We've Always Had Paris...and Provence: A Scrapbook of Our Life in France

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages

Patricia Wells, long recognized as the leading American authority on French food, and her husband, Walter, live the life in France that many of us have often fantasized about. After more than a quarter century, they are as close to being accepted as "French" as any non-natives can be. In this delightful memoir they share in two voices their experiences—the good, the bad, and the funny—offering a charming and evocative account of their beloved home and some of the wonderful people they have met along the way. Full of the flavor and color of the couple's adopted country, this tandem memoir reflects on the life that France has made possible for them and explores how living abroad has shaped their relationship.

Written in lyrical, sensuous prose and filled with anecdotes, insights, and endearing snapshots of Walter and Patricia over the years, We've Always Had Paris . . . and Provence beautifully conveys the nuances of the French and their culture as only a practiced observer can. Literally a moveable feast to be savored and shared, including more than thirty recipes that will delight readers and cooks alike, the couple's valentine to France and to each other is delicious in every way.

 

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Two of our most famous Francophile expatriats muse of the good life they've created for themselves both in Paris and Provence. Patricia's narrative was much stronger than Walter's, but like any good ... Read full review

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Contents

Polenta with Chunky Fresh
10
PART I
13
Learning More Than French
23
Our Lemon Chicken with Roasted Onions
30
Seeing Things
35
Johanness Picnic Couscous Salad
48
Reality Strikes
49
Judys North Carolina Pork Barbecue
54
Mr Patricia Wells
147
Fettuccine with Vodka and Lemon
155
Weighty Matters
157
Fish Cheeks with Polenta and Parmesan Crust
165
PART III
167
A Farmhouse in Provence
169
Rolandos Eggplant
179
Making a House a Home
181

MakingYourself Up
57
Celery Tarragon Spinach and Chicken Salad
64
Put Yourself onVacation
65
Red Sea Squid Pasta
73
LaVie en Rose
77
Frédy Girardets Fresh Foie Gras in Vinaigrette
83
PART II
85
Dried Cranberry and Apricot Bread
93
Dangerous DeLiaisons
95
A Small Inn Near Avignon
101
Peach Wine
107
Nouvelle Cuisine Critique Nouvelle
109
Michel Guérards Salade Gourmande
119
You Paid to Learn to Drive Like That?
121
Almond Macaroon and Fresh Berry Cake
127
Two for the Road
129
The LExpressYears
135
La Cagouilles Salmon Tartare
145
ChantierDuc
191
Colettes Vinaigrette
200
Grow Garden Grow
201
Just Tomatoes
210
All AboutYves
215
Scrambled Eggs with Truffles
223
Vineyard Tales
225
PART IV
235
Right Bank Left Bank
237
Fame but Not Fortune
251
Clients Fidèles
261
Life Lessons from Julia and Joël
269
Another Kind of Interlude
283
Mrs Walter Wells
290
Its Not About the Marathon
295
You and MeBabe
307
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About the author (2009)

Patricia Wells is a journalist, author, and teacher who runs the popular cooking school At Home with Patricia Wells in Paris and Provence. She has won four James Beard Awards and the French government has honored her as a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, recognizing her contribution to French culture. A former New York Times reporter, she is the only foreigner and the only woman to serve as restaurant critic for a major French publication, L'Express. She served as the global restaurant critic for the International Herald Tribune for more than twenty-five years. She lives in Paris and Provence with her husband, Walter Wells.

Patricia Wells and Walter Wells have lived in Paris for nearly thirty years. Patricia runs a popular cooking school in Paris and Provence, and is the author of ten previous books. From 1980 to 2007 she was restaurant critic for the International Herald Tribune. Walter retired as executive editor of the International Herald Tribune in 2005, having previously worked as editor and managing editor since 1980. He is one of the few non-French citizens to be awarded the French Legion of Honor.

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