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Our fall reading list

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Our fall reading list

L'automne est un deuxième ressort où chaque feuille est une fleur    -- Albert Camus  ("Autumn is a second spring where each leaf is a flower”) September has arrived and with it comes our favorite season!  There is so much to love about autumn:  The harvest cooking.  Hiking in the mountains.  Scenic drives through landscapes exploding with color.  And cool, crisp weather following summer's heat. It is also a great time for settling down with a good book--traveling in the mind's-eye perhaps to remote corners of France—from the comfort of one’s armchair and in the warm glow of one's fireplace.   In the spirit of harvest-sharing, we want to share some fall reading recommendations: Mastering the Art of...

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Book spotlight: Gourmet Rhapsody

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Book spotlight: Gourmet Rhapsody

  Before developing Renée and Paloma (two memorable personalities in The Elegance of the Hedgehog), author Muriel Barbery created the great Pierre Arthens, food-critic-for-the-ages and central protagonist in Gourmet Rhapsody.  Barbery is a master of monologue.  Her novels unfold through chapters that read like diary entries, progressively revealing the inner life of her characters.  The strength of her style is demonstrated by the success with which she develops believable characters of depth and complexity and then places them in evolving relationships with each other.  At the start of Gourmet Rhapsody (originally published in French in 2000 as Une Gourmandise), we learn...

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