By Georgeanne Brennan
From the writer of Under the Tuscan Sun comes one other impressive memoir of a girl embarking on a brand new lifethis time within the South of France. Thirty years in the past, James Beard Award-winning writer Georgeanne Brennan got down to detect the dream of a relaxed, rural life en Provence. She and her husband, with their younger daughter in tow, obtained a small farmhouse with a bit land, and some goats and pigsand so all started a life-affirming trip. full of scrumptious recipes and native colour, this evocative and passionate memoir describes her existence cooking and dwelling within the Provenal traditionan entrancing story that might whet the urge for food and the spiritperfect for foodies, Francophiles, or an individual who's dreamed of packing their baggage and purchasing a price ticket to the great lifestyles.
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