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Immoveable Feast: A Paris Christmas (P.S.)

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Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"In this witty essay collection, Baxter (We'll Always Have Paris) chronicles his years of learning to prepare elaborate Christmas dinners for his French in-laws. After leaving his Los Angeles home to follow a woman (who would later become his wife) to Paris, Baxter was charged with the serious task of cooking the holiday meal for his relatives. Calling to mind other expatriate writers such as Diane Johnson and David Sedaris, Baxter gives readers insights into both French culture and his own expanding culinary range. In 'Ninety Degrees of Christmas,' he muses on Christmases in his native Australia versus France, and details his mother's preparation of her holiday pudding. Never condescending or obsequious toward his adopted home, Baxter shares insights with the wry perspective of an outsider permitted into a secret world and eager to share the rules with other visitors. Achieving a particularly sensitive balance of allowing readers glimpses into the intimacies of family life while retaining a degree of journalistic distance, Baxter is autobiographical but never intrusive." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

In this irresistible Christmas tale with a Parisian twist, the author of "We'll Always Have Paris" learns how Christmas is celebrated in his adopted city.

About the Author

John Baxter's books include biographies of Federico Fellini, Luis Buñuel, Woody Allen, Stanley Kubrick, and Robert De Niro, and the memoir We'll Always Have Paris: Sex and Love in the City of Light. Born in Australia, he now lives in Paris.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061562334
Author:
Baxter, John
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
by John Baxter
Subject:
General
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
Holiday - General
Subject:
Holiday - Christmas/Hanukkah
Subject:
Cookery
Subject:
Christmas
Subject:
Cookery -- France -- Paris.
Subject:
Christmas -- France -- Paris.
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
P.S.
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.73 in 35.20 oz

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Product details 288 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780061562334 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this witty essay collection, Baxter (We'll Always Have Paris) chronicles his years of learning to prepare elaborate Christmas dinners for his French in-laws. After leaving his Los Angeles home to follow a woman (who would later become his wife) to Paris, Baxter was charged with the serious task of cooking the holiday meal for his relatives. Calling to mind other expatriate writers such as Diane Johnson and David Sedaris, Baxter gives readers insights into both French culture and his own expanding culinary range. In 'Ninety Degrees of Christmas,' he muses on Christmases in his native Australia versus France, and details his mother's preparation of her holiday pudding. Never condescending or obsequious toward his adopted home, Baxter shares insights with the wry perspective of an outsider permitted into a secret world and eager to share the rules with other visitors. Achieving a particularly sensitive balance of allowing readers glimpses into the intimacies of family life while retaining a degree of journalistic distance, Baxter is autobiographical but never intrusive." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , In this irresistible Christmas tale with a Parisian twist, the author of "We'll Always Have Paris" learns how Christmas is celebrated in his adopted city.
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