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A Pig in Provence: Good Food and Simple Pleasures in the South of France [Hardcover]

Georgeanne Brennan
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March 15 2007
A Pig in Provence is Under the Tuscan Sun meets Anna K. Fisher: an evocative, personal culinary history from the James Beard Award-winning author of numerous books on cooking and gardening. In the late 1970s culinary expert Georgeanne Brennan, her husband and their baby daughter set out to realize a dream of a peaceful, rural life in the South of France, cooking and eating in the Provencal tradition. Each chapter in her appealing memoir is centred around a traditional Provencal food or meal. The narrative is sprinkled with local colour, informal recipes and historical and cultural perspectives on a region that has captivated travellers and gourmands for centuries.

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On those magnificent days on which your drives split the fairway down the middle and your wedge shots leave you putting for birdie, you think: "I wonder if I could do this for a living." After all, guys in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s, guys no one heard of until recently, are making planeloads of money on the various golf tours (and buying private planes to take them from one big-money tournament to the next). A Good Walk Spoiled is a bit of a reality check. John Feinstein chronicles the struggles of the top golfers in the game, as well as those trying to get onto the PGA Tour. These are gifted players who've devoted their lives to the game, and on any given day they could just flat out stink. A Good Walk Spoiled is a completely engaging book from first page to last, a wonderfully observed and masterfully told story of pain and profit in the world's most frustrating sport. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars July 9 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read Dec 7 2007
By R. Amaro - Published on Amazon.com
This is a fantastic story about one woman's introduction to and exploration of life in Provence. The book takes you on a culinary journey through the region, with beautiful introductions to specialties of the area. Each chapter features a different major Provence food: truffles, goat cheese, garlic, etc and ends with a recipe that has been featured in the narrative. For those who want understand the relationship between the land, the food, and the people of Provence, this book is highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Any fan of Provence or French culinary traditions will find this gentle story revealing and appealing Oct. 19 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
A PIG IN PROVENCE: GOOD FOOD AND SIMPLE PLEASURES IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE tells of a habitual France vacationer who decides to buy a small farmhouse deep in the backcountry. Thirty years later she tells the story of her life in Provence: a story that revolves around seasonal change, culinary specialties, and fun stories of the foodways and culture of the region. Any fan of Provence or French culinary traditions will find this gentle story revealing and appealing, and libraries catering to Francophiles will also find it a popular lend.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch
31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful culinary journey April 6 2007
By WireChairsMissing - Published on Amazon.com
What an interesting, informative, and lovely culinary memoir! Georgeanne Brennan was a true trailblazer by going off to Provence with her family in the early 70's, at the height of the Vietnam War. This wasn't mere escapism--it was an attempt to get back to the land and learn what culinary traditions are all about (since most of those traditions in the U.S. were getting lost in the post-WWII industrialization of food production). Reading about the seasonal celebrations and ceremonies that are embedded in Provencal history is truly fascinating through the eyes of an American. Add to that a classic recipe at the end of each chapter that pertains to what you've just read preceeding it, and you have the perfect summer travel lit read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars truly enjoyable memoir Jan. 8 2008
By PAB - Published on Amazon.com
This is not only an immensely enjoyable memoir of provencal living which is so easy to read, it has a useful overview of subjects such as mushroom collecting with practical receipes at the end of each chapter. I have ALOT of books about americans living in France and this is one of my favorites to date.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Erratic timelines Dec 19 2012
By Thomas Rennie - Published on Amazon.com
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Found the timeline jumping around disconcerting. two husbands/ different locations/ differnt years out of sequence. Reasonable coverage of Provence, the locals and cuisine but nowhere near the standards of Mayle's books on that area.
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