A Pig in Provence: Good Food and Simple Pleasures in the by Georgeanne Brennan

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 notice the dream of a relaxed, rural lifestyles en Provence. She and her husband, with their younger daughter in tow, received a small farmhouse with a bit land, and some goats and pigsand so all started a life-affirming trip. jam-packed with scrumptious recipes and native colour, this evocative and passionate memoir describes her lifestyles cooking and dwelling within the Provenal traditionan entrancing story that might whet the urge for food and the spiritperfect for foodies, Francophiles, or a person who's dreamed of packing their baggage and purchasing a price ticket to the great lifestyles.

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At holidays, Eric sits at the table, his arms folded across his chest, holding forth on the big issues of the day. He’ll talk about the historical precedents for John Ashcroft’s crusade or dissect the psychology of investing in a 401k. He says everything with such confidence, we all just nod our heads, taking mental notes for some imaginary quiz. I hate that feeling. I want to be the one giving the lecture. Or at the least, I want to be the one who knows enough to heckle Eric. And that’s not to mention another humiliation: games.

So I’ve officially passed you,” I say to my dad, as we take out the holiday detritus. ” he asks. “I was just reading about broccoli. ” My dad nods his head. “I’ve got a good fact for you,” says my dad. ” “Yes. ” My dad tells me that he has calculated the speed of light in fathoms per fortnight so that he can be the only person in the world who knows that particular piece of information. 98 x 1014” he says. “Wow. ” My tone is definitely snappish, aggressive. My dad looks a little hurt. I’m not sure why I said it the way I did—I guess I felt he’d one-upped me—but it wasn’t in the holiday spirit, that’s for sure.

The encyclopedia is giving me lots of good ideas. bearbaiting A popular form of entertainment in 16th-century England. A bear was tied to a stake, and trained dogs were set upon it. Other variations included a bull tied to a stake and a pony with an ape tied to his back. Sounds like Fox has itself a new TV show! bedlam My growing collection of facts keeps overlapping with my life. I knew it would happen, but I’m surprised at the frequency. Several times an hour, a little internal “ding” goes off in my mind.

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