From Here, You Can't See Paris: Seasons of a French Village and Its Restaurant

From Here, You Can't See Paris: Seasons of a French Village and Its Restaurant

From Here,You Can't See Paris is a sweet, leisurely exploration of the life of Les Arques (population 159), a hilltop village in a remote corner of France, untouched by the modern era. It is a story of a dying village's struggle to survive, of a dead artist whose legacy began its rebirth, and of chef Jacques Ratier and his wife, Noëlle, whose bustling restaurant?the villag From Here,You Can't See Paris is a sweet, leisurely exploration of the life of Les Arques (population 159), a hilltop ...

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Title:From Here, You Can't See Paris: Seasons of a French Village and Its Restaurant
Author:Michael S. Sanders
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Genres:Travel
ISBN:From Here, You Can't See Paris: Seasons of a French Village and Its Restaurant
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

From Here, You Can't See Paris: Seasons of a French Village and Its Restaurant Reviews

  • William
    Sep 04, 2008

    This book was so respectful of life in the village where the author lived for year. Having read almost all of Peter Mayle's books, I found this to be a step above. I felt like I understood the life of the village from the inside after reading this book. It wasn't all poking fun at Fren...

    I was wandering by a display in my local library and picked out this book. I have only been to France once - to Paris for 4 days. I admit I have romantic imaginings about the French countryside dancing in my head. So, I thought I'd indulge those fantasies by reading this book. It is no...

    I read every book whose them is "observations of an American transplanted in France." And most are pretty predictable: American discovers just how ultimately satisfying it can be to learn to enjoy life like the French. This is much the same, but done very well. Author, wife, and young ...

  • Kristin Dow
    Apr 21, 2015

    This book was so respectful of life in the village where the author lived for year. Having read almost all of Peter Mayle's books, I found this to be a step above. I felt like I understood the life of the village from the inside after reading this book. It wasn't all poking fun at Fren...

    I was wandering by a display in my local library and picked out this book. I have only been to France once - to Paris for 4 days. I admit I have romantic imaginings about the French countryside dancing in my head. So, I thought I'd indulge those fantasies by reading this book. It is no...

    I read every book whose them is "observations of an American transplanted in France." And most are pretty predictable: American discovers just how ultimately satisfying it can be to learn to enjoy life like the French. This is much the same, but done very well. Author, wife, and young ...

    This book tells the story of an American writer who moves to a tiny village in southwest France with his family to write about the changing nature of the French countryside. He spends most of his time in La Recreation, the one restaurant in Les Arles, profiling the owners and their cui...

    Sooo, I enjoyed this, mostly because Michael Sanders writes about food. I have to admit though that I think he is a bit wordy. There were plenty of times throughout the course of this book where I felt he could have written the exact same thing in half the space. Still enjoyable, excep...

    Great book about a family's year in a very small town in southwest France and the town's restaurant. It takes you on a tour of the markets and farms where French food is grown and raised (vegetarians beware the chapter on foie gras), and really gives a sense of what a traditional small...

    Pretty boring, especially compared to all the really great similar stuff out there. ...

    Half way through as of today. A gift from Nancy last year. A good tale of a village with the details that inform. Even if so much is familiar and recognizable to one who lives partly in French villages, there are other sections that are newly informative, especially about the agricultu...

    This is a very well written homage to French village life. Sanders initially arrives to write about 'La Recreation', the new restaurant that has helped breathe life into the new village. Inevitably, Sanders' portrait becomes one of the whole village. While the characters are intere...

    Michael S. Sander's memoir of his year spent in a tiny French village was absolutely charming. Though Sanders started out to write about life in a French restaurant, the book is actually about the villagers themselves. Centered around the city's main business, a restaurant in an old...

    Mostly I enjoyed this because I've been to the restaurant that it's about, having spent some time in the area, and I can confirm it is the best restaurant I've ever been to. People should go to the Lot Valley just for La Recreation, seriously. I'm not sure how interesting this would be...

    Living in the Gers Gascony region i was able to compare Gers with Lot and found that the people in my area are very simular.The villages are slowly dieing out and to be a farmer you need alot of land and fingers in many pies.He tells in detail about truffles which i found fasinating an...

    Sanders and his family spend a year in a small village in southwestern France, focusing on the restaurant there, La Récré, and its husband and wife owners. Fascinating details on the people and seasonal rhythms of the village. The big downside is the writing/editing. Along with some ...

    Michael Sanders and his wife moved to a very, very small village in France so he could write a book about a restaurant and the people who ran it. Fun to read about the great food and ways to prepare it. But a glimpse into the lives of the rural French was the best part for me. Now, I'm...

    This only whets my desire to live in Europe. A lovely book, very calming. A bit slow to start, but once I got into the rhythm of Sanders' writing, it sped up. He wrote a really nice snapshot of this French village. And, as a foodie, I really enjoyed the loving descriptions of the...

    Don't read this book unless you have some food in front of you. It was a great biography of the year that an American family spent living in a small hilltop french village. They were there to observe the phenomenon of great chefs working in small restaurants in out of the way places....

    I loved reading this book. It is set in a village quite close to where our place in France is. Having read it I was really keen to visit, so managed a wonderful trip for my birthday in 2009. I got to eat the infamous lobster ravioli. The food and ambiance were fantastic. Since then, th...

    Since I've read other French lifestyle books, little was new to me in the topics the author addressed. He doesn't have near the wit and humor Peter Mayle does who has set the bar high in this category. Little dry and boring in parts with some editorial mistakes. Overall, an okay read, ...

  • Lori
    Dec 13, 2008

    This book was so respectful of life in the village where the author lived for year. Having read almost all of Peter Mayle's books, I found this to be a step above. I felt like I understood the life of the village from the inside after reading this book. It wasn't all poking fun at Fren...

    I was wandering by a display in my local library and picked out this book. I have only been to France once - to Paris for 4 days. I admit I have romantic imaginings about the French countryside dancing in my head. So, I thought I'd indulge those fantasies by reading this book. It is no...

    I read every book whose them is "observations of an American transplanted in France." And most are pretty predictable: American discovers just how ultimately satisfying it can be to learn to enjoy life like the French. This is much the same, but done very well. Author, wife, and young ...

    This book tells the story of an American writer who moves to a tiny village in southwest France with his family to write about the changing nature of the French countryside. He spends most of his time in La Recreation, the one restaurant in Les Arles, profiling the owners and their cui...

    Sooo, I enjoyed this, mostly because Michael Sanders writes about food. I have to admit though that I think he is a bit wordy. There were plenty of times throughout the course of this book where I felt he could have written the exact same thing in half the space. Still enjoyable, excep...

    Great book about a family's year in a very small town in southwest France and the town's restaurant. It takes you on a tour of the markets and farms where French food is grown and raised (vegetarians beware the chapter on foie gras), and really gives a sense of what a traditional small...

    Pretty boring, especially compared to all the really great similar stuff out there. ...

    Half way through as of today. A gift from Nancy last year. A good tale of a village with the details that inform. Even if so much is familiar and recognizable to one who lives partly in French villages, there are other sections that are newly informative, especially about the agricultu...

    This is a very well written homage to French village life. Sanders initially arrives to write about 'La Recreation', the new restaurant that has helped breathe life into the new village. Inevitably, Sanders' portrait becomes one of the whole village. While the characters are intere...

    Michael S. Sander's memoir of his year spent in a tiny French village was absolutely charming. Though Sanders started out to write about life in a French restaurant, the book is actually about the villagers themselves. Centered around the city's main business, a restaurant in an old...

    Mostly I enjoyed this because I've been to the restaurant that it's about, having spent some time in the area, and I can confirm it is the best restaurant I've ever been to. People should go to the Lot Valley just for La Recreation, seriously. I'm not sure how interesting this would be...

    Living in the Gers Gascony region i was able to compare Gers with Lot and found that the people in my area are very simular.The villages are slowly dieing out and to be a farmer you need alot of land and fingers in many pies.He tells in detail about truffles which i found fasinating an...

    Sanders and his family spend a year in a small village in southwestern France, focusing on the restaurant there, La Récré, and its husband and wife owners. Fascinating details on the people and seasonal rhythms of the village. The big downside is the writing/editing. Along with some ...

    Michael Sanders and his wife moved to a very, very small village in France so he could write a book about a restaurant and the people who ran it. Fun to read about the great food and ways to prepare it. But a glimpse into the lives of the rural French was the best part for me. Now, I'm...

    This only whets my desire to live in Europe. A lovely book, very calming. A bit slow to start, but once I got into the rhythm of Sanders' writing, it sped up. He wrote a really nice snapshot of this French village. And, as a foodie, I really enjoyed the loving descriptions of the...

    Don't read this book unless you have some food in front of you. It was a great biography of the year that an American family spent living in a small hilltop french village. They were there to observe the phenomenon of great chefs working in small restaurants in out of the way places....

    I loved reading this book. It is set in a village quite close to where our place in France is. Having read it I was really keen to visit, so managed a wonderful trip for my birthday in 2009. I got to eat the infamous lobster ravioli. The food and ambiance were fantastic. Since then, th...

    Since I've read other French lifestyle books, little was new to me in the topics the author addressed. He doesn't have near the wit and humor Peter Mayle does who has set the bar high in this category. Little dry and boring in parts with some editorial mistakes. Overall, an okay read, ...

    I very much enjoyed this true story of the author moving his wife and young child to a tiny village in the southwest of France. His observations get very detailed and I especially enjoyed his observations about his daughter and her adaptation of French ways. The food list from her scho...

  • Virginia
    Nov 26, 2008

    This book was so respectful of life in the village where the author lived for year. Having read almost all of Peter Mayle's books, I found this to be a step above. I felt like I understood the life of the village from the inside after reading this book. It wasn't all poking fun at Fren...

    I was wandering by a display in my local library and picked out this book. I have only been to France once - to Paris for 4 days. I admit I have romantic imaginings about the French countryside dancing in my head. So, I thought I'd indulge those fantasies by reading this book. It is no...

    I read every book whose them is "observations of an American transplanted in France." And most are pretty predictable: American discovers just how ultimately satisfying it can be to learn to enjoy life like the French. This is much the same, but done very well. Author, wife, and young ...

    This book tells the story of an American writer who moves to a tiny village in southwest France with his family to write about the changing nature of the French countryside. He spends most of his time in La Recreation, the one restaurant in Les Arles, profiling the owners and their cui...

    Sooo, I enjoyed this, mostly because Michael Sanders writes about food. I have to admit though that I think he is a bit wordy. There were plenty of times throughout the course of this book where I felt he could have written the exact same thing in half the space. Still enjoyable, excep...

    Great book about a family's year in a very small town in southwest France and the town's restaurant. It takes you on a tour of the markets and farms where French food is grown and raised (vegetarians beware the chapter on foie gras), and really gives a sense of what a traditional small...

    Pretty boring, especially compared to all the really great similar stuff out there. ...

    Half way through as of today. A gift from Nancy last year. A good tale of a village with the details that inform. Even if so much is familiar and recognizable to one who lives partly in French villages, there are other sections that are newly informative, especially about the agricultu...

    This is a very well written homage to French village life. Sanders initially arrives to write about 'La Recreation', the new restaurant that has helped breathe life into the new village. Inevitably, Sanders' portrait becomes one of the whole village. While the characters are intere...

    Michael S. Sander's memoir of his year spent in a tiny French village was absolutely charming. Though Sanders started out to write about life in a French restaurant, the book is actually about the villagers themselves. Centered around the city's main business, a restaurant in an old...

    Mostly I enjoyed this because I've been to the restaurant that it's about, having spent some time in the area, and I can confirm it is the best restaurant I've ever been to. People should go to the Lot Valley just for La Recreation, seriously. I'm not sure how interesting this would be...

    Living in the Gers Gascony region i was able to compare Gers with Lot and found that the people in my area are very simular.The villages are slowly dieing out and to be a farmer you need alot of land and fingers in many pies.He tells in detail about truffles which i found fasinating an...

    Sanders and his family spend a year in a small village in southwestern France, focusing on the restaurant there, La Récré, and its husband and wife owners. Fascinating details on the people and seasonal rhythms of the village. The big downside is the writing/editing. Along with some ...

    Michael Sanders and his wife moved to a very, very small village in France so he could write a book about a restaurant and the people who ran it. Fun to read about the great food and ways to prepare it. But a glimpse into the lives of the rural French was the best part for me. Now, I'm...

    This only whets my desire to live in Europe. A lovely book, very calming. A bit slow to start, but once I got into the rhythm of Sanders' writing, it sped up. He wrote a really nice snapshot of this French village. And, as a foodie, I really enjoyed the loving descriptions of the...

  • Liz
    Mar 21, 2008

    This book was so respectful of life in the village where the author lived for year. Having read almost all of Peter Mayle's books, I found this to be a step above. I felt like I understood the life of the village from the inside after reading this book. It wasn't all poking fun at Fren...

    I was wandering by a display in my local library and picked out this book. I have only been to France once - to Paris for 4 days. I admit I have romantic imaginings about the French countryside dancing in my head. So, I thought I'd indulge those fantasies by reading this book. It is no...

    I read every book whose them is "observations of an American transplanted in France." And most are pretty predictable: American discovers just how ultimately satisfying it can be to learn to enjoy life like the French. This is much the same, but done very well. Author, wife, and young ...

    This book tells the story of an American writer who moves to a tiny village in southwest France with his family to write about the changing nature of the French countryside. He spends most of his time in La Recreation, the one restaurant in Les Arles, profiling the owners and their cui...

    Sooo, I enjoyed this, mostly because Michael Sanders writes about food. I have to admit though that I think he is a bit wordy. There were plenty of times throughout the course of this book where I felt he could have written the exact same thing in half the space. Still enjoyable, excep...

  • A
    Nov 30, 2007

    This book was so respectful of life in the village where the author lived for year. Having read almost all of Peter Mayle's books, I found this to be a step above. I felt like I understood the life of the village from the inside after reading this book. It wasn't all poking fun at Fren...

    I was wandering by a display in my local library and picked out this book. I have only been to France once - to Paris for 4 days. I admit I have romantic imaginings about the French countryside dancing in my head. So, I thought I'd indulge those fantasies by reading this book. It is no...

    I read every book whose them is "observations of an American transplanted in France." And most are pretty predictable: American discovers just how ultimately satisfying it can be to learn to enjoy life like the French. This is much the same, but done very well. Author, wife, and young ...

    This book tells the story of an American writer who moves to a tiny village in southwest France with his family to write about the changing nature of the French countryside. He spends most of his time in La Recreation, the one restaurant in Les Arles, profiling the owners and their cui...

    Sooo, I enjoyed this, mostly because Michael Sanders writes about food. I have to admit though that I think he is a bit wordy. There were plenty of times throughout the course of this book where I felt he could have written the exact same thing in half the space. Still enjoyable, excep...

    Great book about a family's year in a very small town in southwest France and the town's restaurant. It takes you on a tour of the markets and farms where French food is grown and raised (vegetarians beware the chapter on foie gras), and really gives a sense of what a traditional small...

    Pretty boring, especially compared to all the really great similar stuff out there. ...

  • Vonnie
    Sep 20, 2008

    This book was so respectful of life in the village where the author lived for year. Having read almost all of Peter Mayle's books, I found this to be a step above. I felt like I understood the life of the village from the inside after reading this book. It wasn't all poking fun at Fren...

    I was wandering by a display in my local library and picked out this book. I have only been to France once - to Paris for 4 days. I admit I have romantic imaginings about the French countryside dancing in my head. So, I thought I'd indulge those fantasies by reading this book. It is no...

    I read every book whose them is "observations of an American transplanted in France." And most are pretty predictable: American discovers just how ultimately satisfying it can be to learn to enjoy life like the French. This is much the same, but done very well. Author, wife, and young ...

    This book tells the story of an American writer who moves to a tiny village in southwest France with his family to write about the changing nature of the French countryside. He spends most of his time in La Recreation, the one restaurant in Les Arles, profiling the owners and their cui...

    Sooo, I enjoyed this, mostly because Michael Sanders writes about food. I have to admit though that I think he is a bit wordy. There were plenty of times throughout the course of this book where I felt he could have written the exact same thing in half the space. Still enjoyable, excep...

    Great book about a family's year in a very small town in southwest France and the town's restaurant. It takes you on a tour of the markets and farms where French food is grown and raised (vegetarians beware the chapter on foie gras), and really gives a sense of what a traditional small...

    Pretty boring, especially compared to all the really great similar stuff out there. ...

    Half way through as of today. A gift from Nancy last year. A good tale of a village with the details that inform. Even if so much is familiar and recognizable to one who lives partly in French villages, there are other sections that are newly informative, especially about the agricultu...

    This is a very well written homage to French village life. Sanders initially arrives to write about 'La Recreation', the new restaurant that has helped breathe life into the new village. Inevitably, Sanders' portrait becomes one of the whole village. While the characters are intere...

    Michael S. Sander's memoir of his year spent in a tiny French village was absolutely charming. Though Sanders started out to write about life in a French restaurant, the book is actually about the villagers themselves. Centered around the city's main business, a restaurant in an old...

    Mostly I enjoyed this because I've been to the restaurant that it's about, having spent some time in the area, and I can confirm it is the best restaurant I've ever been to. People should go to the Lot Valley just for La Recreation, seriously. I'm not sure how interesting this would be...

    Living in the Gers Gascony region i was able to compare Gers with Lot and found that the people in my area are very simular.The villages are slowly dieing out and to be a farmer you need alot of land and fingers in many pies.He tells in detail about truffles which i found fasinating an...

    Sanders and his family spend a year in a small village in southwestern France, focusing on the restaurant there, La Récré, and its husband and wife owners. Fascinating details on the people and seasonal rhythms of the village. The big downside is the writing/editing. Along with some ...

    Michael Sanders and his wife moved to a very, very small village in France so he could write a book about a restaurant and the people who ran it. Fun to read about the great food and ways to prepare it. But a glimpse into the lives of the rural French was the best part for me. Now, I'm...

    This only whets my desire to live in Europe. A lovely book, very calming. A bit slow to start, but once I got into the rhythm of Sanders' writing, it sped up. He wrote a really nice snapshot of this French village. And, as a foodie, I really enjoyed the loving descriptions of the...

    Don't read this book unless you have some food in front of you. It was a great biography of the year that an American family spent living in a small hilltop french village. They were there to observe the phenomenon of great chefs working in small restaurants in out of the way places....

  • Gina
    Jan 05, 2009

    This book was so respectful of life in the village where the author lived for year. Having read almost all of Peter Mayle's books, I found this to be a step above. I felt like I understood the life of the village from the inside after reading this book. It wasn't all poking fun at Fren...

    I was wandering by a display in my local library and picked out this book. I have only been to France once - to Paris for 4 days. I admit I have romantic imaginings about the French countryside dancing in my head. So, I thought I'd indulge those fantasies by reading this book. It is no...

    I read every book whose them is "observations of an American transplanted in France." And most are pretty predictable: American discovers just how ultimately satisfying it can be to learn to enjoy life like the French. This is much the same, but done very well. Author, wife, and young ...

    This book tells the story of an American writer who moves to a tiny village in southwest France with his family to write about the changing nature of the French countryside. He spends most of his time in La Recreation, the one restaurant in Les Arles, profiling the owners and their cui...

    Sooo, I enjoyed this, mostly because Michael Sanders writes about food. I have to admit though that I think he is a bit wordy. There were plenty of times throughout the course of this book where I felt he could have written the exact same thing in half the space. Still enjoyable, excep...

    Great book about a family's year in a very small town in southwest France and the town's restaurant. It takes you on a tour of the markets and farms where French food is grown and raised (vegetarians beware the chapter on foie gras), and really gives a sense of what a traditional small...

    Pretty boring, especially compared to all the really great similar stuff out there. ...

    Half way through as of today. A gift from Nancy last year. A good tale of a village with the details that inform. Even if so much is familiar and recognizable to one who lives partly in French villages, there are other sections that are newly informative, especially about the agricultu...

    This is a very well written homage to French village life. Sanders initially arrives to write about 'La Recreation', the new restaurant that has helped breathe life into the new village. Inevitably, Sanders' portrait becomes one of the whole village. While the characters are intere...

    Michael S. Sander's memoir of his year spent in a tiny French village was absolutely charming. Though Sanders started out to write about life in a French restaurant, the book is actually about the villagers themselves. Centered around the city's main business, a restaurant in an old...

    Mostly I enjoyed this because I've been to the restaurant that it's about, having spent some time in the area, and I can confirm it is the best restaurant I've ever been to. People should go to the Lot Valley just for La Recreation, seriously. I'm not sure how interesting this would be...

    Living in the Gers Gascony region i was able to compare Gers with Lot and found that the people in my area are very simular.The villages are slowly dieing out and to be a farmer you need alot of land and fingers in many pies.He tells in detail about truffles which i found fasinating an...

    Sanders and his family spend a year in a small village in southwestern France, focusing on the restaurant there, La Récré, and its husband and wife owners. Fascinating details on the people and seasonal rhythms of the village. The big downside is the writing/editing. Along with some ...

    Michael Sanders and his wife moved to a very, very small village in France so he could write a book about a restaurant and the people who ran it. Fun to read about the great food and ways to prepare it. But a glimpse into the lives of the rural French was the best part for me. Now, I'm...

    This only whets my desire to live in Europe. A lovely book, very calming. A bit slow to start, but once I got into the rhythm of Sanders' writing, it sped up. He wrote a really nice snapshot of this French village. And, as a foodie, I really enjoyed the loving descriptions of the...

    Don't read this book unless you have some food in front of you. It was a great biography of the year that an American family spent living in a small hilltop french village. They were there to observe the phenomenon of great chefs working in small restaurants in out of the way places....

    I loved reading this book. It is set in a village quite close to where our place in France is. Having read it I was really keen to visit, so managed a wonderful trip for my birthday in 2009. I got to eat the infamous lobster ravioli. The food and ambiance were fantastic. Since then, th...

    Since I've read other French lifestyle books, little was new to me in the topics the author addressed. He doesn't have near the wit and humor Peter Mayle does who has set the bar high in this category. Little dry and boring in parts with some editorial mistakes. Overall, an okay read, ...

    I very much enjoyed this true story of the author moving his wife and young child to a tiny village in the southwest of France. His observations get very detailed and I especially enjoyed his observations about his daughter and her adaptation of French ways. The food list from her scho...

    incredible prose. Michael Sanders knows how to write and if you want to immerse yourself and feel like you are really there , - take this book - take it slow - and wrap yourself up into this story of people, small places, unknown places, how things work and especially in the kitchen!! ...

    Nog zo een boek --- de rijke Britse vlucht naar het Franse platteland, vol cursief gedrukte Franse woordjes, om te laten zien dat ze het al kunnen, veel groente, ganzen en truffels en natuurlijk het restaurant op het kleine dorpje in de titel. Veel rescepten voor liefhebbers. ...

    A well-written account of what it's like to live in a small, rural farming community in southwest France, with a particular focus on its one restaurant. Reading this book immerses you into that life, but there's no compelling reason to keep turning the page. ...

    Interesting to learn more about restaurant life in France but think I was too vegetarian to appreciate a lot of the food mentioned! What a wonderful village this sounds like though and very traditional in its way of life. ...

    Not the usual romanticized version of life abroad since the author put in 12 months to research from within. A great time capsule of a quiet corner of France and how a village can survive without becoming Disneyfied. ...

    Good read for learning a little about life as a foreigner in the French countryside and "behind the scenes" restaurant work. Warning--this book will make your mouth water with all the talk about delicious food!!! ...

  • Abi
    Jul 31, 2008

    This book was so respectful of life in the village where the author lived for year. Having read almost all of Peter Mayle's books, I found this to be a step above. I felt like I understood the life of the village from the inside after reading this book. It wasn't all poking fun at Fren...

    I was wandering by a display in my local library and picked out this book. I have only been to France once - to Paris for 4 days. I admit I have romantic imaginings about the French countryside dancing in my head. So, I thought I'd indulge those fantasies by reading this book. It is no...

    I read every book whose them is "observations of an American transplanted in France." And most are pretty predictable: American discovers just how ultimately satisfying it can be to learn to enjoy life like the French. This is much the same, but done very well. Author, wife, and young ...

    This book tells the story of an American writer who moves to a tiny village in southwest France with his family to write about the changing nature of the French countryside. He spends most of his time in La Recreation, the one restaurant in Les Arles, profiling the owners and their cui...

    Sooo, I enjoyed this, mostly because Michael Sanders writes about food. I have to admit though that I think he is a bit wordy. There were plenty of times throughout the course of this book where I felt he could have written the exact same thing in half the space. Still enjoyable, excep...

    Great book about a family's year in a very small town in southwest France and the town's restaurant. It takes you on a tour of the markets and farms where French food is grown and raised (vegetarians beware the chapter on foie gras), and really gives a sense of what a traditional small...

    Pretty boring, especially compared to all the really great similar stuff out there. ...

    Half way through as of today. A gift from Nancy last year. A good tale of a village with the details that inform. Even if so much is familiar and recognizable to one who lives partly in French villages, there are other sections that are newly informative, especially about the agricultu...

    This is a very well written homage to French village life. Sanders initially arrives to write about 'La Recreation', the new restaurant that has helped breathe life into the new village. Inevitably, Sanders' portrait becomes one of the whole village. While the characters are intere...

    Michael S. Sander's memoir of his year spent in a tiny French village was absolutely charming. Though Sanders started out to write about life in a French restaurant, the book is actually about the villagers themselves. Centered around the city's main business, a restaurant in an old...

    Mostly I enjoyed this because I've been to the restaurant that it's about, having spent some time in the area, and I can confirm it is the best restaurant I've ever been to. People should go to the Lot Valley just for La Recreation, seriously. I'm not sure how interesting this would be...

  • Joje
    Jan 22, 2013

    This book was so respectful of life in the village where the author lived for year. Having read almost all of Peter Mayle's books, I found this to be a step above. I felt like I understood the life of the village from the inside after reading this book. It wasn't all poking fun at Fren...

    I was wandering by a display in my local library and picked out this book. I have only been to France once - to Paris for 4 days. I admit I have romantic imaginings about the French countryside dancing in my head. So, I thought I'd indulge those fantasies by reading this book. It is no...

    I read every book whose them is "observations of an American transplanted in France." And most are pretty predictable: American discovers just how ultimately satisfying it can be to learn to enjoy life like the French. This is much the same, but done very well. Author, wife, and young ...

    This book tells the story of an American writer who moves to a tiny village in southwest France with his family to write about the changing nature of the French countryside. He spends most of his time in La Recreation, the one restaurant in Les Arles, profiling the owners and their cui...

    Sooo, I enjoyed this, mostly because Michael Sanders writes about food. I have to admit though that I think he is a bit wordy. There were plenty of times throughout the course of this book where I felt he could have written the exact same thing in half the space. Still enjoyable, excep...

    Great book about a family's year in a very small town in southwest France and the town's restaurant. It takes you on a tour of the markets and farms where French food is grown and raised (vegetarians beware the chapter on foie gras), and really gives a sense of what a traditional small...

    Pretty boring, especially compared to all the really great similar stuff out there. ...

    Half way through as of today. A gift from Nancy last year. A good tale of a village with the details that inform. Even if so much is familiar and recognizable to one who lives partly in French villages, there are other sections that are newly informative, especially about the agricultu...

  • Megan
    Aug 17, 2009

    This book was so respectful of life in the village where the author lived for year. Having read almost all of Peter Mayle's books, I found this to be a step above. I felt like I understood the life of the village from the inside after reading this book. It wasn't all poking fun at Fren...

    I was wandering by a display in my local library and picked out this book. I have only been to France once - to Paris for 4 days. I admit I have romantic imaginings about the French countryside dancing in my head. So, I thought I'd indulge those fantasies by reading this book. It is no...

  • Michaelbatte
    Aug 04, 2009

    This book was so respectful of life in the village where the author lived for year. Having read almost all of Peter Mayle's books, I found this to be a step above. I felt like I understood the life of the village from the inside after reading this book. It wasn't all poking fun at Fren...

    I was wandering by a display in my local library and picked out this book. I have only been to France once - to Paris for 4 days. I admit I have romantic imaginings about the French countryside dancing in my head. So, I thought I'd indulge those fantasies by reading this book. It is no...

    I read every book whose them is "observations of an American transplanted in France." And most are pretty predictable: American discovers just how ultimately satisfying it can be to learn to enjoy life like the French. This is much the same, but done very well. Author, wife, and young ...

    This book tells the story of an American writer who moves to a tiny village in southwest France with his family to write about the changing nature of the French countryside. He spends most of his time in La Recreation, the one restaurant in Les Arles, profiling the owners and their cui...

    Sooo, I enjoyed this, mostly because Michael Sanders writes about food. I have to admit though that I think he is a bit wordy. There were plenty of times throughout the course of this book where I felt he could have written the exact same thing in half the space. Still enjoyable, excep...

    Great book about a family's year in a very small town in southwest France and the town's restaurant. It takes you on a tour of the markets and farms where French food is grown and raised (vegetarians beware the chapter on foie gras), and really gives a sense of what a traditional small...

    Pretty boring, especially compared to all the really great similar stuff out there. ...

    Half way through as of today. A gift from Nancy last year. A good tale of a village with the details that inform. Even if so much is familiar and recognizable to one who lives partly in French villages, there are other sections that are newly informative, especially about the agricultu...

    This is a very well written homage to French village life. Sanders initially arrives to write about 'La Recreation', the new restaurant that has helped breathe life into the new village. Inevitably, Sanders' portrait becomes one of the whole village. While the characters are intere...

    Michael S. Sander's memoir of his year spent in a tiny French village was absolutely charming. Though Sanders started out to write about life in a French restaurant, the book is actually about the villagers themselves. Centered around the city's main business, a restaurant in an old...

    Mostly I enjoyed this because I've been to the restaurant that it's about, having spent some time in the area, and I can confirm it is the best restaurant I've ever been to. People should go to the Lot Valley just for La Recreation, seriously. I'm not sure how interesting this would be...

    Living in the Gers Gascony region i was able to compare Gers with Lot and found that the people in my area are very simular.The villages are slowly dieing out and to be a farmer you need alot of land and fingers in many pies.He tells in detail about truffles which i found fasinating an...

    Sanders and his family spend a year in a small village in southwestern France, focusing on the restaurant there, La Récré, and its husband and wife owners. Fascinating details on the people and seasonal rhythms of the village. The big downside is the writing/editing. Along with some ...

    Michael Sanders and his wife moved to a very, very small village in France so he could write a book about a restaurant and the people who ran it. Fun to read about the great food and ways to prepare it. But a glimpse into the lives of the rural French was the best part for me. Now, I'm...

    This only whets my desire to live in Europe. A lovely book, very calming. A bit slow to start, but once I got into the rhythm of Sanders' writing, it sped up. He wrote a really nice snapshot of this French village. And, as a foodie, I really enjoyed the loving descriptions of the...

    Don't read this book unless you have some food in front of you. It was a great biography of the year that an American family spent living in a small hilltop french village. They were there to observe the phenomenon of great chefs working in small restaurants in out of the way places....

    I loved reading this book. It is set in a village quite close to where our place in France is. Having read it I was really keen to visit, so managed a wonderful trip for my birthday in 2009. I got to eat the infamous lobster ravioli. The food and ambiance were fantastic. Since then, th...

    Since I've read other French lifestyle books, little was new to me in the topics the author addressed. He doesn't have near the wit and humor Peter Mayle does who has set the bar high in this category. Little dry and boring in parts with some editorial mistakes. Overall, an okay read, ...

    I very much enjoyed this true story of the author moving his wife and young child to a tiny village in the southwest of France. His observations get very detailed and I especially enjoyed his observations about his daughter and her adaptation of French ways. The food list from her scho...

    incredible prose. Michael Sanders knows how to write and if you want to immerse yourself and feel like you are really there , - take this book - take it slow - and wrap yourself up into this story of people, small places, unknown places, how things work and especially in the kitchen!! ...

    Nog zo een boek --- de rijke Britse vlucht naar het Franse platteland, vol cursief gedrukte Franse woordjes, om te laten zien dat ze het al kunnen, veel groente, ganzen en truffels en natuurlijk het restaurant op het kleine dorpje in de titel. Veel rescepten voor liefhebbers. ...

    A well-written account of what it's like to live in a small, rural farming community in southwest France, with a particular focus on its one restaurant. Reading this book immerses you into that life, but there's no compelling reason to keep turning the page. ...

    Interesting to learn more about restaurant life in France but think I was too vegetarian to appreciate a lot of the food mentioned! What a wonderful village this sounds like though and very traditional in its way of life. ...

    Not the usual romanticized version of life abroad since the author put in 12 months to research from within. A great time capsule of a quiet corner of France and how a village can survive without becoming Disneyfied. ...

    Good read for learning a little about life as a foreigner in the French countryside and "behind the scenes" restaurant work. Warning--this book will make your mouth water with all the talk about delicious food!!! ...

    Well I wanted this book to be good...but it just wasn't. I was hoping for more of a story about a family living in a small town in France and their life there. Instead it was a lot about the restaurants but not interesting stuff. ...

    I loved this book of a restaurant in a village in the Dordogne. Michael Sanders lived in the village for about a year while he was writing about the restaurant, the people who eat there, the dinners, the kitchen, and the people of the village. ...

    Although it was a pleasurable read, the last chapter "how to eat well" Sanders came off like a snob. I think it may have ruined my reading experience. ...

    suz rec ...

    Loved this book - made you feel as if you were living in this small French village with him - made me yearn for French cooking and to visit this area ...

  • Sharon
    Sep 11, 2012

    This book was so respectful of life in the village where the author lived for year. Having read almost all of Peter Mayle's books, I found this to be a step above. I felt like I understood the life of the village from the inside after reading this book. It wasn't all poking fun at Fren...

    I was wandering by a display in my local library and picked out this book. I have only been to France once - to Paris for 4 days. I admit I have romantic imaginings about the French countryside dancing in my head. So, I thought I'd indulge those fantasies by reading this book. It is no...

    I read every book whose them is "observations of an American transplanted in France." And most are pretty predictable: American discovers just how ultimately satisfying it can be to learn to enjoy life like the French. This is much the same, but done very well. Author, wife, and young ...

    This book tells the story of an American writer who moves to a tiny village in southwest France with his family to write about the changing nature of the French countryside. He spends most of his time in La Recreation, the one restaurant in Les Arles, profiling the owners and their cui...

    Sooo, I enjoyed this, mostly because Michael Sanders writes about food. I have to admit though that I think he is a bit wordy. There were plenty of times throughout the course of this book where I felt he could have written the exact same thing in half the space. Still enjoyable, excep...

    Great book about a family's year in a very small town in southwest France and the town's restaurant. It takes you on a tour of the markets and farms where French food is grown and raised (vegetarians beware the chapter on foie gras), and really gives a sense of what a traditional small...

    Pretty boring, especially compared to all the really great similar stuff out there. ...

    Half way through as of today. A gift from Nancy last year. A good tale of a village with the details that inform. Even if so much is familiar and recognizable to one who lives partly in French villages, there are other sections that are newly informative, especially about the agricultu...

    This is a very well written homage to French village life. Sanders initially arrives to write about 'La Recreation', the new restaurant that has helped breathe life into the new village. Inevitably, Sanders' portrait becomes one of the whole village. While the characters are intere...

    Michael S. Sander's memoir of his year spent in a tiny French village was absolutely charming. Though Sanders started out to write about life in a French restaurant, the book is actually about the villagers themselves. Centered around the city's main business, a restaurant in an old...

  • Suzanne
    Apr 22, 2009

    This book was so respectful of life in the village where the author lived for year. Having read almost all of Peter Mayle's books, I found this to be a step above. I felt like I understood the life of the village from the inside after reading this book. It wasn't all poking fun at Fren...

    I was wandering by a display in my local library and picked out this book. I have only been to France once - to Paris for 4 days. I admit I have romantic imaginings about the French countryside dancing in my head. So, I thought I'd indulge those fantasies by reading this book. It is no...

    I read every book whose them is "observations of an American transplanted in France." And most are pretty predictable: American discovers just how ultimately satisfying it can be to learn to enjoy life like the French. This is much the same, but done very well. Author, wife, and young ...

    This book tells the story of an American writer who moves to a tiny village in southwest France with his family to write about the changing nature of the French countryside. He spends most of his time in La Recreation, the one restaurant in Les Arles, profiling the owners and their cui...

    Sooo, I enjoyed this, mostly because Michael Sanders writes about food. I have to admit though that I think he is a bit wordy. There were plenty of times throughout the course of this book where I felt he could have written the exact same thing in half the space. Still enjoyable, excep...

    Great book about a family's year in a very small town in southwest France and the town's restaurant. It takes you on a tour of the markets and farms where French food is grown and raised (vegetarians beware the chapter on foie gras), and really gives a sense of what a traditional small...

  • Stacy
    Sep 07, 2010

    This book was so respectful of life in the village where the author lived for year. Having read almost all of Peter Mayle's books, I found this to be a step above. I felt like I understood the life of the village from the inside after reading this book. It wasn't all poking fun at Fren...

    I was wandering by a display in my local library and picked out this book. I have only been to France once - to Paris for 4 days. I admit I have romantic imaginings about the French countryside dancing in my head. So, I thought I'd indulge those fantasies by reading this book. It is no...

    I read every book whose them is "observations of an American transplanted in France." And most are pretty predictable: American discovers just how ultimately satisfying it can be to learn to enjoy life like the French. This is much the same, but done very well. Author, wife, and young ...

    This book tells the story of an American writer who moves to a tiny village in southwest France with his family to write about the changing nature of the French countryside. He spends most of his time in La Recreation, the one restaurant in Les Arles, profiling the owners and their cui...

    Sooo, I enjoyed this, mostly because Michael Sanders writes about food. I have to admit though that I think he is a bit wordy. There were plenty of times throughout the course of this book where I felt he could have written the exact same thing in half the space. Still enjoyable, excep...

    Great book about a family's year in a very small town in southwest France and the town's restaurant. It takes you on a tour of the markets and farms where French food is grown and raised (vegetarians beware the chapter on foie gras), and really gives a sense of what a traditional small...

    Pretty boring, especially compared to all the really great similar stuff out there. ...

    Half way through as of today. A gift from Nancy last year. A good tale of a village with the details that inform. Even if so much is familiar and recognizable to one who lives partly in French villages, there are other sections that are newly informative, especially about the agricultu...

    This is a very well written homage to French village life. Sanders initially arrives to write about 'La Recreation', the new restaurant that has helped breathe life into the new village. Inevitably, Sanders' portrait becomes one of the whole village. While the characters are intere...

    Michael S. Sander's memoir of his year spent in a tiny French village was absolutely charming. Though Sanders started out to write about life in a French restaurant, the book is actually about the villagers themselves. Centered around the city's main business, a restaurant in an old...

    Mostly I enjoyed this because I've been to the restaurant that it's about, having spent some time in the area, and I can confirm it is the best restaurant I've ever been to. People should go to the Lot Valley just for La Recreation, seriously. I'm not sure how interesting this would be...

    Living in the Gers Gascony region i was able to compare Gers with Lot and found that the people in my area are very simular.The villages are slowly dieing out and to be a farmer you need alot of land and fingers in many pies.He tells in detail about truffles which i found fasinating an...

    Sanders and his family spend a year in a small village in southwestern France, focusing on the restaurant there, La Récré, and its husband and wife owners. Fascinating details on the people and seasonal rhythms of the village. The big downside is the writing/editing. Along with some ...

    Michael Sanders and his wife moved to a very, very small village in France so he could write a book about a restaurant and the people who ran it. Fun to read about the great food and ways to prepare it. But a glimpse into the lives of the rural French was the best part for me. Now, I'm...

  • Laura
    Mar 06, 2009

    This book was so respectful of life in the village where the author lived for year. Having read almost all of Peter Mayle's books, I found this to be a step above. I felt like I understood the life of the village from the inside after reading this book. It wasn't all poking fun at Fren...

  • Erin
    May 14, 2009

    This book was so respectful of life in the village where the author lived for year. Having read almost all of Peter Mayle's books, I found this to be a step above. I felt like I understood the life of the village from the inside after reading this book. It wasn't all poking fun at Fren...

    I was wandering by a display in my local library and picked out this book. I have only been to France once - to Paris for 4 days. I admit I have romantic imaginings about the French countryside dancing in my head. So, I thought I'd indulge those fantasies by reading this book. It is no...

    I read every book whose them is "observations of an American transplanted in France." And most are pretty predictable: American discovers just how ultimately satisfying it can be to learn to enjoy life like the French. This is much the same, but done very well. Author, wife, and young ...

    This book tells the story of an American writer who moves to a tiny village in southwest France with his family to write about the changing nature of the French countryside. He spends most of his time in La Recreation, the one restaurant in Les Arles, profiling the owners and their cui...

  • Emma
    Mar 20, 2011

    This book was so respectful of life in the village where the author lived for year. Having read almost all of Peter Mayle's books, I found this to be a step above. I felt like I understood the life of the village from the inside after reading this book. It wasn't all poking fun at Fren...

    I was wandering by a display in my local library and picked out this book. I have only been to France once - to Paris for 4 days. I admit I have romantic imaginings about the French countryside dancing in my head. So, I thought I'd indulge those fantasies by reading this book. It is no...

    I read every book whose them is "observations of an American transplanted in France." And most are pretty predictable: American discovers just how ultimately satisfying it can be to learn to enjoy life like the French. This is much the same, but done very well. Author, wife, and young ...

    This book tells the story of an American writer who moves to a tiny village in southwest France with his family to write about the changing nature of the French countryside. He spends most of his time in La Recreation, the one restaurant in Les Arles, profiling the owners and their cui...

    Sooo, I enjoyed this, mostly because Michael Sanders writes about food. I have to admit though that I think he is a bit wordy. There were plenty of times throughout the course of this book where I felt he could have written the exact same thing in half the space. Still enjoyable, excep...

    Great book about a family's year in a very small town in southwest France and the town's restaurant. It takes you on a tour of the markets and farms where French food is grown and raised (vegetarians beware the chapter on foie gras), and really gives a sense of what a traditional small...

    Pretty boring, especially compared to all the really great similar stuff out there. ...

    Half way through as of today. A gift from Nancy last year. A good tale of a village with the details that inform. Even if so much is familiar and recognizable to one who lives partly in French villages, there are other sections that are newly informative, especially about the agricultu...

    This is a very well written homage to French village life. Sanders initially arrives to write about 'La Recreation', the new restaurant that has helped breathe life into the new village. Inevitably, Sanders' portrait becomes one of the whole village. While the characters are intere...

    Michael S. Sander's memoir of his year spent in a tiny French village was absolutely charming. Though Sanders started out to write about life in a French restaurant, the book is actually about the villagers themselves. Centered around the city's main business, a restaurant in an old...

    Mostly I enjoyed this because I've been to the restaurant that it's about, having spent some time in the area, and I can confirm it is the best restaurant I've ever been to. People should go to the Lot Valley just for La Recreation, seriously. I'm not sure how interesting this would be...

    Living in the Gers Gascony region i was able to compare Gers with Lot and found that the people in my area are very simular.The villages are slowly dieing out and to be a farmer you need alot of land and fingers in many pies.He tells in detail about truffles which i found fasinating an...

    Sanders and his family spend a year in a small village in southwestern France, focusing on the restaurant there, La Récré, and its husband and wife owners. Fascinating details on the people and seasonal rhythms of the village. The big downside is the writing/editing. Along with some ...

    Michael Sanders and his wife moved to a very, very small village in France so he could write a book about a restaurant and the people who ran it. Fun to read about the great food and ways to prepare it. But a glimpse into the lives of the rural French was the best part for me. Now, I'm...

    This only whets my desire to live in Europe. A lovely book, very calming. A bit slow to start, but once I got into the rhythm of Sanders' writing, it sped up. He wrote a really nice snapshot of this French village. And, as a foodie, I really enjoyed the loving descriptions of the...

    Don't read this book unless you have some food in front of you. It was a great biography of the year that an American family spent living in a small hilltop french village. They were there to observe the phenomenon of great chefs working in small restaurants in out of the way places....

    I loved reading this book. It is set in a village quite close to where our place in France is. Having read it I was really keen to visit, so managed a wonderful trip for my birthday in 2009. I got to eat the infamous lobster ravioli. The food and ambiance were fantastic. Since then, th...

    Since I've read other French lifestyle books, little was new to me in the topics the author addressed. He doesn't have near the wit and humor Peter Mayle does who has set the bar high in this category. Little dry and boring in parts with some editorial mistakes. Overall, an okay read, ...

    I very much enjoyed this true story of the author moving his wife and young child to a tiny village in the southwest of France. His observations get very detailed and I especially enjoyed his observations about his daughter and her adaptation of French ways. The food list from her scho...

    incredible prose. Michael Sanders knows how to write and if you want to immerse yourself and feel like you are really there , - take this book - take it slow - and wrap yourself up into this story of people, small places, unknown places, how things work and especially in the kitchen!! ...

    Nog zo een boek --- de rijke Britse vlucht naar het Franse platteland, vol cursief gedrukte Franse woordjes, om te laten zien dat ze het al kunnen, veel groente, ganzen en truffels en natuurlijk het restaurant op het kleine dorpje in de titel. Veel rescepten voor liefhebbers. ...

  • John Nebauer
    Mar 04, 2018

    This book was so respectful of life in the village where the author lived for year. Having read almost all of Peter Mayle's books, I found this to be a step above. I felt like I understood the life of the village from the inside after reading this book. It wasn't all poking fun at Fren...

    I was wandering by a display in my local library and picked out this book. I have only been to France once - to Paris for 4 days. I admit I have romantic imaginings about the French countryside dancing in my head. So, I thought I'd indulge those fantasies by reading this book. It is no...

    I read every book whose them is "observations of an American transplanted in France." And most are pretty predictable: American discovers just how ultimately satisfying it can be to learn to enjoy life like the French. This is much the same, but done very well. Author, wife, and young ...

    This book tells the story of an American writer who moves to a tiny village in southwest France with his family to write about the changing nature of the French countryside. He spends most of his time in La Recreation, the one restaurant in Les Arles, profiling the owners and their cui...

    Sooo, I enjoyed this, mostly because Michael Sanders writes about food. I have to admit though that I think he is a bit wordy. There were plenty of times throughout the course of this book where I felt he could have written the exact same thing in half the space. Still enjoyable, excep...

    Great book about a family's year in a very small town in southwest France and the town's restaurant. It takes you on a tour of the markets and farms where French food is grown and raised (vegetarians beware the chapter on foie gras), and really gives a sense of what a traditional small...

    Pretty boring, especially compared to all the really great similar stuff out there. ...

    Half way through as of today. A gift from Nancy last year. A good tale of a village with the details that inform. Even if so much is familiar and recognizable to one who lives partly in French villages, there are other sections that are newly informative, especially about the agricultu...

    This is a very well written homage to French village life. Sanders initially arrives to write about 'La Recreation', the new restaurant that has helped breathe life into the new village. Inevitably, Sanders' portrait becomes one of the whole village. While the characters are intere...

  • Donna
    Jun 20, 2012

    This book was so respectful of life in the village where the author lived for year. Having read almost all of Peter Mayle's books, I found this to be a step above. I felt like I understood the life of the village from the inside after reading this book. It wasn't all poking fun at Fren...

    I was wandering by a display in my local library and picked out this book. I have only been to France once - to Paris for 4 days. I admit I have romantic imaginings about the French countryside dancing in my head. So, I thought I'd indulge those fantasies by reading this book. It is no...

    I read every book whose them is "observations of an American transplanted in France." And most are pretty predictable: American discovers just how ultimately satisfying it can be to learn to enjoy life like the French. This is much the same, but done very well. Author, wife, and young ...

    This book tells the story of an American writer who moves to a tiny village in southwest France with his family to write about the changing nature of the French countryside. He spends most of his time in La Recreation, the one restaurant in Les Arles, profiling the owners and their cui...

    Sooo, I enjoyed this, mostly because Michael Sanders writes about food. I have to admit though that I think he is a bit wordy. There were plenty of times throughout the course of this book where I felt he could have written the exact same thing in half the space. Still enjoyable, excep...

    Great book about a family's year in a very small town in southwest France and the town's restaurant. It takes you on a tour of the markets and farms where French food is grown and raised (vegetarians beware the chapter on foie gras), and really gives a sense of what a traditional small...

    Pretty boring, especially compared to all the really great similar stuff out there. ...

    Half way through as of today. A gift from Nancy last year. A good tale of a village with the details that inform. Even if so much is familiar and recognizable to one who lives partly in French villages, there are other sections that are newly informative, especially about the agricultu...

    This is a very well written homage to French village life. Sanders initially arrives to write about 'La Recreation', the new restaurant that has helped breathe life into the new village. Inevitably, Sanders' portrait becomes one of the whole village. While the characters are intere...

    Michael S. Sander's memoir of his year spent in a tiny French village was absolutely charming. Though Sanders started out to write about life in a French restaurant, the book is actually about the villagers themselves. Centered around the city's main business, a restaurant in an old...

    Mostly I enjoyed this because I've been to the restaurant that it's about, having spent some time in the area, and I can confirm it is the best restaurant I've ever been to. People should go to the Lot Valley just for La Recreation, seriously. I'm not sure how interesting this would be...

    Living in the Gers Gascony region i was able to compare Gers with Lot and found that the people in my area are very simular.The villages are slowly dieing out and to be a farmer you need alot of land and fingers in many pies.He tells in detail about truffles which i found fasinating an...

  • Adrienne
    Mar 08, 2012

    This book was so respectful of life in the village where the author lived for year. Having read almost all of Peter Mayle's books, I found this to be a step above. I felt like I understood the life of the village from the inside after reading this book. It wasn't all poking fun at Fren...

    I was wandering by a display in my local library and picked out this book. I have only been to France once - to Paris for 4 days. I admit I have romantic imaginings about the French countryside dancing in my head. So, I thought I'd indulge those fantasies by reading this book. It is no...

    I read every book whose them is "observations of an American transplanted in France." And most are pretty predictable: American discovers just how ultimately satisfying it can be to learn to enjoy life like the French. This is much the same, but done very well. Author, wife, and young ...

    This book tells the story of an American writer who moves to a tiny village in southwest France with his family to write about the changing nature of the French countryside. He spends most of his time in La Recreation, the one restaurant in Les Arles, profiling the owners and their cui...

    Sooo, I enjoyed this, mostly because Michael Sanders writes about food. I have to admit though that I think he is a bit wordy. There were plenty of times throughout the course of this book where I felt he could have written the exact same thing in half the space. Still enjoyable, excep...

    Great book about a family's year in a very small town in southwest France and the town's restaurant. It takes you on a tour of the markets and farms where French food is grown and raised (vegetarians beware the chapter on foie gras), and really gives a sense of what a traditional small...

    Pretty boring, especially compared to all the really great similar stuff out there. ...

    Half way through as of today. A gift from Nancy last year. A good tale of a village with the details that inform. Even if so much is familiar and recognizable to one who lives partly in French villages, there are other sections that are newly informative, especially about the agricultu...

    This is a very well written homage to French village life. Sanders initially arrives to write about 'La Recreation', the new restaurant that has helped breathe life into the new village. Inevitably, Sanders' portrait becomes one of the whole village. While the characters are intere...

    Michael S. Sander's memoir of his year spent in a tiny French village was absolutely charming. Though Sanders started out to write about life in a French restaurant, the book is actually about the villagers themselves. Centered around the city's main business, a restaurant in an old...

    Mostly I enjoyed this because I've been to the restaurant that it's about, having spent some time in the area, and I can confirm it is the best restaurant I've ever been to. People should go to the Lot Valley just for La Recreation, seriously. I'm not sure how interesting this would be...

    Living in the Gers Gascony region i was able to compare Gers with Lot and found that the people in my area are very simular.The villages are slowly dieing out and to be a farmer you need alot of land and fingers in many pies.He tells in detail about truffles which i found fasinating an...

    Sanders and his family spend a year in a small village in southwestern France, focusing on the restaurant there, La Récré, and its husband and wife owners. Fascinating details on the people and seasonal rhythms of the village. The big downside is the writing/editing. Along with some ...

    Michael Sanders and his wife moved to a very, very small village in France so he could write a book about a restaurant and the people who ran it. Fun to read about the great food and ways to prepare it. But a glimpse into the lives of the rural French was the best part for me. Now, I'm...

    This only whets my desire to live in Europe. A lovely book, very calming. A bit slow to start, but once I got into the rhythm of Sanders' writing, it sped up. He wrote a really nice snapshot of this French village. And, as a foodie, I really enjoyed the loving descriptions of the...

    Don't read this book unless you have some food in front of you. It was a great biography of the year that an American family spent living in a small hilltop french village. They were there to observe the phenomenon of great chefs working in small restaurants in out of the way places....

    I loved reading this book. It is set in a village quite close to where our place in France is. Having read it I was really keen to visit, so managed a wonderful trip for my birthday in 2009. I got to eat the infamous lobster ravioli. The food and ambiance were fantastic. Since then, th...

    Since I've read other French lifestyle books, little was new to me in the topics the author addressed. He doesn't have near the wit and humor Peter Mayle does who has set the bar high in this category. Little dry and boring in parts with some editorial mistakes. Overall, an okay read, ...

    I very much enjoyed this true story of the author moving his wife and young child to a tiny village in the southwest of France. His observations get very detailed and I especially enjoyed his observations about his daughter and her adaptation of French ways. The food list from her scho...

    incredible prose. Michael Sanders knows how to write and if you want to immerse yourself and feel like you are really there , - take this book - take it slow - and wrap yourself up into this story of people, small places, unknown places, how things work and especially in the kitchen!! ...

    Nog zo een boek --- de rijke Britse vlucht naar het Franse platteland, vol cursief gedrukte Franse woordjes, om te laten zien dat ze het al kunnen, veel groente, ganzen en truffels en natuurlijk het restaurant op het kleine dorpje in de titel. Veel rescepten voor liefhebbers. ...

    A well-written account of what it's like to live in a small, rural farming community in southwest France, with a particular focus on its one restaurant. Reading this book immerses you into that life, but there's no compelling reason to keep turning the page. ...

    Interesting to learn more about restaurant life in France but think I was too vegetarian to appreciate a lot of the food mentioned! What a wonderful village this sounds like though and very traditional in its way of life. ...

    Not the usual romanticized version of life abroad since the author put in 12 months to research from within. A great time capsule of a quiet corner of France and how a village can survive without becoming Disneyfied. ...

    Good read for learning a little about life as a foreigner in the French countryside and "behind the scenes" restaurant work. Warning--this book will make your mouth water with all the talk about delicious food!!! ...

    Well I wanted this book to be good...but it just wasn't. I was hoping for more of a story about a family living in a small town in France and their life there. Instead it was a lot about the restaurants but not interesting stuff. ...

    I loved this book of a restaurant in a village in the Dordogne. Michael Sanders lived in the village for about a year while he was writing about the restaurant, the people who eat there, the dinners, the kitchen, and the people of the village. ...

  • Marti Graham
    Aug 08, 2014

    This book was so respectful of life in the village where the author lived for year. Having read almost all of Peter Mayle's books, I found this to be a step above. I felt like I understood the life of the village from the inside after reading this book. It wasn't all poking fun at Fren...

    I was wandering by a display in my local library and picked out this book. I have only been to France once - to Paris for 4 days. I admit I have romantic imaginings about the French countryside dancing in my head. So, I thought I'd indulge those fantasies by reading this book. It is no...

    I read every book whose them is "observations of an American transplanted in France." And most are pretty predictable: American discovers just how ultimately satisfying it can be to learn to enjoy life like the French. This is much the same, but done very well. Author, wife, and young ...

    This book tells the story of an American writer who moves to a tiny village in southwest France with his family to write about the changing nature of the French countryside. He spends most of his time in La Recreation, the one restaurant in Les Arles, profiling the owners and their cui...

    Sooo, I enjoyed this, mostly because Michael Sanders writes about food. I have to admit though that I think he is a bit wordy. There were plenty of times throughout the course of this book where I felt he could have written the exact same thing in half the space. Still enjoyable, excep...

    Great book about a family's year in a very small town in southwest France and the town's restaurant. It takes you on a tour of the markets and farms where French food is grown and raised (vegetarians beware the chapter on foie gras), and really gives a sense of what a traditional small...

    Pretty boring, especially compared to all the really great similar stuff out there. ...

    Half way through as of today. A gift from Nancy last year. A good tale of a village with the details that inform. Even if so much is familiar and recognizable to one who lives partly in French villages, there are other sections that are newly informative, especially about the agricultu...

    This is a very well written homage to French village life. Sanders initially arrives to write about 'La Recreation', the new restaurant that has helped breathe life into the new village. Inevitably, Sanders' portrait becomes one of the whole village. While the characters are intere...

    Michael S. Sander's memoir of his year spent in a tiny French village was absolutely charming. Though Sanders started out to write about life in a French restaurant, the book is actually about the villagers themselves. Centered around the city's main business, a restaurant in an old...

    Mostly I enjoyed this because I've been to the restaurant that it's about, having spent some time in the area, and I can confirm it is the best restaurant I've ever been to. People should go to the Lot Valley just for La Recreation, seriously. I'm not sure how interesting this would be...

    Living in the Gers Gascony region i was able to compare Gers with Lot and found that the people in my area are very simular.The villages are slowly dieing out and to be a farmer you need alot of land and fingers in many pies.He tells in detail about truffles which i found fasinating an...

    Sanders and his family spend a year in a small village in southwestern France, focusing on the restaurant there, La Récré, and its husband and wife owners. Fascinating details on the people and seasonal rhythms of the village. The big downside is the writing/editing. Along with some ...

    Michael Sanders and his wife moved to a very, very small village in France so he could write a book about a restaurant and the people who ran it. Fun to read about the great food and ways to prepare it. But a glimpse into the lives of the rural French was the best part for me. Now, I'm...

    This only whets my desire to live in Europe. A lovely book, very calming. A bit slow to start, but once I got into the rhythm of Sanders' writing, it sped up. He wrote a really nice snapshot of this French village. And, as a foodie, I really enjoyed the loving descriptions of the...

    Don't read this book unless you have some food in front of you. It was a great biography of the year that an American family spent living in a small hilltop french village. They were there to observe the phenomenon of great chefs working in small restaurants in out of the way places....

    I loved reading this book. It is set in a village quite close to where our place in France is. Having read it I was really keen to visit, so managed a wonderful trip for my birthday in 2009. I got to eat the infamous lobster ravioli. The food and ambiance were fantastic. Since then, th...

    Since I've read other French lifestyle books, little was new to me in the topics the author addressed. He doesn't have near the wit and humor Peter Mayle does who has set the bar high in this category. Little dry and boring in parts with some editorial mistakes. Overall, an okay read, ...

    I very much enjoyed this true story of the author moving his wife and young child to a tiny village in the southwest of France. His observations get very detailed and I especially enjoyed his observations about his daughter and her adaptation of French ways. The food list from her scho...

    incredible prose. Michael Sanders knows how to write and if you want to immerse yourself and feel like you are really there , - take this book - take it slow - and wrap yourself up into this story of people, small places, unknown places, how things work and especially in the kitchen!! ...

  • Rachel Jacobs
    Nov 09, 2015

    This book was so respectful of life in the village where the author lived for year. Having read almost all of Peter Mayle's books, I found this to be a step above. I felt like I understood the life of the village from the inside after reading this book. It wasn't all poking fun at Fren...

    I was wandering by a display in my local library and picked out this book. I have only been to France once - to Paris for 4 days. I admit I have romantic imaginings about the French countryside dancing in my head. So, I thought I'd indulge those fantasies by reading this book. It is no...

    I read every book whose them is "observations of an American transplanted in France." And most are pretty predictable: American discovers just how ultimately satisfying it can be to learn to enjoy life like the French. This is much the same, but done very well. Author, wife, and young ...

    This book tells the story of an American writer who moves to a tiny village in southwest France with his family to write about the changing nature of the French countryside. He spends most of his time in La Recreation, the one restaurant in Les Arles, profiling the owners and their cui...

    Sooo, I enjoyed this, mostly because Michael Sanders writes about food. I have to admit though that I think he is a bit wordy. There were plenty of times throughout the course of this book where I felt he could have written the exact same thing in half the space. Still enjoyable, excep...

    Great book about a family's year in a very small town in southwest France and the town's restaurant. It takes you on a tour of the markets and farms where French food is grown and raised (vegetarians beware the chapter on foie gras), and really gives a sense of what a traditional small...

    Pretty boring, especially compared to all the really great similar stuff out there. ...

    Half way through as of today. A gift from Nancy last year. A good tale of a village with the details that inform. Even if so much is familiar and recognizable to one who lives partly in French villages, there are other sections that are newly informative, especially about the agricultu...

    This is a very well written homage to French village life. Sanders initially arrives to write about 'La Recreation', the new restaurant that has helped breathe life into the new village. Inevitably, Sanders' portrait becomes one of the whole village. While the characters are intere...

    Michael S. Sander's memoir of his year spent in a tiny French village was absolutely charming. Though Sanders started out to write about life in a French restaurant, the book is actually about the villagers themselves. Centered around the city's main business, a restaurant in an old...

    Mostly I enjoyed this because I've been to the restaurant that it's about, having spent some time in the area, and I can confirm it is the best restaurant I've ever been to. People should go to the Lot Valley just for La Recreation, seriously. I'm not sure how interesting this would be...

    Living in the Gers Gascony region i was able to compare Gers with Lot and found that the people in my area are very simular.The villages are slowly dieing out and to be a farmer you need alot of land and fingers in many pies.He tells in detail about truffles which i found fasinating an...

    Sanders and his family spend a year in a small village in southwestern France, focusing on the restaurant there, La Récré, and its husband and wife owners. Fascinating details on the people and seasonal rhythms of the village. The big downside is the writing/editing. Along with some ...

    Michael Sanders and his wife moved to a very, very small village in France so he could write a book about a restaurant and the people who ran it. Fun to read about the great food and ways to prepare it. But a glimpse into the lives of the rural French was the best part for me. Now, I'm...

    This only whets my desire to live in Europe. A lovely book, very calming. A bit slow to start, but once I got into the rhythm of Sanders' writing, it sped up. He wrote a really nice snapshot of this French village. And, as a foodie, I really enjoyed the loving descriptions of the...

    Don't read this book unless you have some food in front of you. It was a great biography of the year that an American family spent living in a small hilltop french village. They were there to observe the phenomenon of great chefs working in small restaurants in out of the way places....

    I loved reading this book. It is set in a village quite close to where our place in France is. Having read it I was really keen to visit, so managed a wonderful trip for my birthday in 2009. I got to eat the infamous lobster ravioli. The food and ambiance were fantastic. Since then, th...

    Since I've read other French lifestyle books, little was new to me in the topics the author addressed. He doesn't have near the wit and humor Peter Mayle does who has set the bar high in this category. Little dry and boring in parts with some editorial mistakes. Overall, an okay read, ...

    I very much enjoyed this true story of the author moving his wife and young child to a tiny village in the southwest of France. His observations get very detailed and I especially enjoyed his observations about his daughter and her adaptation of French ways. The food list from her scho...

    incredible prose. Michael Sanders knows how to write and if you want to immerse yourself and feel like you are really there , - take this book - take it slow - and wrap yourself up into this story of people, small places, unknown places, how things work and especially in the kitchen!! ...

    Nog zo een boek --- de rijke Britse vlucht naar het Franse platteland, vol cursief gedrukte Franse woordjes, om te laten zien dat ze het al kunnen, veel groente, ganzen en truffels en natuurlijk het restaurant op het kleine dorpje in de titel. Veel rescepten voor liefhebbers. ...

    A well-written account of what it's like to live in a small, rural farming community in southwest France, with a particular focus on its one restaurant. Reading this book immerses you into that life, but there's no compelling reason to keep turning the page. ...

    Interesting to learn more about restaurant life in France but think I was too vegetarian to appreciate a lot of the food mentioned! What a wonderful village this sounds like though and very traditional in its way of life. ...

    Not the usual romanticized version of life abroad since the author put in 12 months to research from within. A great time capsule of a quiet corner of France and how a village can survive without becoming Disneyfied. ...

    Good read for learning a little about life as a foreigner in the French countryside and "behind the scenes" restaurant work. Warning--this book will make your mouth water with all the talk about delicious food!!! ...

    Well I wanted this book to be good...but it just wasn't. I was hoping for more of a story about a family living in a small town in France and their life there. Instead it was a lot about the restaurants but not interesting stuff. ...

  • Lauretta
    Feb 24, 2013

    This book was so respectful of life in the village where the author lived for year. Having read almost all of Peter Mayle's books, I found this to be a step above. I felt like I understood the life of the village from the inside after reading this book. It wasn't all poking fun at Fren...

    I was wandering by a display in my local library and picked out this book. I have only been to France once - to Paris for 4 days. I admit I have romantic imaginings about the French countryside dancing in my head. So, I thought I'd indulge those fantasies by reading this book. It is no...

    I read every book whose them is "observations of an American transplanted in France." And most are pretty predictable: American discovers just how ultimately satisfying it can be to learn to enjoy life like the French. This is much the same, but done very well. Author, wife, and young ...

    This book tells the story of an American writer who moves to a tiny village in southwest France with his family to write about the changing nature of the French countryside. He spends most of his time in La Recreation, the one restaurant in Les Arles, profiling the owners and their cui...

    Sooo, I enjoyed this, mostly because Michael Sanders writes about food. I have to admit though that I think he is a bit wordy. There were plenty of times throughout the course of this book where I felt he could have written the exact same thing in half the space. Still enjoyable, excep...

    Great book about a family's year in a very small town in southwest France and the town's restaurant. It takes you on a tour of the markets and farms where French food is grown and raised (vegetarians beware the chapter on foie gras), and really gives a sense of what a traditional small...

    Pretty boring, especially compared to all the really great similar stuff out there. ...

    Half way through as of today. A gift from Nancy last year. A good tale of a village with the details that inform. Even if so much is familiar and recognizable to one who lives partly in French villages, there are other sections that are newly informative, especially about the agricultu...

    This is a very well written homage to French village life. Sanders initially arrives to write about 'La Recreation', the new restaurant that has helped breathe life into the new village. Inevitably, Sanders' portrait becomes one of the whole village. While the characters are intere...

    Michael S. Sander's memoir of his year spent in a tiny French village was absolutely charming. Though Sanders started out to write about life in a French restaurant, the book is actually about the villagers themselves. Centered around the city's main business, a restaurant in an old...

    Mostly I enjoyed this because I've been to the restaurant that it's about, having spent some time in the area, and I can confirm it is the best restaurant I've ever been to. People should go to the Lot Valley just for La Recreation, seriously. I'm not sure how interesting this would be...

    Living in the Gers Gascony region i was able to compare Gers with Lot and found that the people in my area are very simular.The villages are slowly dieing out and to be a farmer you need alot of land and fingers in many pies.He tells in detail about truffles which i found fasinating an...

    Sanders and his family spend a year in a small village in southwestern France, focusing on the restaurant there, La Récré, and its husband and wife owners. Fascinating details on the people and seasonal rhythms of the village. The big downside is the writing/editing. Along with some ...

    Michael Sanders and his wife moved to a very, very small village in France so he could write a book about a restaurant and the people who ran it. Fun to read about the great food and ways to prepare it. But a glimpse into the lives of the rural French was the best part for me. Now, I'm...

    This only whets my desire to live in Europe. A lovely book, very calming. A bit slow to start, but once I got into the rhythm of Sanders' writing, it sped up. He wrote a really nice snapshot of this French village. And, as a foodie, I really enjoyed the loving descriptions of the...

    Don't read this book unless you have some food in front of you. It was a great biography of the year that an American family spent living in a small hilltop french village. They were there to observe the phenomenon of great chefs working in small restaurants in out of the way places....

    I loved reading this book. It is set in a village quite close to where our place in France is. Having read it I was really keen to visit, so managed a wonderful trip for my birthday in 2009. I got to eat the infamous lobster ravioli. The food and ambiance were fantastic. Since then, th...

    Since I've read other French lifestyle books, little was new to me in the topics the author addressed. He doesn't have near the wit and humor Peter Mayle does who has set the bar high in this category. Little dry and boring in parts with some editorial mistakes. Overall, an okay read, ...

    I very much enjoyed this true story of the author moving his wife and young child to a tiny village in the southwest of France. His observations get very detailed and I especially enjoyed his observations about his daughter and her adaptation of French ways. The food list from her scho...

    incredible prose. Michael Sanders knows how to write and if you want to immerse yourself and feel like you are really there , - take this book - take it slow - and wrap yourself up into this story of people, small places, unknown places, how things work and especially in the kitchen!! ...

    Nog zo een boek --- de rijke Britse vlucht naar het Franse platteland, vol cursief gedrukte Franse woordjes, om te laten zien dat ze het al kunnen, veel groente, ganzen en truffels en natuurlijk het restaurant op het kleine dorpje in de titel. Veel rescepten voor liefhebbers. ...

    A well-written account of what it's like to live in a small, rural farming community in southwest France, with a particular focus on its one restaurant. Reading this book immerses you into that life, but there's no compelling reason to keep turning the page. ...

    Interesting to learn more about restaurant life in France but think I was too vegetarian to appreciate a lot of the food mentioned! What a wonderful village this sounds like though and very traditional in its way of life. ...

    Not the usual romanticized version of life abroad since the author put in 12 months to research from within. A great time capsule of a quiet corner of France and how a village can survive without becoming Disneyfied. ...

    Good read for learning a little about life as a foreigner in the French countryside and "behind the scenes" restaurant work. Warning--this book will make your mouth water with all the talk about delicious food!!! ...

    Well I wanted this book to be good...but it just wasn't. I was hoping for more of a story about a family living in a small town in France and their life there. Instead it was a lot about the restaurants but not interesting stuff. ...

    I loved this book of a restaurant in a village in the Dordogne. Michael Sanders lived in the village for about a year while he was writing about the restaurant, the people who eat there, the dinners, the kitchen, and the people of the village. ...

    Although it was a pleasurable read, the last chapter "how to eat well" Sanders came off like a snob. I think it may have ruined my reading experience. ...

    suz rec ...

  • Melanie
    Aug 15, 2016

    This book was so respectful of life in the village where the author lived for year. Having read almost all of Peter Mayle's books, I found this to be a step above. I felt like I understood the life of the village from the inside after reading this book. It wasn't all poking fun at Fren...

    I was wandering by a display in my local library and picked out this book. I have only been to France once - to Paris for 4 days. I admit I have romantic imaginings about the French countryside dancing in my head. So, I thought I'd indulge those fantasies by reading this book. It is no...

    I read every book whose them is "observations of an American transplanted in France." And most are pretty predictable: American discovers just how ultimately satisfying it can be to learn to enjoy life like the French. This is much the same, but done very well. Author, wife, and young ...

    This book tells the story of an American writer who moves to a tiny village in southwest France with his family to write about the changing nature of the French countryside. He spends most of his time in La Recreation, the one restaurant in Les Arles, profiling the owners and their cui...

    Sooo, I enjoyed this, mostly because Michael Sanders writes about food. I have to admit though that I think he is a bit wordy. There were plenty of times throughout the course of this book where I felt he could have written the exact same thing in half the space. Still enjoyable, excep...

    Great book about a family's year in a very small town in southwest France and the town's restaurant. It takes you on a tour of the markets and farms where French food is grown and raised (vegetarians beware the chapter on foie gras), and really gives a sense of what a traditional small...

    Pretty boring, especially compared to all the really great similar stuff out there. ...

    Half way through as of today. A gift from Nancy last year. A good tale of a village with the details that inform. Even if so much is familiar and recognizable to one who lives partly in French villages, there are other sections that are newly informative, especially about the agricultu...

    This is a very well written homage to French village life. Sanders initially arrives to write about 'La Recreation', the new restaurant that has helped breathe life into the new village. Inevitably, Sanders' portrait becomes one of the whole village. While the characters are intere...

    Michael S. Sander's memoir of his year spent in a tiny French village was absolutely charming. Though Sanders started out to write about life in a French restaurant, the book is actually about the villagers themselves. Centered around the city's main business, a restaurant in an old...

    Mostly I enjoyed this because I've been to the restaurant that it's about, having spent some time in the area, and I can confirm it is the best restaurant I've ever been to. People should go to the Lot Valley just for La Recreation, seriously. I'm not sure how interesting this would be...

    Living in the Gers Gascony region i was able to compare Gers with Lot and found that the people in my area are very simular.The villages are slowly dieing out and to be a farmer you need alot of land and fingers in many pies.He tells in detail about truffles which i found fasinating an...

    Sanders and his family spend a year in a small village in southwestern France, focusing on the restaurant there, La Récré, and its husband and wife owners. Fascinating details on the people and seasonal rhythms of the village. The big downside is the writing/editing. Along with some ...

    Michael Sanders and his wife moved to a very, very small village in France so he could write a book about a restaurant and the people who ran it. Fun to read about the great food and ways to prepare it. But a glimpse into the lives of the rural French was the best part for me. Now, I'm...

    This only whets my desire to live in Europe. A lovely book, very calming. A bit slow to start, but once I got into the rhythm of Sanders' writing, it sped up. He wrote a really nice snapshot of this French village. And, as a foodie, I really enjoyed the loving descriptions of the...

    Don't read this book unless you have some food in front of you. It was a great biography of the year that an American family spent living in a small hilltop french village. They were there to observe the phenomenon of great chefs working in small restaurants in out of the way places....

    I loved reading this book. It is set in a village quite close to where our place in France is. Having read it I was really keen to visit, so managed a wonderful trip for my birthday in 2009. I got to eat the infamous lobster ravioli. The food and ambiance were fantastic. Since then, th...

    Since I've read other French lifestyle books, little was new to me in the topics the author addressed. He doesn't have near the wit and humor Peter Mayle does who has set the bar high in this category. Little dry and boring in parts with some editorial mistakes. Overall, an okay read, ...

    I very much enjoyed this true story of the author moving his wife and young child to a tiny village in the southwest of France. His observations get very detailed and I especially enjoyed his observations about his daughter and her adaptation of French ways. The food list from her scho...

    incredible prose. Michael Sanders knows how to write and if you want to immerse yourself and feel like you are really there , - take this book - take it slow - and wrap yourself up into this story of people, small places, unknown places, how things work and especially in the kitchen!! ...

    Nog zo een boek --- de rijke Britse vlucht naar het Franse platteland, vol cursief gedrukte Franse woordjes, om te laten zien dat ze het al kunnen, veel groente, ganzen en truffels en natuurlijk het restaurant op het kleine dorpje in de titel. Veel rescepten voor liefhebbers. ...

    A well-written account of what it's like to live in a small, rural farming community in southwest France, with a particular focus on its one restaurant. Reading this book immerses you into that life, but there's no compelling reason to keep turning the page. ...

    Interesting to learn more about restaurant life in France but think I was too vegetarian to appreciate a lot of the food mentioned! What a wonderful village this sounds like though and very traditional in its way of life. ...

  • Mike
    Nov 21, 2015

    This book was so respectful of life in the village where the author lived for year. Having read almost all of Peter Mayle's books, I found this to be a step above. I felt like I understood the life of the village from the inside after reading this book. It wasn't all poking fun at Fren...

    I was wandering by a display in my local library and picked out this book. I have only been to France once - to Paris for 4 days. I admit I have romantic imaginings about the French countryside dancing in my head. So, I thought I'd indulge those fantasies by reading this book. It is no...

    I read every book whose them is "observations of an American transplanted in France." And most are pretty predictable: American discovers just how ultimately satisfying it can be to learn to enjoy life like the French. This is much the same, but done very well. Author, wife, and young ...

    This book tells the story of an American writer who moves to a tiny village in southwest France with his family to write about the changing nature of the French countryside. He spends most of his time in La Recreation, the one restaurant in Les Arles, profiling the owners and their cui...

    Sooo, I enjoyed this, mostly because Michael Sanders writes about food. I have to admit though that I think he is a bit wordy. There were plenty of times throughout the course of this book where I felt he could have written the exact same thing in half the space. Still enjoyable, excep...

    Great book about a family's year in a very small town in southwest France and the town's restaurant. It takes you on a tour of the markets and farms where French food is grown and raised (vegetarians beware the chapter on foie gras), and really gives a sense of what a traditional small...

    Pretty boring, especially compared to all the really great similar stuff out there. ...

    Half way through as of today. A gift from Nancy last year. A good tale of a village with the details that inform. Even if so much is familiar and recognizable to one who lives partly in French villages, there are other sections that are newly informative, especially about the agricultu...

    This is a very well written homage to French village life. Sanders initially arrives to write about 'La Recreation', the new restaurant that has helped breathe life into the new village. Inevitably, Sanders' portrait becomes one of the whole village. While the characters are intere...

    Michael S. Sander's memoir of his year spent in a tiny French village was absolutely charming. Though Sanders started out to write about life in a French restaurant, the book is actually about the villagers themselves. Centered around the city's main business, a restaurant in an old...

    Mostly I enjoyed this because I've been to the restaurant that it's about, having spent some time in the area, and I can confirm it is the best restaurant I've ever been to. People should go to the Lot Valley just for La Recreation, seriously. I'm not sure how interesting this would be...

    Living in the Gers Gascony region i was able to compare Gers with Lot and found that the people in my area are very simular.The villages are slowly dieing out and to be a farmer you need alot of land and fingers in many pies.He tells in detail about truffles which i found fasinating an...

    Sanders and his family spend a year in a small village in southwestern France, focusing on the restaurant there, La Récré, and its husband and wife owners. Fascinating details on the people and seasonal rhythms of the village. The big downside is the writing/editing. Along with some ...

    Michael Sanders and his wife moved to a very, very small village in France so he could write a book about a restaurant and the people who ran it. Fun to read about the great food and ways to prepare it. But a glimpse into the lives of the rural French was the best part for me. Now, I'm...

    This only whets my desire to live in Europe. A lovely book, very calming. A bit slow to start, but once I got into the rhythm of Sanders' writing, it sped up. He wrote a really nice snapshot of this French village. And, as a foodie, I really enjoyed the loving descriptions of the...

    Don't read this book unless you have some food in front of you. It was a great biography of the year that an American family spent living in a small hilltop french village. They were there to observe the phenomenon of great chefs working in small restaurants in out of the way places....

    I loved reading this book. It is set in a village quite close to where our place in France is. Having read it I was really keen to visit, so managed a wonderful trip for my birthday in 2009. I got to eat the infamous lobster ravioli. The food and ambiance were fantastic. Since then, th...

  • Rebecca
    May 21, 2014

    This book was so respectful of life in the village where the author lived for year. Having read almost all of Peter Mayle's books, I found this to be a step above. I felt like I understood the life of the village from the inside after reading this book. It wasn't all poking fun at Fren...

    I was wandering by a display in my local library and picked out this book. I have only been to France once - to Paris for 4 days. I admit I have romantic imaginings about the French countryside dancing in my head. So, I thought I'd indulge those fantasies by reading this book. It is no...

    I read every book whose them is "observations of an American transplanted in France." And most are pretty predictable: American discovers just how ultimately satisfying it can be to learn to enjoy life like the French. This is much the same, but done very well. Author, wife, and young ...

    This book tells the story of an American writer who moves to a tiny village in southwest France with his family to write about the changing nature of the French countryside. He spends most of his time in La Recreation, the one restaurant in Les Arles, profiling the owners and their cui...

    Sooo, I enjoyed this, mostly because Michael Sanders writes about food. I have to admit though that I think he is a bit wordy. There were plenty of times throughout the course of this book where I felt he could have written the exact same thing in half the space. Still enjoyable, excep...

    Great book about a family's year in a very small town in southwest France and the town's restaurant. It takes you on a tour of the markets and farms where French food is grown and raised (vegetarians beware the chapter on foie gras), and really gives a sense of what a traditional small...

    Pretty boring, especially compared to all the really great similar stuff out there. ...

    Half way through as of today. A gift from Nancy last year. A good tale of a village with the details that inform. Even if so much is familiar and recognizable to one who lives partly in French villages, there are other sections that are newly informative, especially about the agricultu...

    This is a very well written homage to French village life. Sanders initially arrives to write about 'La Recreation', the new restaurant that has helped breathe life into the new village. Inevitably, Sanders' portrait becomes one of the whole village. While the characters are intere...

    Michael S. Sander's memoir of his year spent in a tiny French village was absolutely charming. Though Sanders started out to write about life in a French restaurant, the book is actually about the villagers themselves. Centered around the city's main business, a restaurant in an old...

    Mostly I enjoyed this because I've been to the restaurant that it's about, having spent some time in the area, and I can confirm it is the best restaurant I've ever been to. People should go to the Lot Valley just for La Recreation, seriously. I'm not sure how interesting this would be...

    Living in the Gers Gascony region i was able to compare Gers with Lot and found that the people in my area are very simular.The villages are slowly dieing out and to be a farmer you need alot of land and fingers in many pies.He tells in detail about truffles which i found fasinating an...

    Sanders and his family spend a year in a small village in southwestern France, focusing on the restaurant there, La Récré, and its husband and wife owners. Fascinating details on the people and seasonal rhythms of the village. The big downside is the writing/editing. Along with some ...

    Michael Sanders and his wife moved to a very, very small village in France so he could write a book about a restaurant and the people who ran it. Fun to read about the great food and ways to prepare it. But a glimpse into the lives of the rural French was the best part for me. Now, I'm...

    This only whets my desire to live in Europe. A lovely book, very calming. A bit slow to start, but once I got into the rhythm of Sanders' writing, it sped up. He wrote a really nice snapshot of this French village. And, as a foodie, I really enjoyed the loving descriptions of the...

    Don't read this book unless you have some food in front of you. It was a great biography of the year that an American family spent living in a small hilltop french village. They were there to observe the phenomenon of great chefs working in small restaurants in out of the way places....

    I loved reading this book. It is set in a village quite close to where our place in France is. Having read it I was really keen to visit, so managed a wonderful trip for my birthday in 2009. I got to eat the infamous lobster ravioli. The food and ambiance were fantastic. Since then, th...

    Since I've read other French lifestyle books, little was new to me in the topics the author addressed. He doesn't have near the wit and humor Peter Mayle does who has set the bar high in this category. Little dry and boring in parts with some editorial mistakes. Overall, an okay read, ...

    I very much enjoyed this true story of the author moving his wife and young child to a tiny village in the southwest of France. His observations get very detailed and I especially enjoyed his observations about his daughter and her adaptation of French ways. The food list from her scho...

    incredible prose. Michael Sanders knows how to write and if you want to immerse yourself and feel like you are really there , - take this book - take it slow - and wrap yourself up into this story of people, small places, unknown places, how things work and especially in the kitchen!! ...

    Nog zo een boek --- de rijke Britse vlucht naar het Franse platteland, vol cursief gedrukte Franse woordjes, om te laten zien dat ze het al kunnen, veel groente, ganzen en truffels en natuurlijk het restaurant op het kleine dorpje in de titel. Veel rescepten voor liefhebbers. ...

    A well-written account of what it's like to live in a small, rural farming community in southwest France, with a particular focus on its one restaurant. Reading this book immerses you into that life, but there's no compelling reason to keep turning the page. ...

    Interesting to learn more about restaurant life in France but think I was too vegetarian to appreciate a lot of the food mentioned! What a wonderful village this sounds like though and very traditional in its way of life. ...

    Not the usual romanticized version of life abroad since the author put in 12 months to research from within. A great time capsule of a quiet corner of France and how a village can survive without becoming Disneyfied. ...

  • Joe
    Aug 09, 2013

    This book was so respectful of life in the village where the author lived for year. Having read almost all of Peter Mayle's books, I found this to be a step above. I felt like I understood the life of the village from the inside after reading this book. It wasn't all poking fun at Fren...

    I was wandering by a display in my local library and picked out this book. I have only been to France once - to Paris for 4 days. I admit I have romantic imaginings about the French countryside dancing in my head. So, I thought I'd indulge those fantasies by reading this book. It is no...

    I read every book whose them is "observations of an American transplanted in France." And most are pretty predictable: American discovers just how ultimately satisfying it can be to learn to enjoy life like the French. This is much the same, but done very well. Author, wife, and young ...

    This book tells the story of an American writer who moves to a tiny village in southwest France with his family to write about the changing nature of the French countryside. He spends most of his time in La Recreation, the one restaurant in Les Arles, profiling the owners and their cui...

    Sooo, I enjoyed this, mostly because Michael Sanders writes about food. I have to admit though that I think he is a bit wordy. There were plenty of times throughout the course of this book where I felt he could have written the exact same thing in half the space. Still enjoyable, excep...

    Great book about a family's year in a very small town in southwest France and the town's restaurant. It takes you on a tour of the markets and farms where French food is grown and raised (vegetarians beware the chapter on foie gras), and really gives a sense of what a traditional small...

    Pretty boring, especially compared to all the really great similar stuff out there. ...

    Half way through as of today. A gift from Nancy last year. A good tale of a village with the details that inform. Even if so much is familiar and recognizable to one who lives partly in French villages, there are other sections that are newly informative, especially about the agricultu...

    This is a very well written homage to French village life. Sanders initially arrives to write about 'La Recreation', the new restaurant that has helped breathe life into the new village. Inevitably, Sanders' portrait becomes one of the whole village. While the characters are intere...

    Michael S. Sander's memoir of his year spent in a tiny French village was absolutely charming. Though Sanders started out to write about life in a French restaurant, the book is actually about the villagers themselves. Centered around the city's main business, a restaurant in an old...

    Mostly I enjoyed this because I've been to the restaurant that it's about, having spent some time in the area, and I can confirm it is the best restaurant I've ever been to. People should go to the Lot Valley just for La Recreation, seriously. I'm not sure how interesting this would be...

    Living in the Gers Gascony region i was able to compare Gers with Lot and found that the people in my area are very simular.The villages are slowly dieing out and to be a farmer you need alot of land and fingers in many pies.He tells in detail about truffles which i found fasinating an...

    Sanders and his family spend a year in a small village in southwestern France, focusing on the restaurant there, La Récré, and its husband and wife owners. Fascinating details on the people and seasonal rhythms of the village. The big downside is the writing/editing. Along with some ...

    Michael Sanders and his wife moved to a very, very small village in France so he could write a book about a restaurant and the people who ran it. Fun to read about the great food and ways to prepare it. But a glimpse into the lives of the rural French was the best part for me. Now, I'm...

    This only whets my desire to live in Europe. A lovely book, very calming. A bit slow to start, but once I got into the rhythm of Sanders' writing, it sped up. He wrote a really nice snapshot of this French village. And, as a foodie, I really enjoyed the loving descriptions of the...

    Don't read this book unless you have some food in front of you. It was a great biography of the year that an American family spent living in a small hilltop french village. They were there to observe the phenomenon of great chefs working in small restaurants in out of the way places....

    I loved reading this book. It is set in a village quite close to where our place in France is. Having read it I was really keen to visit, so managed a wonderful trip for my birthday in 2009. I got to eat the infamous lobster ravioli. The food and ambiance were fantastic. Since then, th...

    Since I've read other French lifestyle books, little was new to me in the topics the author addressed. He doesn't have near the wit and humor Peter Mayle does who has set the bar high in this category. Little dry and boring in parts with some editorial mistakes. Overall, an okay read, ...

    I very much enjoyed this true story of the author moving his wife and young child to a tiny village in the southwest of France. His observations get very detailed and I especially enjoyed his observations about his daughter and her adaptation of French ways. The food list from her scho...

    incredible prose. Michael Sanders knows how to write and if you want to immerse yourself and feel like you are really there , - take this book - take it slow - and wrap yourself up into this story of people, small places, unknown places, how things work and especially in the kitchen!! ...

    Nog zo een boek --- de rijke Britse vlucht naar het Franse platteland, vol cursief gedrukte Franse woordjes, om te laten zien dat ze het al kunnen, veel groente, ganzen en truffels en natuurlijk het restaurant op het kleine dorpje in de titel. Veel rescepten voor liefhebbers. ...

    A well-written account of what it's like to live in a small, rural farming community in southwest France, with a particular focus on its one restaurant. Reading this book immerses you into that life, but there's no compelling reason to keep turning the page. ...

    Interesting to learn more about restaurant life in France but think I was too vegetarian to appreciate a lot of the food mentioned! What a wonderful village this sounds like though and very traditional in its way of life. ...

    Not the usual romanticized version of life abroad since the author put in 12 months to research from within. A great time capsule of a quiet corner of France and how a village can survive without becoming Disneyfied. ...

    Good read for learning a little about life as a foreigner in the French countryside and "behind the scenes" restaurant work. Warning--this book will make your mouth water with all the talk about delicious food!!! ...

    Well I wanted this book to be good...but it just wasn't. I was hoping for more of a story about a family living in a small town in France and their life there. Instead it was a lot about the restaurants but not interesting stuff. ...

    I loved this book of a restaurant in a village in the Dordogne. Michael Sanders lived in the village for about a year while he was writing about the restaurant, the people who eat there, the dinners, the kitchen, and the people of the village. ...

    Although it was a pleasurable read, the last chapter "how to eat well" Sanders came off like a snob. I think it may have ruined my reading experience. ...

  • Nancy
    Jan 16, 2016

    This book was so respectful of life in the village where the author lived for year. Having read almost all of Peter Mayle's books, I found this to be a step above. I felt like I understood the life of the village from the inside after reading this book. It wasn't all poking fun at Fren...

    I was wandering by a display in my local library and picked out this book. I have only been to France once - to Paris for 4 days. I admit I have romantic imaginings about the French countryside dancing in my head. So, I thought I'd indulge those fantasies by reading this book. It is no...

    I read every book whose them is "observations of an American transplanted in France." And most are pretty predictable: American discovers just how ultimately satisfying it can be to learn to enjoy life like the French. This is much the same, but done very well. Author, wife, and young ...

    This book tells the story of an American writer who moves to a tiny village in southwest France with his family to write about the changing nature of the French countryside. He spends most of his time in La Recreation, the one restaurant in Les Arles, profiling the owners and their cui...

    Sooo, I enjoyed this, mostly because Michael Sanders writes about food. I have to admit though that I think he is a bit wordy. There were plenty of times throughout the course of this book where I felt he could have written the exact same thing in half the space. Still enjoyable, excep...

    Great book about a family's year in a very small town in southwest France and the town's restaurant. It takes you on a tour of the markets and farms where French food is grown and raised (vegetarians beware the chapter on foie gras), and really gives a sense of what a traditional small...

    Pretty boring, especially compared to all the really great similar stuff out there. ...

    Half way through as of today. A gift from Nancy last year. A good tale of a village with the details that inform. Even if so much is familiar and recognizable to one who lives partly in French villages, there are other sections that are newly informative, especially about the agricultu...

    This is a very well written homage to French village life. Sanders initially arrives to write about 'La Recreation', the new restaurant that has helped breathe life into the new village. Inevitably, Sanders' portrait becomes one of the whole village. While the characters are intere...

    Michael S. Sander's memoir of his year spent in a tiny French village was absolutely charming. Though Sanders started out to write about life in a French restaurant, the book is actually about the villagers themselves. Centered around the city's main business, a restaurant in an old...

    Mostly I enjoyed this because I've been to the restaurant that it's about, having spent some time in the area, and I can confirm it is the best restaurant I've ever been to. People should go to the Lot Valley just for La Recreation, seriously. I'm not sure how interesting this would be...

    Living in the Gers Gascony region i was able to compare Gers with Lot and found that the people in my area are very simular.The villages are slowly dieing out and to be a farmer you need alot of land and fingers in many pies.He tells in detail about truffles which i found fasinating an...

    Sanders and his family spend a year in a small village in southwestern France, focusing on the restaurant there, La Récré, and its husband and wife owners. Fascinating details on the people and seasonal rhythms of the village. The big downside is the writing/editing. Along with some ...

    Michael Sanders and his wife moved to a very, very small village in France so he could write a book about a restaurant and the people who ran it. Fun to read about the great food and ways to prepare it. But a glimpse into the lives of the rural French was the best part for me. Now, I'm...

    This only whets my desire to live in Europe. A lovely book, very calming. A bit slow to start, but once I got into the rhythm of Sanders' writing, it sped up. He wrote a really nice snapshot of this French village. And, as a foodie, I really enjoyed the loving descriptions of the...

    Don't read this book unless you have some food in front of you. It was a great biography of the year that an American family spent living in a small hilltop french village. They were there to observe the phenomenon of great chefs working in small restaurants in out of the way places....

    I loved reading this book. It is set in a village quite close to where our place in France is. Having read it I was really keen to visit, so managed a wonderful trip for my birthday in 2009. I got to eat the infamous lobster ravioli. The food and ambiance were fantastic. Since then, th...

    Since I've read other French lifestyle books, little was new to me in the topics the author addressed. He doesn't have near the wit and humor Peter Mayle does who has set the bar high in this category. Little dry and boring in parts with some editorial mistakes. Overall, an okay read, ...

    I very much enjoyed this true story of the author moving his wife and young child to a tiny village in the southwest of France. His observations get very detailed and I especially enjoyed his observations about his daughter and her adaptation of French ways. The food list from her scho...

    incredible prose. Michael Sanders knows how to write and if you want to immerse yourself and feel like you are really there , - take this book - take it slow - and wrap yourself up into this story of people, small places, unknown places, how things work and especially in the kitchen!! ...

    Nog zo een boek --- de rijke Britse vlucht naar het Franse platteland, vol cursief gedrukte Franse woordjes, om te laten zien dat ze het al kunnen, veel groente, ganzen en truffels en natuurlijk het restaurant op het kleine dorpje in de titel. Veel rescepten voor liefhebbers. ...

    A well-written account of what it's like to live in a small, rural farming community in southwest France, with a particular focus on its one restaurant. Reading this book immerses you into that life, but there's no compelling reason to keep turning the page. ...

  • Robert Blade
    Jul 17, 2015

    This book was so respectful of life in the village where the author lived for year. Having read almost all of Peter Mayle's books, I found this to be a step above. I felt like I understood the life of the village from the inside after reading this book. It wasn't all poking fun at Fren...

    I was wandering by a display in my local library and picked out this book. I have only been to France once - to Paris for 4 days. I admit I have romantic imaginings about the French countryside dancing in my head. So, I thought I'd indulge those fantasies by reading this book. It is no...

    I read every book whose them is "observations of an American transplanted in France." And most are pretty predictable: American discovers just how ultimately satisfying it can be to learn to enjoy life like the French. This is much the same, but done very well. Author, wife, and young ...

    This book tells the story of an American writer who moves to a tiny village in southwest France with his family to write about the changing nature of the French countryside. He spends most of his time in La Recreation, the one restaurant in Les Arles, profiling the owners and their cui...

    Sooo, I enjoyed this, mostly because Michael Sanders writes about food. I have to admit though that I think he is a bit wordy. There were plenty of times throughout the course of this book where I felt he could have written the exact same thing in half the space. Still enjoyable, excep...

    Great book about a family's year in a very small town in southwest France and the town's restaurant. It takes you on a tour of the markets and farms where French food is grown and raised (vegetarians beware the chapter on foie gras), and really gives a sense of what a traditional small...

    Pretty boring, especially compared to all the really great similar stuff out there. ...

    Half way through as of today. A gift from Nancy last year. A good tale of a village with the details that inform. Even if so much is familiar and recognizable to one who lives partly in French villages, there are other sections that are newly informative, especially about the agricultu...

    This is a very well written homage to French village life. Sanders initially arrives to write about 'La Recreation', the new restaurant that has helped breathe life into the new village. Inevitably, Sanders' portrait becomes one of the whole village. While the characters are intere...

    Michael S. Sander's memoir of his year spent in a tiny French village was absolutely charming. Though Sanders started out to write about life in a French restaurant, the book is actually about the villagers themselves. Centered around the city's main business, a restaurant in an old...

    Mostly I enjoyed this because I've been to the restaurant that it's about, having spent some time in the area, and I can confirm it is the best restaurant I've ever been to. People should go to the Lot Valley just for La Recreation, seriously. I'm not sure how interesting this would be...

    Living in the Gers Gascony region i was able to compare Gers with Lot and found that the people in my area are very simular.The villages are slowly dieing out and to be a farmer you need alot of land and fingers in many pies.He tells in detail about truffles which i found fasinating an...

    Sanders and his family spend a year in a small village in southwestern France, focusing on the restaurant there, La Récré, and its husband and wife owners. Fascinating details on the people and seasonal rhythms of the village. The big downside is the writing/editing. Along with some ...