Immoveable Feast

Immoveable Feast : A Paris Christmas

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A witty cultural and culinary education, Immoveable Feast is the charming, funny, and improbable tale of how a man who was raised on white bread--and didn't speak a word of French--unexpectedly ended up with the sacred duty of preparing the annual Christmas dinner for a venerable Parisian family.

Ernest Hemingway called Paris "a moveable feast"--a city ready to embrace you at any time in life. For Los Angeles-based film critic John Baxter, that moment came when he fell in love with a French woman and impulsively moved to Paris to marry her. As a test of his love, his skeptical in-laws charged him with cooking the next Christmas banquet--for eighteen people in their ancestral country home. Baxter's memoir of his yearlong quest takes readers along his misadventures and delicious triumphs as he visits the farthest corners of France in search of the country's best recipes and ingredients. Irresistible and fascinating, Immoveable Feast is a warmhearted tale of good food, romance, family, and the Christmas spirit, Parisian style.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 270 pages
  • 127 x 177.8 x 20.32mm | 272.15g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061562335
  • 9780061562334
  • 172,188

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A genial culinary memoir . . . "Immoveable Feast" is entertaining, often very funny, and surprisingly full of information. --New York Times Book Review"
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724 ratings
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Loved it, actually. A very quick read concerning the (Australian) author's preparations of the Christmas feast for his (French) in-law's family. The author's got a huge ego--he name drops all the time, presumes all readers have a mental map of Paris, mentions cooking preparations as if everyone's a chef, and comments on how certain he is that the food will be perfectly cooked based on one glance or prod or touch. In some places, he disappoints by not letting the reader know how things actually turned out. Or perhaps what really happened doesn't matter: it's either the anticipation or the memory of the anticipation that matters to him. And I wasn't too keen on all the mentionings of casual sex and recreational drug use (as if such would apply to all the readers, you know, wink, wink). But it was still a fun more
by Steve Gump
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