No one knows Provence like beloved author Peter Mayle, and in this delightful collection—adapted from Provence A-Z: A Francophile’s Essential Handbook—he distills his decades of living in France into ten essential lessons for visitors.
Abandoning the well-trodden “best of” routes that can be found in any tourist guide, Mayle highlights local features vital to an authentic Provençal experience. From ruminations on the unique charms of each season to the art of the siesta, Mayle brings the warmth and beauty of the province vividly to life. And, of course, food and wine also get their due, as Mayle expounds the merits of pastis and a good rosé, explores the mystery of traditional market shopping, and more. Evocative and intimate, Provence in Ten Easy Lessons is charming yet practical reading for ticketed passengers and armchair travelers, alike.
Praise for Provence A-Z: “Mayle’s affection for lavender fields and languid lunched continues unabated-and so does his influence.” —USA Today
“Mayle’s magpie dictionary yields amusing facts . . . and useful information. . . . You’ll soon succumb to his road-tested charm.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Whether he’s smacking his lips in gustatory contentment or mock exasperation, Mayle’s affection runneth over. . . . If there is anything charmless or depressing in all of Provence, its secret is safe with him.” —The Boston Globe
“After nearly two decades of writing about the character and the characters of Provence, Mayle’s love for this rich and colorful region is undiminished.” —The Christian Science Monitor