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From Here, You Can't See Paris: Seasons of a French Village and Its Restaurantby Michael S Sanders
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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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.
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