Spotted Dick, S'il Vous Plait: An English Restaurant in France
"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."
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."
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - librisissimo - LibraryThing
Substance: Not only a good look at the restaurant business in general, but a hilarious exposition on "foreign" foods. Style: Easy to read, humorous. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser 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