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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
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
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
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
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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Eustacia Tan
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
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
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
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
A great reference book for the foodie things that go on in France; makes me hungry!
Kristen Pollard
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
Pleasant light read - made me hungry!
Tonia
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
Bibliophile
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
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
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
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
Dina
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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Crystal
This was a pleasant book. There's not much to say about it other than that. It was an easy read, easy to read for small periods of time, or directly before going to bed, due to the undemanding writing and subject material. I found the chapters on frogs and snails interesting, if unappetizing, and was really interested in the chapter on blood sausage, so I was really let down when it was a little fake-out chapter.
A lot of the other chapters seemed to be more about the people than the food, which
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Rachel Rogers
I wouldn't call this Mayle at his best, but it was an interesting and amusing read. Peter Mayle takes it upon himself to travel France, his adopted country, and visit the various festivals dedicated to celebrating food and drink throughout the year. This leads him to a celebration of frogs legs, snails, Bordeaux wine, a marathon where the runners are a combination of serious athletes and people in fancy dress (both meanings of the phrase) running along to enjoy the refreshments along the route ( ...more
Rachel Wagner
I think if you gave Peter Mayle a paper bag with a French name he would make it sound wonderful. This book is almost entirely devoted to the food of France. Mayle makes you feel that you are one of his friends chumming along for impassioned French lunches over truffles, snails, foi grais, and casoulet. At one point in the book Mayle actually attends church services in order to partake of the truffle infused meal that follows mass.

While this isn't as good as a Year in Provence (partly because you
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Caitlin
Jan 23, 2015 Caitlin rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Foodies and Francophiles
Recommended to Caitlin by: Diane
Shelves: food
Great, now I'm hungry... dreamed of chicken after reading the chicken chapter, was yearning for a wheel of brie after the cheese chapter, and so looking forward to an upcoming wine-tasting weekend after reading the wine chapter. I'm kind of even hankering for some frog's legs.... :-S
Grace Tierney
A light-hearted journey to French food and wine festivals celebrating wine (a marathon in the vineyards), frogs' legs, cheese etc in the company of the man who wrote "A Year in Provence". He writes well but overall the book lacked depth for me and was surprisingly short. An easy beach read perhaps?
Fabienne
Charming and delightful, this book is a gem. Contrary to what one might think based on the title, this is not a book that teaches French. It is a non-fiction by an Englishman living in France. The author takes us on a tour of different culinary festivals throughout France (truffles festival, escargot festival, frog legs festival). Unexpectedly funny at times, I found myself laughing until I cried. This book is well written; I was transported to France with all the sounds, sights, smells and tast ...more
Kathy
food, french life, strange french encounters from frog legs to snail festivals ..... means, right up my alley! and it ends at a french spa with mud baths and delicious local wines. how could i not love this!
Book Concierge
This book is subtitled: Adventures with Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew, and is another entertaining memoir of life in France by the former British advertising executive who now makes Provence his home. I’ve been a fan of Mayle’s since I read his first book, A Year in Provence. His books should come with warning labels – I swear I gain 5-10 pounds every time I read one. This particular volume has us following Mayle as he partakes of various food festivals around France – from frog legs to blood sausa ...more
Astrid Natasastra
I found this book accidentally.. at an isle of discounted books in Kinokuniya.. so imagine my surprise!! It was 2nd day booksale at the store and I already went there twice.. But somehow I missed this book at the first visit. I've been a fan of Peter Mayle after his movie, A Good Year.. winery..life changing career..romance..Tuscany.. what more could you ask for in a story?

Anyway this will be the first Peter Mayle's book I'l read.. and it was so thin! So I'm savoring it.. like a piece of good ch
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September Dee
A book about food and Paris. Humorous and entertaining from start to finish. Peter always writes great books that make us envy his lifestyle and all the fabulous experiences he has had.
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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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