By Peter Mayle
In his most pleasurable foray into the wonders of Provençal lifestyles, Peter Mayle returns to France and places at the back of him ldl cholesterol concerns, procuring via cell, California wines, and different issues that plagued him after an excessive amount of time away.
In Encore Provence, Mayle supplies us a glimpse into the secrets and techniques of the truffle alternate, a parfumerie lesson at the cuisine of smell, an exploration of the genetic results of 2,000 years of foie gras, and a small-town homicide secret that reads just like the top fiction. the following, too, are Mayle's most modern pointers on the place to discover the easiest honey, cheese, or chambre d'hìte the sector has to supply. Lyric, insightful, glowing with element, Encore Provence brings us a land the place the odor of thyme within the fields or the dignity of a leisurely lunch is not any under inspiring.
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