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From Here, You Can't See Paris: Seasons of a French Village and Its Restaurant

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Immerse yourself in the customs and culture of Les Arques, France, a hilltop village untouched by the modern era that struggles to remain vital. Part travelogue, part exploration of French cuisine, Michael Sanders's charming book reveals the traditions of this small community and introduces readers to its busy restaurant which has become the center of life in this sleepy little hamlet. Fans of Peter Mayle's writing will fall in love with France all over again.
Recommended by Michal D., Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

From Here, You Can't See Paris is a sweet, leisurely exploration of the life of Les Arques (population 159), a hilltop village in a remote corner of France, untouched by the modern era. It is a story of a dying village's struggle to survive, of a dead artist whose legacy began its rebirth, and of chef Jacques Ratier and his wife, Noëlle, whose bustling restaurant — the village's sole business — has helped ensure its future.

The author set out to explore the inner workings of a French restaurant kitchen but ended up stumbling onto a wider, much richer world. Whether uncovering the darker secrets of making foie gras, hearing a chef confess his doubts about the Michelin star system, or absorbing the lore of the land around a farmhouse kitchen table after a boar hunt, Michael Sanders learned that life in Les Arques was anything but sleepy. Through the eyes of the author and his family, the reader enters this world, discovers its still-vibrant traditions of food, cooking, and rural living, and comes to know the village's history, sharing along the way an American family's adventures as they find their way in a place that is sometimes lonely, often wondrous, and always fascinating.

Book News Annotation:

In this account of a restaurant in a small village in southwest France, Sanders, a fluent French speaker who lived in the town for a year with his family, relates the struggles, people, events, food, and history of the restaurant and the village it supports. There is an appendix with tips for staying in the area, but no index.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Michael S. Sanders, a former book editor and author of The Yard, lives in midcoast Maine with his wife and daughter.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060184728
Subtitle:
Seasons of a French Village and Its Restaurant
Author:
Sanders, Michael S.
Author:
Sanders, Michael S.
Publisher:
Harper
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
France
Subject:
Food habits
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
Regional & Ethnic - French
Subject:
Les Arques
Subject:
General Cooking
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
1083
Publication Date:
20021105
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.31x6.44x1.12 in. 1.50 lbs.

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Immerse yourself in the customs and culture of Les Arques, France, a hilltop village untouched by the modern era that struggles to remain vital. Part travelogue, part exploration of French cuisine, Michael Sanders's charming book reveals the traditions of this small community and introduces readers to its busy restaurant which has become the center of life in this sleepy little hamlet. Fans of Peter Mayle's writing will fall in love with France all over again.

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