How To Eat, How to Live

Sick of foul British weather, Peter Mayle finds a paradise in Provence, and even a pot of gold

Oh, to discover in the pages of a book the secret of the sweet life -- the joys of a bountiful climate, brilliant sun and a splendid cuisine. The problem is that contentment is a tough subject for a writer. Travel literature is rich, the annals of staying put sparse. Cookbooks fill libraries, but the revelations of satisfied palates, at least accounts that seduce and inspire a reader, are scarce.

All that makes Peter Mayle something of a wonder. A devout sun worshiper and the husband of an expert amateur cook, he stumbled on a patch of Provence and left his...

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