A selection of aspects of Provence. This work covers subjects as diverse as architecture, expatriates, lavender, linguistic oddities, the museum of the corkscrew and a bawdy folklore character named Fanny. It also features artwork such as drawings, advertisements, photos and pieces from tourist brochures.
An indispensable, hugely informative and consistently entertaining guide to Provence by the best-selling writer who has made the region his own. Organised from A-Z but far from a conventional work of reference, this is a selection of those aspects of Provence that Peter Mayle has found in his twenty years there to be the most interesting, delicious or downright fun. In more than 200 entries - from ail to Francois Zola - he writes about subjects as diverse as architecture, expatriates, lavender, linguistic oddities, the museum of the corkscrew and a bawdy folklore character named Fanny. And, of course, he writes about food and drink: truffles, olives, bouillabaisse, and the cheese that killed a Roman Emperor. He also features artwork that he has gathered over the years - drawings, advertisements, photos and pieces from tourist brochures. Anything qualifies, as long as it has piqued Mayle's curiosity - hence the inclusion of a recipe for tapenade and a morning spent with a public executioner.
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Peter Mayle is the author of 11 books on Provence, including the best-selling non-fiction works A Year In Provence and Toujours Provence. His novels include A Good Year, which will be released as a film in October 2006. He has contributed to a wide range of publications in England, France and America, and his work has been translated into 22 languages. He lives in Provence with his wife.
Provence A-Z by Peter Mayle
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