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The author of "French Toast" tells the rocky, and very funny, tale of how she, an American raised on milk and beef, learned to appreciate food l francaise. Rochefort takes readers into French "hypermarkets", invites all to join her for a typical Sunday lunch in the country (seven course), and reveals a few of her family's cherished recipes.

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French Fried: The Culinary Capers of an American in Paris by Harriet Welty Rochefort

"When I think of the French paradox, I remember a lunch with an eighty-five-year-old French woman who was trim and slim and as agile as a twenty-year-old. Her secret? 'My doctor told me to drink a glass of red wine-- Bordeaux-- at lunch and at dinner.' She does, and is going strong!"-- from "French Fried" "French Toast "author Harriet Welty Rochefort continues her attempts to demystify the French with "French Fried," the saucy-- sometimes spicy-- and often hilarious tale of one American woman's thirty-year foray into the byzantine world of French cuisine. And when it comes to food, Rochefort's experiences are anything but dull or traditional. When she first arrives in France, she dines on onion soup with her concierge. When she finally gets a decent apartment with a kitchen (in which she doesn't cook), it turns out that there's both a shower-- and a cop-- in it. But after marrying a Frenchman, Philippe, the jig is up. Cooking, she realizes, will now be part of her life whether she likes it or not. Digging her heels, she graduates from opening cans of peas to casually knocking out two major three-course meals a day in no time at all. Rochefort shares these and other intimate details of her culinary progression, including her most impressive disasters (the plastic sandwich fiasco), as well as her successes. She takes us into French "hypermarkets," invites us to join her family for a typical six-course Sunday lunch in the country, includes us in a pastry class at Lenotre, and introduces us to some nice and some not-so-nice Parisian waiters. In a style that's a cross between Erma Bombeck and M.F.K. Fisher, Rochefort tells the entertaining story of how she, an American raised on meat and potatoes, learned to appreciate food a la francaise. Globalization and standardization may menace Gallic cuisine-- but not for long, if Rochefort is there to defend it.

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"Wise and devastatingly funny...When someone calls you cher ami, does it literally mean 'dear friend, ' or, as is often the case, 'drop dead'?...Do you eat a round of Camembert cheese the same way as a rectangular slab of Gruyere?...Should you shower before making love?...Rochefort offers answers by the score. Even longtime foreign residents of France have become grateful readers."--"Los Angeles Times""[Rochefort] has been able to zero in on the joys, annoyances, frustrations, and the wonderful things about loving in France and the French mentality that I've never been able to verbalize or put into perspective."--Marilyn August, Associated Press correspondent, Paris bureau"Fortunately, for those unacquainted with the finer points of French etiquette, Rochefort's book bridges the culture gap admirably...This chatty, informative book is great fun to read and over too soon."--"Library Journal"

About Harriet Welty Rochefort

Harriet Welty Rochefort is a freelance journalist and author of" French Toast." Born in Shenandoah, Iowa, she lives in Paris with her husband and their sons. Her Web site is

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French Fried: The Culinary Capers of an American in Paris by Harriet Welty Rochefort
Harriet Welty Rochefort
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St Martin's Press
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