The Simple Pleasures of Life in a Small French Town
by Susan Loomis
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Genre: France, Travel, Cookbook
Paperback: 304 pages
The story of our adventure, our move to Rue Tatin, began some thirteen years earlier, when I first went to live in Paris.
Beguiling, aromatic memoirs of a cookery writer, settling in a small Normandy town, very similar in flavour to Under the Tuscan Sun.
The second house that Susan Hermann Loomis looked at in the small town of Louviers was perfect. Dilapidated, rambling, crumbling walls which were covered with faded paper, it had been a convent. So Susan, her husband, luckily a sculptor and builder, and small son, moved in – to spend a year and more, rebuilding, finding new hidden treasures of their house, and discovering their neighbours, and the life of a small French town.
Some of the great pleasures of the book come from sharing in Susan Loomis’ daily journeys: to the market, to the butcher and the baker, talking to the shop keepers and the teachers at the school, and meeting the clergy who tramp through their garden. As her son joins the local school, as Susan’s cookery work gets underway, so the reader is part of all the human – and gastronomic – experiences that shape this very French town.
This tale presents food (french flavors), people (mostly local) and small town idiosyncrasies in a charming way that one can't resist but add it to a future European travel itinerary.
I could see how the process of setting up house and learning the culture of this area can provide inspiration to creative souls.
Delicious recipes are shared along the way to tempt non-cooks (like me) to give a try.
* part of SF Travel Book Club