out to be anything but sleepy.

  

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Review: From Here, You Can't See Paris: Seasons of a French Village and Its Restaurant

User Review  - Sharon - Goodreads

Michael S. Sander's memoir of his year spent in a tiny French village was absolutely charming. Though Sanders started out to write about life in a French restaurant, the book is actually about the ... Read full review

Review: From Here, You Can't See Paris: Seasons of a French Village and Its Restaurant

User Review  - Joe - Goodreads

Although it was a pleasurable read, the last chapter "how to eat well" Sanders came off like a snob. I think it may have ruined my reading experience. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Summer in the Kitchen
34
Monsieur le Maire
57
A Dead Sculptor
84
FIVE
101
A Tale of Blood
121
December
154
Copyright

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About the author (2003)

Michael S. Sanders, a former book editor and author of The Yard, lives in midcoast Maine with his wife and daughter.

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