A Year in Provence

Peter Mayle, 1991

Rating: 5 out of 6.

In this nonfiction book, Peter Mayle and his wife realize their dream of moving to the south of France. They move into a 200 year old stone farmhouse in the Luberon, and it needs a lot of fixing and changing. This book goes through the entire year from January to December and talks about weather, food and wine, and the different people they meet.

They found out they had a lot of friends and relatives once they moved to Provence. People would call and want to stay. Mr. Mayle and his wife had a wonderful way of dealing with all the folks that wanted to make themselves to home with them.

They live through the January mistral as it comes howling down the Rhone Valley. They take bike rides (which turn into a test of endurance). They witness goat racing and truffle hunting. Food and wine are usually front and center. I love the descriptions of food and the way the French obviously enjoy fine dining. No McDonalds for them. Lunch is a two hour affair and best enjoyed in the company of friends.

I listened to the audio version this time. I have read my book at least three times. It was neat to hear Peter Mayle narrate his own book this time around. Sadly, he passed away a few years ago, so that added a poignant feeling to the book this time.

Peter Mayle has a wit and humor that resonates with me. If you love France and Europe and food, this book is a great option for you! I highly recommend it!

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