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Arrazat's Aubergines: Inside a Languedoc Kitchen Paperback – 12 May 2005
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A mouth-watering odyssey. (Andrew Morrod Daily Mail)
Cleverly combines the slog of Hell's Kitchen with all the familiar, friendly elements of foreign fantasy. (Times)
About the Author
Patrick Moon, a former London lawyer, now spends every possible moment in his Languedoc home. Paul Levy described his first book, Virgile's Vineyard - about the region's wine-makers - as 'humane, funny and quirky'.
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This book takes the (true) story a stage further, as Patrick returns to the Languedoc to explore the region further and use his winemaking contacts as an in to some of the region's top restaurants.
On the way, he finds out more about indigenous food production, such as the wonderfully-named Pascal Poot and his Conservatoire des Tomates high in the hills.
If you love France, food and wine, this is a glorious soap opera about life in a beautiful part of the country. I'm amazed it and its predecessor haven't been snapped up for a TV series yet.
I've read both books during holidays in France and loved being able to go out the next day and find wines and cheeses, etc, that had been mentioned in the text.
The antics of his neighbours, as in book one, regularly made me chuckle and having read these two books back to back I’m going to miss the daily goings on of Manu and Patrick.
This book has recently been updated and re-released and would be ideal for those who love life in France memoirs, plus those with an interest in French wine and the food of the Languedoc. But be warned, it will make you hungry and want to visit the area.
Patrick brings it to life by his tales of the restaurant business, detailing the gruelling service schedules and the hunt for artisan produce and life with his neighbours. It also includes references to his previous book "Vigiles Vineyard" where he details his first year in France, visiting various small wine producers and the fun and problems of living in a very rural area of France
Both books are a stunning, humorous and insightly (is that a word?) read.
5 stars for this book and for his previous book 'Virgile's Vineyard' despite his tendency to use 'England' and 'English' as synonyms for Britain and British.
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