A Year in Provence
by Peter Mayle
A lovely, leisurely book about a couple who bought a 200-year old farmhouse in Provence, Peter Mayle's best-seller was a treat. It's exactly what it sounds like: a month-by-month reflection on the joys and foods of this lovely region in France, with occasional remarks on culture, language, dogs, neighbors, grape-growing, and plumbing. The writing is skillful, the characters engaging, and the flashes of humor delightful.
I read it slowly and didn't want it to end.
Highly recommended, particularly for lovers of words, armchair travelers, and gourmands.