Provence A-Z: A Francophile's Essential Handbook

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 23, 2009 - Travel - 304 pages
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The ultimate “dictionary” for lovers of Provence: Peter Mayle's personal selection of the foods, customs and words he finds most fascinating, curious, delicious, or just plain fun.

Though organized from A to Z, this is hardly a conventional work of reference. In more than 170 entries, Peter Mayle—bestselling author of A Year in Provence—writes about subjects as wide-ranging as architecture and zingue-zingue-zoun (in the local patois, a word meant to describe the sound of a violin). And, of course, he writes about food and drink: vin rosé, truffles, olives, melons, bouillabaisse, the cheese that killed a Roman emperor, even a cure for indigestion.

Provence A-Z is a delight for Peter Mayle's ever-growing audience and the perfect complement to any guidebook on Provence, or, for that matter, France.


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This book is a companion volume to Mayle�s acclaimed accounts of living in Provence,A Year in Provence ,Toujours Provence , andEncore Provence, proving that he has still not exhausted his ... Read full review

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Its appeal was also its downfall: The little stories were often just a bit too little. I should have stuck with the abridgement. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
14
Section 2
16
Section 3
20
Section 4
46
Section 5
79
Section 6
103
Section 7
106
Section 8
116
Section 11
148
Section 12
167
Section 13
179
Section 14
189
Section 15
249
Section 16
272
Section 17
281
Section 18
282

Section 9
122
Section 10
142
Section 19
285
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About the author (2009)

Peter Mayle worked in advertising until he decided to live where he most longed to, Provence, and try his hand at writing. With the success of his first book describing his new life, A Year in Provence, his life took a notable turn for the better. This is his eleventh book including five novels. Recently, he received the Legion d'Honneur from the French government for his cultural contributions. He has been living in Provence with his wife, Jennie, for 18 years now. A Good Year, Ridley Scott's film starring Russell Crowe based on Peter's novel of the same name, was out in 2006.


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