La Belle Saison: Living Off the Land in Rural France

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Random House, Mar 2, 2006 - Travel - 320 pages
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How often have you eaten a mushroom that you picked yourself that morning? Or sat on a boat opening and eating oysters as you lift them from the sea? Or partaken of a seven course feast of game to celebrate the success of the chase?

When Patricia Atkinson - best selling author of The Ripening Sun - first moved to France, her intention was simply to establish a vineyard. Over the years, however, she found herself becoming integrated into a way of life that, had she stayed in England, she would hardly have believed existed. Grounded in the rhythms of the land and the seasons, daily life in Patricia’s south-western corner of France is dictated by a series of rituals and celebrations that we have long lost in our supermarket age.

La Belle Saison is Patricia’s eulogy to this way of life: a testament to the timelessness of the beautiful French countryside, the bounty of the land, and the generous-hearted French neighbors who showed Patricia that a simple life has many rewards. In France, every season is 'la belle saison’, offering up its gifts to those willing to appreciate and look after the land.

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User Review  - robeik - LibraryThing

The second book by Patricia Atkinson, and English settler in the south of France. This one focuses mostly on the culture and food - the hunting of boars, gathering of mushrooms, fishing, collecting ... Read full review

LA BELLE SAISON: Living Off the Land in Rural France

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A midlife memoir that doesn't measure up to other recent women-living-a-European-fantasy books, lacking both Frances Mayes's passion and Marlena de Blasi's love of language—not to mention a story ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Patricia Atkinson has lived in south-western France for 15 years, having left her city job to work in the vineyards. Her first book, The Ripening Sun, describes her transition from novice amateur to expert, award-winning winemaker.

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