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A Feast at the Beach

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Travel back in time and immerse yourself in the Provence of the late 60s. Sensitively told, filled with humor, tenderness and a beautifully descriptive narrative regaling the reader with the tastes and smells of Southern France, A Feast at the Beach deftly blends the foods of Provence with stories that will touch your heart - and just may inspire you to rediscover your own...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 16th 2010 by 3L Publishing (first published August 27th 2010)
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Max Carmichael
This is the best kind of memoir - bringing all the senses to life, evoking the timelessness of childhood and feelings we've all shared, in a landscape and culture which have become archetypes of the good life. William subtly draws us in so that we feel we're there with him. The chapters are gemlike sketches of deeply loved people like Pepe and Meme, Uncle Jacques, Chantal, and of William himself coming of age - that bittersweet, mysterious process none of us is ever really prepared for. Punctuat...more
An interesting story of an American spending stretches of his growing-up years in France. It's a story told by an adult recalling what his childhood impressions were. An enjoyable read.
A lovely read that makes you hungry and wanting for a simple life.
I loved it and tried some of the receipes. Deliciooooous!
A sweet and savory journey.
There are some great recipes I'd like to try from this book.
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“Best in new books” -Bookviews, 2011

“I adore his book” -San Francisco Book Review

“Evocative writing. A lovely book” -Georgeanne Brennan. Award winning author of A Pig in Provence and The Foods and Flavors of Haute Provence

“A real pleasure” - Bonjour Paris

“Evokes both the novels of Marcel Pagnol and the photographs of Robert Doisneau.” -French Morning magazine

“Filled with powerful flavors, sce...more
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“When I awoke, it was late afternoon, the crickets were singing outside, the sun shined golden, and the hushed murmurs of voices could be heard downstairs. I dressed feeling strangely at Home, and descended to meet our hostess. Home with a capital H is not a place or a thing, but rather an aesthetic. We each have our own version of Home that lives close to the soul. Many little details, nuances, and wisps of dreams go into defining it. You can make a Home for yourself by creating a place that has enough bits of art and magic to approximate your ideal, or sometimes, on those rare occasions, you step into a place that parallels enough of your own sense of beauty and divine livingness that it’s felt down deep.” 0 likes
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