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French Toast: An American in Paris Celebrates the Maddening Mysteries of the French


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ISBN13: 9780312642785
ISBN10: 0312642784
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Peter Mayle may have spent a year in Provence, but Harriet Welty Rochefort writes from the wise perspective of one who has spent more than twenty years living among the French. From a small town in Iowa to the City of Light, Harriet has done what so many dream of one day doing-she picked up and moved to France. But it has not been twenty years of fun and games; Harriet has endured her share of cultural bumps, bruises, and psychic adjustments along the way.

In French Toast, she shares her hard-earned wisdom and does as much as one woman can to demystify the French. She makes sense of their ever-so-French thoughts on food, money, sex, love, marriage, manners, schools, style, and much more. She investigates such delicate matters as how to eat asparagus, how to approach Parisian women, how to speak to merchants, how to drive, and, most important, how to make a seven-course meal in a silk blouse without an apron! Harriet's first-person account offers both a helpful reality check and a lot of very funny moments.

About the Author

Harriet Welty Rochefort was born in Shenandoah, Iowa. She moved permanently to France in 1971. She is a freelance journalist who has contributed articles to major newspapers and magazine, including Time and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Her column, "A Letter from Paris," can be found on-line in the Paris Pages. She has also taught journalism in the English Department of the prestigious Institut d'Etudes Politiques. She, her husband, Phillipe, and their sons live in Paris.

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lucky traveler, September 3, 2011 (view all comments by lucky traveler)
This book is easily read but informative and gets better as the author delves into subjects like French attitudes toward money and strangers. Her interviews with her French husband at the end of each chapter are hilarious. I wish I had completed this book prior to spending 2 months in Paris for a better understanding of why the French behave the way they do.
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Rochefort, Harriet
Thomas Dunne Books
Rochefort, Harriet Welty
Essays & Travelogues
Europe - France
Europe - Western
Travel - France
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8.29 x 5.5 x 0.585 in

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