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A Pig in Provence: Good Food and Simple Pleasures in the South of France Hardcover – Mar 15 2007


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 1 edition (March 15 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081185213X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811852135
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2 x 21.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,448,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Following the events of one year on the PGA tour, sportswriter Feinstein tells of the nerve-racking pressures and successess of professional golf.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peggy on July 9 2014
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic read Dec 7 2007
By R. Amaro - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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
Format: Hardcover
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
Beautiful culinary journey April 6 2007
By WireChairsMissing - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Not enough personal detail in this memoir. Sept. 6 2014
By Zuri - Published on Amazon.com
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If I hadn't been such a Francophile, and if I didn't adore Provence, I'd have given this book 2 stars. The positives are the wonderful food descriptions, the simple recipes she tags on to each chapter, and me, as armchair traveller, back in Provence again. So if you are not like me, this book is not for you.

The negatives are, unfortunately, many. First of all Georgeanne jumps around in time far too much. It gets confusing. I do think a memoir should be fairly chronological. Then there is little about the towns of Provence: I miss the colourful descriptions I came across in other, similar books. Georgeanne's style, unfortunately, is somewhat lacklustre. I missed the sparkle which should have been there.

Information and description of people are there, but too thin on the ground. She mentions Donald, her first husband, frequently, but she never gives him a word of dialogue or a mind of his own, so he stays a mere paper cutout and not a real person at all.

I badly missed the more intimate details of her own life, which really should be what a memoir is about. She mentions a second husband, Jim, but we never learn (can you believe) what happened to Donald. Did they divorce or did he die? She does not tell us how Jim came into her life. In the end we also do not know what happened to her children as adults. It's as if Georgeanne went out of her way to keep any personal information a secret -- what a pity. One can reveal one's real life without compromising too much privacy. So a more detailed telling of her own life story would have made this book much more interesting. And then there's a lack of humour, always so welcome in a memoir like this.

She mentions a cooking "school" which she seemed to set up later in life, but again -- no details! I for one would have loved to know why she left her teaching job, and how she came to decide on teaching cookery, and bringing students to Provence.

Maybe the jumping around in time was the most bothersome aspect. I read it to the end, Georgeanne, although your last endless description of village weddings became very tedious.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
truly enjoyable memoir Jan. 8 2008
By PAB - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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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