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From Here, You Can't See Paris Paperback – 1 Jan 2004

4.1 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (1 Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553815660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553815665
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sanders' account is so lovely, and Les Arques so sensuous and ripe with magic" (Publishers Weekly)

"Extraordinary...Honest, funny and endearing. This is a book for anyone who loves France or wants to travel there" (Ken Hom)

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A fascinating memoir about life in Les Arques, a hilltop village in a remote corner of France, and its magical restaurant

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This book is written by an American author who decided he wanted to spend a year living in a French village and write about the village restaurant. A self-proclaimed francophile, Michael Sanders, truly gets emersed in village life and the result is an evocative story of Les Arques - a village in the Lot region of France.
As someone who owns a holiday home in the Lot not far from Les Arques, reading this book in London made me want to jump on the first plane for France. The story is woven around the village restaurant, La Récréation which is a focal point for the restaurant but also details the general life of the village - the council elections, annual fete, foie gras production and much more. If you are visiting the Lot on holiday then this is a must read before you go - it will leave you dripping with anticipation!
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I took 'From here, you can't see Paris' on vacation and found it a thoughly engaging and interesting read. I would recommend it to anyone who has any interested cuisine or in sharing someone else's year long involvement in the life of a rural French community. Lots of historical references to help understand what happens today and all you ever wanted to know about truffles and foie Gras. I recommend it.
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Reading this on a freezing cold and rainy English day transported me back to my favourite area of France. We are fortunate enough to have friends who live in this area and whom we are often invited to visit. Reading about the area, learning about its culture and history, and revisiting many of the restaurants and villages it offers provided a very relaxing read and brought many good memories. We have dined at several of the restaurants mentioned in the book and seeing the French kitchen from behind the scenes was an eye opener. We can't wait to visit La Recreation (one of our friends favourites) on our next visit. Normally I am happy to pass my books around but this is one I am holding on to. Hope Jacques won't be too busy to sign it for me! If you like France and enjoy getting out of the main tourist areas you'll like this book and I wouldn't mind betting you'll be booking a flight to visit it yourself.
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Yes yet another "seen it,read it,bought the tea shirt",but don't we all love them when they transport you to such wonderful areas.Not only does this book more than adequately do that,but ,it also tempts your tastebuds at the same time.Even some of the more gory methods of french farming were interesting to read.I now know more about ducks and their livers than I ever did before.A really interesting and well written book.
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Reading this book on holiday in southern France, I realised that the restaurant was only 30 miles away. The book opened a window on life in a rural French village which I wanted to experience. The restaurant was even better than the book! One of the best meals I have ever tasted - the menu was straight from the pages of the book. If you read the book - try to visit the restaurant.
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The author of this long winded piffle does not like the work of the great sculptor and artist Ossip Zadkine, calling it 'bad Picasso'. In this he shows his ignorance and lack of understanding of the art of the man at the heart of the village Sanders seeks to analyse. Not wishing to stop there he persists in a series of petty mined anti-British sentiments, sneering, along with the haughty chef in the restaurant La Recreation, that we are given poorer cuts of meat as we do not understand how food should be cooked and that our women wear dresses 20 years out of date.

I suggest you give this Yankee Francophile and his French chums a big swerve and let make sure no more of us annoying Brits bother to spend another penny in the restaurant La Recreation in Les Arques in southern France. As Sanders claims that half the customers are from the UK that might make toffee-nosed puffed up foodies like this think again.

Avoid.

To much detail and not enough insight, this is the worst book I have ever read.
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