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Френски уроци

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Неизчерпаемият запас от гастрономични чудеса на Франция вдъхновява един англичанин да предприеме пътешествие на вкуса, въоръжен с нож, вилица, тирбушон и много хумор. Малки провинциални ресторанти и прочути заведения със звезди от "Мишлен", селски пазари и годишни фестивали, литургия в чест на трюфела, маратон през легендарните лозя на Бордо, панаир на прочутите пилета от ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published 2009 by Бакхус (first published 2001)
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Jessica
May 29, 2007 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food, non-fiction
If the goal of this book is to make the reader want to go on a food tour of France, then it 100% succeeded as far as I am concerned. The food descriptions in "French Lessons" were mouthwatering. I never wanted to eat frog legs until I read Mayle's descriptions of their buttery garlicy goodness.
Zelda
Jul 15, 2011 Zelda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Updated: Peter Mayle is a very accomplished writer. I think he could make the nutrition facts of shredded wheat cereal sound impossibly droll. However, the real magic here is the narrator, Simon Jones. The whole family loved this (okay, not the three-year old) and we cannot wait to go to Provence. But we'll have to because there are no plans in place. Just some dreams and this audiobook which you will not be sorry you listened to.



Just started listening to this whilst (he's British, okay? It's in
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Stephen
May 04, 2016 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peter Mayle is to be envied. Some people's work involves overseeing hundreds of people and managing the affairs of a business that skirts bankruptcy every other day. Some put their life in peril, fighting fires or confronting criminals. Some are pushed to their physical limits putting in long hours on the factory floor. Mayle, on the other hand, must roam France and subject himself to its extraordinary culinary pleasures, then regale readers with stories of this most dreadful task. Mayle is an a ...more
Ryan Price
Aug 26, 2010 Ryan Price rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, nonfiction
I won this book as a white-paper-wrapped door prize at a going-away party for my friend Katharine Miller and her boyfriend Kris. I also now own dozens of vinyl records that belonged to Kris, which I purchased from him in the move.

From the frog's legs festival to the French Riviera, Englishman Peter Mayle delighted and educated me every step of the way. If part of being French means understanding French food, I felt decidedly more French after reading this book. I'm also glad Peter pointed out hi
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Elza
Aug 12, 2015 Elza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lasot šo grāmatu, nodrošinieties ar kādu franču vīnu, vienā brīdī tas būs jāvelk ārā no ledusskapja, jo būs neizturami tas, cik kārdinoši viss ir aprakstīts šajā grāmatā! :) Lieliska grāmata!
Hristina Lozanska
Винаги съм гледала на храната като на емоция, преживяване, чувство.
Не мога да разбера хората, които се хранят, просто, за да заситят стомасите си. За мен храненето е риуал, в който всяко нещо има значение: приготвянето, поднасянето, компанията...

За това, когато открих книгата "Френски уроци" на Питър Мейл, почувствах, че съм намерила съмишленици... В лицето на цялото френско общество.

Тази малка, но много забавна книжка е като пътепис на автора, из необятните дерби на френската кулинария, обича
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Elaine
Oct 25, 2015 Elaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love reading Peter Mayle. His humorous enactments of his culinary experiences around France were so much fun to read. I have been reading his books since the early 90's and loving them all. Once we searched out the village in the Luberon where he set his "A Year in Provence," and the locals told us he was long gone, and they wished they could also be rid of the tourists like us who came to seek the sights about which he wrote.
This one is no disappointment, and it is easy to see that he l
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Robert Vlach
Máte-li slabost pro vše francouzské a knihy Petera Maylea (Rok v Provenci, Dobrý ročník), sežeňte si jeho Francouzské hodokvasy aneb dobrodružství s nožem, vidličkou a vývrtkou (v mém originále French Lessons, 2002). Při psaní toho hodně projel, ale také vypil a snědl. Každá kapitola pojednává o jiné francouzské specialitě: vino, sýry, drůbež, šneci, žáby, lanýži atd. Na každou z nich však nahlíží netradiční optikou nějaké místní události — festivalu, slavnosti či jiné tradice. Nechybí ani líčen ...more
Eustacia Tan
Mar 25, 2014 Eustacia Tan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never thought that French cuisine and Singaporean cuisine could have anything in common, but now that I've read this book I think I found one point: both cultures will eat anything. Frogs? Check (frog porridge is really good); snails? sorta-Check (we eat sea-snails, those do count right?). We even have fish head curry. Peter Mayle should totally come to Singapore and do a food tour.

French Lessons isn't about learning French (although considering how entertainingly Peter Mayle writes, he could
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Wendy
If Paris is your favorite vacation spot you'll love this book, which comes complete with addresses for the various activities (viewing of dead chickens, eating frog's legs, snails and dress up marathon etc.). I loved reading it even though I did not expect to love it- that's why it's important to let other people select your books occasionally!!
Jenn
Jun 17, 2014 Jenn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My family and I listened to the audiobook of this on a roadtrip over to Nova Scotia when I was maybe 11 years old. And 11 years later, I still remember it. It was such a bonding experience, and we all still make references to certain favourite "scenes", even now. I still tell all my friends about it, and I definitely want to read it/re-listen to it. I think it's one of those books that stick with you your whole life.

I'm probably biased because of my initial experience, but I feel like this is d
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Jessalyn King
Feb 22, 2014 Jessalyn King rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
This isn't my usual thing to read, but I loved it! He has a clever way with words and such a respect for French food and the people's reverence for food, that it made me a little more thoughtful about my short experience there. Although he also confirmed (and explained) said experience. But I loved how he wove the people into the food stories. Even most of the food sounded tasty (being vegetarian, most French food besides the cheese and baking is not terribly appetizing to me). I might actually ...more
Carrie
Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence is one of my favorite audiobooks, and I have listened to it at least twice. A British accent and French words and locations always please me. This particular book was more a less a travelogue of sorts. Having recently finished The Hundred-Foot Journey that talks about the Michelin Guide which rates French restaurants with the granting of stars, I definitely enjoyed this books discourse on the origin of the guidebook and an interview with one of the Michelin Guide ...more
Mallory
Oh Peter Mayle, how I love your books. This one, written in the same tongue-in-cheek style is all about food-related events in France, although most of the events in his other books were about food as well. Food porn at it's finest!
Dave Mevis
Jan 22, 2008 Dave Mevis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dave by: Monica Swoboda
Shelves: favorite-authors
I loved this book. If you like eating or drinking wine, you must read this. I will be re-reading this book. It caused me to want to read everything Peter Mayle has written.
Phredric
Feb 13, 2015 Phredric rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A collection of articles about places Mayle went to eat french food. A book to be dipped into as reading several chapters at a time gets rather boring (not to mention getting envious of his tour of France on an expense account). Like the chapter on frogs legs (which I have eaten) but the chapter on the Medoc Marathon .... which he goes to watch rather than run in encapsulates the problem. He's an observer - wanders around have these fascinating, and delicious, experiences but none seems to reall ...more
Kevin Davison
Sep 11, 2012 Kevin Davison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great reference book for the foodie things that go on in France; makes me hungry!
Carolyn
After the truffles and such crazy experiences we were greeted with frog's legs a la street cafe, then on to a more serious "convention" with costumes even! Then there were the chickens grown free range and examined by the registered observers. You would do well with a map of southern France as Peter and friend and or wife take road trips all over to inspect the French favorites. Especially wonderful was the wine tasting, spitting, dizzying crazy times. Peter and his friend even trudge through ve ...more
Kristen
Jun 01, 2014 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read French Lessons when I was in my teens shortly after returning from my first trip to France. If I wasn't already in love with the culture, this book solidified it. You might know of Peter Mayle from the Toujours Provence fame. He's British, but has a deep appreciation for all things French, most notably the food. Each chapter takes you to a different festival or culinary experience around the country, from "The Mass of the Truffle" to "The Fair of the Frog" and the "The Fair of the S ...more
Sally
Feb 17, 2012 Sally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pleasant light read - made me hungry!
Ilze
Garšīgi un interesanti.
Tonia
Jul 11, 2012 Tonia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful light read by Peter Mayle who again entertains the reader with the festivals and holidays that he visits all over France. From eating contests, to a running marathon with wine tastings along the route, to upper class semi-nude lunches, to the muddy and calming spa, Mayle's writing will put a spontaneous smile on your face, cause you to roll your eyes in disbelief, and generally love France and its inhabitants just a little bit more. He also explains the Michelin Food Guide (yes, of t ...more
Cristina
Nov 25, 2010 Cristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nici nu stiu cum sa incep. Mayle inseamna pentru mine ceea ce a calatori inseamna pentru unii dintre noi, cei cu mijloacele financiare necesare pentru a vizita diverse tari. Cand spun Provence, ma gandesc instant la Un an in Provence sau la Lectii de franceza, sau chiar la Viata de caine [cu toate ca e scrisa din perspectiva celui de-al treilea membru canin al familiei autorului].


Nu pot afirma ca Lectii de franceza mi-a placut mai mult decat alte romane de-ale acestui britanic, dar asta pentru c
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Katie
Aug 26, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
French Lessons was a book that I enjoyed from the first page. We follow our intrepid gastronomer through the feasts and festivals of his part of France. We are with him as his discovers his appreciation for several foods. We stumble with him down the streets after weekend-long wine tastings with no spit bucket in sight.

Mayle really made me want to continue the exploration of new foods that I attempt on an almost daily basis. He reminded me of the simple fun of watching an eating competition, or
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Elizabeth
Sep 23, 2010 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peter Mayle never fails to entertain, especially when he is talking about food or the foibles of his adopted French homeland. It's been at least a decade since I first read his Provence books, and this one has been on my To Read list for nearly as long. I'm delighted to have finally picked it up in earnest.

In the course of a dozen-or-so chapters, Mayle attends small-town festivals in honor of the truffle, frogs legs, escargot, Burgundy, and a particularly fragrant cheese named Livarot. He observ
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Karie
Mar 30, 2013 Karie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
На места прекалено комерсиална, на места повърхностна, като цяло книгата има леко безпристрастна нотка- обръща се повече внимание на описание, отколкото на личното преживяване. Границата между хумора и лекомислието е много тънка. Щастието на цяла нация се заключава в едно добро и обилно ястие. За съжаление, тази идеалистична представа за французите-гурмета вероятно съществува само в провинциална Франция или на местата, свързани с дългогодишни традиции, тъй като средностатистическият французин, а ...more
Heather Santiago
This is a delightful travel memoir about the author's culinary adventures in France. I often found it quite humorous. I especially enjoyed the chapter in which his friend Regis, over a plate of frog legs, expresses astonishment at the popularity of McDonald's. He says: "I wouldn't go, as a matter of principle. Do you know the average time taken to eat a a McDonald's meal? Seven and a half minutes! And they're proud of it! It's an affront to the digestion..."
TheIron Paw
Apr 03, 2015 TheIron Paw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another typical lighthearted Mayle book, this time focusing primarily on the French love of food as displayed in the plethora of food based festivals around France. Mayle describes his experiences attending festivals of frogs, snails, boudin, and of course the marathon run through wine country (frequent stops for runners, time being less important than the wine). A great read for those who love food (and drink of course)>
Dina
Dec 01, 2013 Dina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-recently
Author Peter Mayle, a British ex-pat, who previous wrote about Provence, ventured out to other areas of France to get a better taste of food festivals. He celebrated frog’s legs with lots of garlic, enjoyed cheeses, chickens with blue feet and made me salivate all the way through the descriptions.
His experiences with wine tasting went on all afternoon and his description of a truffle auction was amazing. I enjoyed his story about stay at a luxurious spa yet the most informing part of the book wa
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Donna
If you are a foodie, you might like this. I found the anecdotes entertaining. All the talk about food made me hungry because I read this before lunch. Then there were some not so appetizing things mentioned as well. These assorted menu items that were discussed must be a French thing, (i.e. snails, frog legs, etc.) Yuck! There was also a lot of talk about wine and cheese.

The author's humor in this book was similar to that of James Herriot. I think they are both Brits. This was 3 stars overall.
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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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