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

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  9,275 Ratings  ·  228 Reviews
In his most delightful foray into the wonders of Provencallife, 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
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 25th 2000 by Vintage Books USA (first published October 1st 1992)
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Kaitlyn Barrett
Jun 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel-related
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
Madhulika Liddle
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Written eleven years after A Year in Provence, Encore Provence continues Peter Mayle’s fascination with this delightfully sunny corner of France. In this book, Mayle (who, if you’re unfamiliar with his Provence books, moved along with his wife from England to Provence after chucking up a career in advertising) discusses—with his inimitable sense of humour and his obvious affection for Provence and its people—all things Provence, from the people to the laws, the land and its produce, the fabulous ...more
Peter Mason
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Коли ти не їдеш в Прованс (хоча й дуже цього хочеш), Прованс приходить до тебе. І то так відчутно, що майже вдихаєш запах лаванди, чуєш, як під подувом містралю шелестить листя на столітніх оливах, слухаєш скрип старих віконниць, відчуваєш смак доброго вина... Здавалося, читати "Ще один рік в Провансі", не прочитавши першої частини - дурна ідея. Ба ні, книга цілком самодостатня. І зачаровує з перших сторінок.
Це не путівник, хоча в ньому й можна знайти назви ресторанів із запаморочливою кухнею,
Apr 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
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
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Antoaneta Mitrusheva
Харесвам Питър Мейл и третата част от поредицата му за Прованс ми допадна. Книгата е по-скоро пътепис, а не роман. Сборник от истории, написан с приятно чувство за хумор, усет към детайла, любов към храната и природата. Книга, която носи сетивна наслада и удоволствие.
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
A pure delight as always and a joy to reread
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Given that encore means "again" and toujours means "forever" I understandably mistook this book to be the second in the series, rather than the third, and so I read them out of order.

I think no one will be terribly surprised that this is a watered-down version of A Year in Provence. It is less a memoir and more a collection of essays. I was hoping for more sketches of village characters and anecdotes about gardening, food, and local color. There are some of those, but mostly this reads like a t
Having just visited Aix-en-Provence, I found this book to be delightful. Each city's festivals prepared with loving care, and they are interesting. Why are they interesting? Because the French appreciate artisanal crafts--all of the French--the jeune et vieux (young and old) alike.

It would seem that in the USA, artisanal crafts are no longer appreciated, much less admired by the young and old.

I read the entire book on the 9 hour flight from Paris to Los Angeles.
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a delightful sequel to the author's "A Year in Provence," with even more charming descriptions of the slow-paced life he and his wife have discovered in Provence. If you can't afford to travel to France, pick up this quick read to live vicariously through Peter Mayle's often tongue-in-cheek observations.
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: life-stories
What a delightful foray into Peter Mayle's Provencial world. He mentions in this book that they were returning from a stint in thr US and I would love to hear his perspective on his time there.
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Have enjoyed most of what I've read by Mayle. I like to think of them as air travel books. They're short and sweet.
John Nebauer
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel, food
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
Nov 02, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, reviewed, travel
You’ve got Mayle!

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
Moody Kitty
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
These are some new stories after the author returned to Provence after several years in America. To my surprise, there is reference to Ruth Reichl of the New York Times (not a very pleasant impression from Ruth though), it's interesting because I'm a fan of Ruth Reichl's books too (but I only remember that fling in Paris :/)
This book has many charming moments but like Toujours Provence, it's not tightly bound around a timeline in A Year in Provence. The first book sounds more like "an adventure"
Gillian Mcintosh
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh, how I love reading and re-reading Peter Mayle, and that is why I had to read this again. It is so entertaining to experience the author's humorous eye when portraying facets of human nature. He loves Provence and he reveres the Luberon, which is my favorite place too rather than the glitz of the Cote d'Azure. We have been to several locations in the area, and my favorite place to stay is in Gordes where the views across the hillsides are magnificent,and the the hot dry days improve into the ...more
Jun 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Peter Mayle still have the chance to let me read a book about a wonderful place I want to visit more and more, always describing gorgeous foods that made me starving or just pushed me out in search of fresh bread and goat cheese. Again, I found some similarities with some areas of Italy, especially the love for food and for life in the slow gear.
Episodes of this books talking about local people still cheered me, but I must admit the first book was one step forward; anyway, the book is still rea
Mar 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 19, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Dec 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cultured-living
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
May 10, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jan 28, 2013 rated it liked it
I have now read most of the series from the first 'A Year In Provence' to 'French Lessons'. There are many more books written by Mayle set in Provence, and I intend to read them all, but I don't think the remaining are focused on his strict observations of what makes life in Provence so exquisite. My wife and I just returned from three weeks in a petite home in an even smaller village in Burgundy and everything Peter described captured and enhanced our impressions to a 'T'. I thoroughly enjoyed ...more
Reagan Ramsey
Jul 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
May 24, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved all the "Provence" books by Peter Mayle. He takes the reader there. A good book to read on a summer afternoon under a shade tree. He introduces the reader to his world in Provence in the first book, A Year in Provence, in which he chronicles his often humorous experiences restoring a farm house. A succession of craftsmen, stonemasons, plumbers, carpenters, etc., fill the pages with local color and brie and wine.
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