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Joie de Vivre: Simple French Style for Everyday Living

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  240 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Explains how to achieve simple and pleasurable living through French cooking, including recipes, vegetable gardening techniques, and strategies for unique dinners and parties.
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 22nd 2003 by Simon & Schuster
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Mary Ess
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have only been to Paris once and something clicked. I love to cook and entertain so ideas on accomplishing this in French style was heavenly.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Arbor is a Frenchman now living in America who owns a restaurant. One of the pleasures of this book is that it contains many, many recipes. But that is certainly not the only pleasure.

And that's what this book is all about: Pleasures. Simple pleasures. The pleasures that French people find in their every day lives. Preparing food. Eating. Spending time with their families. Spending time with their friends.

A lovely, lovely book. I want to see this way of life at work (and, hopefully, I will...in
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Beth
Sep 08, 2015 rated it liked it
I loved this book by a Frenchman who is a restaurateur in New York City, and also owns a home in the French countryside. He writes about that French zest for life as illustrated by simple food-related pleasures enjoyed everyday. He starts with breakfast (cafe au lait and baguettes), then covers vegetable gardening, going to the market, lunch, afternoon break (la pause gourmande), dinner, and hosting a dinner party. The book includes some recipes and lots of insights into French customs.
Claire
Apr 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: My stressed-out, fast-food-loving compatriots
This marvelous book made me want to slow down and cook a five course meal, then eat everything in satisfyingly small proportions. This is a book that makes you desperately crave fresh, unprocessed food and long, wine-filled nights with friends. In the beginning I found the author's pervasive superiority a little off-putting, but I encourage anyone to continue reading because you will become totally captivated. I especially enjoyed the chapters on breakfast and market day.
Christina
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable read with lots of great recipes scattered throughout the book. It has many great suggestions on how to adapt the French lifestyle while living in the US, which is often not so conducive to a Joie de Vivre.

This will be a book that I will refer back to many times. I recommend it to any Francophile , or anyone who is looking to add a little something to your daily routine.
Danielle Yevsa
Jun 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who is looking for ways to find more happiness in their lives
Although the book has many handy tips and excellent recipes, I found that the family focus of the French lifestyle the author is describing is extraordinarily similar to the Orthodox Jewish lifestyle I already lead. The most important tip I took from this book was how to properly wash a leek to remove all the dirt and grim.
Kathleen Messmer
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! Having lived in France for a brief time, I always marveled at the French way of life. This book explains it all. It's an easy read but it also teaches you to slow down and don't take life so seriously. Enjoy your family, your friends and most of all life! There are some amazing recipes sprinkled throughout as well. Read it!
Crystal
Apr 24, 2011 rated it liked it
I loved all the ideas for creating a simpler, slower, more enjoyable lifestyle. The writing isn't fabulous, and it's definitely one person's point of view, but it did make me take note and try to find ways to slow down and enjoy my meals and life more.
Amanda
Feb 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Okay, I'm having a passe French phase, made even worse by the fact that my French ancestors were Alsatian, which is like Baja-France. BUT, this book is the size of a vinyl record and a quick read and has some good recipes, and some not-so good three page descriptions of how to eat toast.
Agnes
Apr 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those who need inspiration to enjoy the basics in life
Though the tone of the author was a bit grating at first, I really enjoyed this book. It's similar to the "French Women Don't Get Fat" books in its ability to make one think about the enjoyment of life's simple pleasures and the huge benefits of eating fresh and healthy foods.
Natasha
Oct 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
loved this book...It makes me feel happy!
Catherine
Oct 26, 2007 rated it it was amazing
the only cookbook i have found that actually captures the art of simple french food.
Nancy
Aug 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful simple recipes and a wonderful sense of warmth and friendly living.
claire
Dec 02, 2008 rated it did not like it
This one was a little too francophilic for my taste!
Rachel Metz
Apr 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A lovely vision of the good life. Mostly text and recipes that lull me into a calm, nurturing place. Warm and inspiring.
Kelly
Dec 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Oh! So awesome!! I truly enjoyed this book! It's all about living life for the little things, such as food (mainly). Slow down is it's overall theme which I all think we could use to do.
Leannr
May 20, 2008 added it
simple, French cooking and life overall...
Erin
Oct 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
If I only could live like this, my life would be complete.
Kathleen
Feb 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
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I'm being adopted by Robert Arbor and moving to France. Au revoir!
Carolyn
I go back and read this book whenever I get a little lonesome for France
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