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Provence A-Z by Peter Mayle

Provence A-Z by Peter Mayle

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Provence A-Z by Peter Mayle is a 286-page hardcover published in 2006 by Alfred A. Knopf, New York.  Stated First Edition.  The condition is very good.

Book Summary

An indispensable, richly informative and always entertaining source book on Provence by the writer who has made the region his own.

Through organized from A-Z, this is hardly a conventional work of reference.  It is rather a selection of those aspects of Provence that Peter Mayle in almost twenty years there has found to be the most interesting, curious, delicious, or downright fun.

In more than 170 entries he writes about subjects as wide ranging as architecture and and zingueizingue-zoun (in the local patois, a word meant to describe the sound of a violin), as diverse and expatriates, Aix-en-Provence, the Provencal character, legends, lavender, linguistic oddities, the museum of the French Foreign Legion, the museum of the corkscrew, the origins of "La Marseillaise," and a bawdy folklore character named Fanny.

And, of course, he writes about food and drink:  vin riose, truffles, olives, bouillabaisse, the cheese that killed a Roman emperor, even a cure for indigestion.  The wonderful accompanying artwork includes curiosities Mayle has gathered over the years--matchbooks, drawings, century-old ads, photos, tourist brochures, maps.

ISBN:  1-4000-4442-1

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