From Here, You Can't See Paris

From Here, You Can't See Paris

Seasons of A French Village and Its Restaurant

Book - 2002
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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, No#65533;lle, whose bustling restaurant -- the village's sole business -- has helped ensure its future.

The author set out to explore the inner workings of a French restaurant kitchen but ended up stumbling onto a wider, much richer world. Whether uncovering the darker secrets of making foie gras, hearing a chef confess his doubts about the Michelin star system, or absorbing the lore of the land around a farmhouse kitchen table after a boar hunt, Michael Sanders learned that life in Les Arques was anything but sleepy. Through the eyes of the author and his family, the reader enters this world, discovers its still-vibrant traditions of food, cooking, and rural living, and comes to know the village's history, sharing along the way an American family's adventures as they find their way in a place that is sometimes lonely, often wondrous, and always fascinating.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2002
ISBN: 9780060184728
Branch Call Number: 914.4 SAN
Characteristics: 322 p. ;,25 cm


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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 23, 2014

You will meet the locals and experience a rural French restaurant and other culinary institutions from behind the scenes in this American’s ‘year in France.’ Sanders is a talented and unobtrusive raconteur, the perfect companion for those who enjoy good food and travel writing.

Oct 11, 2010

just ok.


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