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Encore Provence: New Adventures in the South of France (Provence #3)

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In his most delightful foray into the wonders of Provençal life, Peter Mayle returns to France and puts behind him cholesterol worries, shopping by phone, California wines, and other concerns that plagued him after too much time away.

In Encore Provence, Mayle gives us a glimpse into the secrets of the truffle trade, a parfumerie lesson on the delicacies of scent, an explor
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 25th 2000 by Vintage (first published October 1st 1992)
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Kaitlyn Barrett
This reads more like a Provence guidebook and less like a memoir. It has nice weight and heft after the insubstantial stories in Toujours Provence and has the same charming competent humorous writing style as A Year in Provence.

I liked this book because I can see his journalistic tendencies more clearly. I enjoy the way he chases down a story and the lengths to which he’ll go to follow up on interesting possibilities like the perfumery school for blind children, the processing of olive oil and
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Peter Mason
Enjoyable, Mayle in good form. Having read his previous books some years ago it's nice to revisit the dusty roads of Provence and rekindle dormant daydreams.
Helynne
After I read and thoroughly enjoyed Peter Mayle’s Provence (1991) and Toujours Provence (1992), I turned my attention to other readings, not knowing that a few years later (1999) , Mayle had completed a trilogy with Encore Provence, written after he and his wife had left their home in the south of France, and moved to southern California for few years. This delightful account of how they readjusted from California back to Provençal life lives up to the spirit and cultural observations of the fi ...more
Kristen
Apr 14, 2009 Kristen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: gourmets and Tuscan Sun fans
Shelves: non-fiction
For it's genre, this is a great book. I'm a big fan of books where not much has to happen. I read the first of this series, "A Year in Provence," at least five years ago and really enjoyed it. It's the French equivalent of "Under the Tuscan Sun." Stumbled across two of his follow-ups at a rummage sale at preschool and snapped them up. This book was interesting, informative, witty and even laugh-out-loud funny at times. Peter Mayle thinks a great deal about food - where it comes from, how to get ...more
Chantal
I was lucky enough to read the third installment of Peter Mayle's Provence trilogy in Provence itself recently. Not exactly in The Luberon though, we were staying in the slighty busier, more touristy part of Frejus but I'm not complaining, it's a beautiful place.

As with the first two books it's like curling up with an old friend, an old witty francophile friend that causes you to laugh out loud (very possibly startling nearby sun-worshippers)and teaches you something new each time you engage wit
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Erika Jones
Where A Year in Provence by Peter Maylefelt like a Dear Diary and I loved it, Encore Provence feels more like a How To and I only liked it. Encore Provence really gets more specific, and detailed, and Provence loses a lot of its magic fairyland feel, becoming more of a Real Place. A Real Place I want to visit, no doubt, but not asap. I almost wonder if Mayle did this deliberately, to discourage people like me from visiting, and messing up his magic fairyland! If so, touche.
bookyeti
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Peter Mayle’s “Encore Provence” …the third novel in his Provence series. His books are always great fun; reading them is like going on vacation. In this installment of the series, Mayle (an Englishman by birth) writes about returning to Provence after a four year absence, when he and wife moved back to England. The novel - so vivid and rich in its explanation of the smallest detail of life in Provence - makes one yearn to be transplanted to that picturesque landscape.

The charac
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John Nebauer
Because living in the south of France, or Normandy, or Italy, sounds so wonderfully exotic and impossible, reading about those who have chosen to do is both wonderful and a cause for jealousy. I read A Year in Provence and Toujours Provence many years ago, and happily both continue to reside on my shelves. I borrowed Encore Provence from my workplace for some Christmas/New Year relaxation.

Written a decade after the first two volumes, the elapsed time included relocation to California. This volu
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Becky Rippel
Apr 14, 2014 Becky Rippel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Francophiles
Shelves: read-again
In Encore Provence, Peter Mayle presents his most appealing tribute to the joys of Gallic life. After an absence he falls in love with the area again. Here he tells the secrets of the truffle trade, a parfumerie lesson the the delicacies of scent, an exploration of the genetic effects of 2,000 years of foie gras, and a small-town murder mystery!! This is armchair traveling at its best!
Kathy
A nice visit back to what we read in A Year in Province. Mayle still has a keen eye and sense of kind humor to the residents of Province and I find his writing interesting and honest. There will be some call backs to the first book in this series, but it reads much better than the second book, Toujours Provence. If you enjoyed A Year in Province, I would recommend skipping Toujours and going straight to this one.
David
This isn't what I feel is Mayle's best in his examinations on Provence, but it's still one of the better ones. Much of what he talks about here is stuff he's covered before, though from a period of absence. Still, like in the others I like best, he follows where the whims take him as opposed to trying to make things fit too much of a structure. It works better for me and I think it suits the material more. I certainly enjoyed reading.
Gillian Mcintosh
Imagine... A stay in a beautiful house in the grounds of a chateau in Provence... Every home comfort provided... My choice of reading matter from my friend's bookshelves was this. I would get up, sniff the perfumed air through the French windows in our room, and wander to make off for my first cuppa.

I found this book explained many things and gave pointers to what activities to do. - Why couldn't I get a writing pad without it being graph paper? Food. The amazing experience of the markets parti
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Emma
If you have NOT read Peter Mayle you must. Start with A Year in Provence. His fiction is also fun, I especially enjoyed Chasing Cezanne. My dad sent me this one and I don't think I had read it before... in any event it was highly enjoyable and makes you want to 1) move to Provence or barring that 2) eat long lunch with wine.

Eve (Bee) Beltane
An enjoyable read and romp through the back country of colourful Provence. From crusty characters and crusty bread to the history of the olive tree. Peter Mayle whets my appetite and satifies every time.
David
Like Toujours Provence, the chapters of this book are connected by the setting of Provence and by a few recurring characters, but are otherwise independent. This is perfect for a book to be read in bites, like a little slice of reading dessert. Begin with the man power-washing his underwear, then read a few days later about the corkscrew museum; the next day, about Mayle's theories on the life-extending benefits of duck fat and foies gras; the next day, about the many varieties of olive oil; and ...more
Joan Karter
Peter Mayle shares plenty of his observations about life in general along with interesting stories about Provence. That's what made the book so enjoyable for me. I wanted to learn more about southern France. Merci, Monsieur Mayle!
Georgette
Love feeding my dream of seeing living and breathing France!!!!! I love Mr. Mayle's writing style. I laugh out loud! Entertaining and educating! A great read.
Patti
Yet another delightful book about Provence life. Peter Mayle's amusing style is respectful but captures well the French way.
Peggy
This is the third book by Peter Mayle about the years he spent living in the south of France. This book was written 10 years after his first one, which I read and reviewed. In the intervening years, Mayle only improved his writing in my opinion. His first book was enjoyable enough but this one is a delight.
He broadens the subject from just his personal experiences and adds more adventures and topics about French countryside life in general. I am definitely smitten with these "travel" books. But
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Kim Tong Lim
Re-reading it a second time. Delightful and Peter Mayle brought out the fun parts of his second visit to Provence.
Pat
Aug 05, 2014 Pat rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: travel
Very enjoyable.
I read most of it after the trip to Provence.
He really captures the people/place of the area.
Laura
Needed a little something after being so disappointed by Ruth Reichl's novel, Delicious. This was just the ticket.
Francine
Better than Toujours Provence, but not fabulous like the first one - A Year in Provence. It reads like a travel guide.
Tracy
Mayle's third Provence book has a very different tone than the first two. He seems to have abandoned a narrative format for a reporting style, and all of the chapters in this book feel like journalistic essays on various Provencal subjects. I guess this is necessary after a while--how long can you tell the same story?--but I felt that something was lost. The characters in this book are not as round, described with less affection. Still, for somebody that is interested in the region, these essays ...more
Cristina Varga
An astounishing book that arouses one's interest in Provence area!
Reagan Ramsey
not my favorite Peter Mayle, though still a decent read for a francophile. most of his books are anecdotal and humorous; this one seemed...well, defensive. for instance, he spends pages talking about a certain NYC journalist who bad-mouthed Provence. so what? pretty much everyone else thinks it's charming and lovely. you can't win 'em all. and furthermore, how UN-French to be offended (or moved at all) by an American's opinion. :)

i do love the suggestions of markets and restaurants and wines. b
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Pamela Joyce
light. delightful.makes me long to return to France.
bookczuk
A lovely trip to Provence. There are parts of Peter Mayle's stuff I really like, but after a while, it begins to run together. His first book was so great and I absolutely adored it. The others have had moments of sparkle, but on the whole, not matched up to the original. In this one, I liked his riff on the US while he was living here, and I got a kick out of his lashing back at Ruth Reichl, who is also an author I like alot, but don't always agree with. (Tender at the Bone, ... I have her new ...more
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So many witty insights on how the good old provencal French (note: as the book will remind you over and over, they are different from the so called snotty Parisians ) love life and love their land, olives and all sorts of good drinks and food. No wonder one of their residents claimed the longest living human in the world. It's that alluring pastoral life, yet filled with the natural rhythm of seasons and grittiness of rusticism that builds up that resilience and joie de vivre in man. I will atte ...more
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When I found A YEAR IN PROVENCE in the bookshelves next to it was ENCORE PROVENCE. ENCORE is about the Mayles return to Provence and more adventures. With chapter headings like "In Search of the Perfect Corkscrew", "The Genetic Effects of Two Thousand Years of Foi Gras", "Discovering Oil" (olive oil), Mayles adventures continue with great meals and more than one entertaining Gallic character. Want to know about the perfect Bouillabaisse? This book is for you! How about a tour of Marseille? Anoth ...more
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Peter Mayle (born June 14, 1939 in Brighton) is a British author famous for his series of books detailing life in Provence, France. He spent fifteen years in advertising before leaving the business in 1975 to write educational books, including a series on sex education for children and young people. In 1989, A Year in Provence was published and became an international bestseller. His books have be ...more
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