Provence A-Z

Provence A-Z : A Francophile's Essential Handbook

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 286 pages
  • 130 x 201 x 18mm | 272g
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1400095697
  • 9781400095698
  • 176,776

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"Mayle's affection for lavender fields and languid lunched continues unabated-and so does his influence."
-USA Today

"Mayle's magpie dictionary yields amusing facts . . . and useful information. . . . You'll soon succumb to his road-tested charm."
-The New York Times Book Review

"Whether he's smacking his lips in gustatory contentment or mock exasperation, Mayle's affection runneth over. . . . If there is anything charmless or depressing in all of Provence, its secret is safe with him."
-The Boston Globe

"After nearly two decades of writing about the character and the characters of Provence, Mayle's love for this rich and colorful region is undiminished."
-The Christian Science Monitor
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"Mayle's affection for lavender fields and languid lunched continues unabated-and so does his influence." --USA Today"Mayle's magpie dictionary yields amusing facts . . . and useful information. . . . You'll soon succumb to his road-tested charm." --The New York Times Book Review"Whether he's smacking his lips in gustatory contentment or mock exasperation, Mayle's affection runneth over. . . . If there is anything charmless or depressing in all of Provence, its secret is safe with him." --The Boston Globe"After nearly two decades of writing about the character and the characters of Provence, Mayle's love for this rich and colorful region is undiminished." --The Christian Science Monitor
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About Peter Mayle

Peter Mayle is the author of fifteen books, nine of them novels, including the beloved bestseller A Year in Provence. A recipient of the Légion d'Honneur from the French government for his cultural contributions, he lived in Provence with his wife, Jennie, for more than twenty-five years. Mayle died in 2018.
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