|Plot Summary of Vie De France: Sharing Food, Friendship, and a Kitchen in the Loire Valley|
Berkley, Jun 2002, 22.95, 288 pp.
In 1996 having celebrated his sixtieth birthday in Maine, renowned chef James Haller, wary of the kitchen, decides to R & R in the French Loire Valley. He and friends rent a seventeenth century home in Savonnieres. Six people including James would stay the entire month that they have leased the property for while other friends will come by for shorter duration.
The house combined the best of history with much of modern day convenience. The company was companionable both those staying in the house and the locals whose fresh foods at the markets provided James an invigorating regeneration and though he planned not to cook one meal the motivated chef was soon doing all the cooking.
Though the recipes are what readers might expect from the author-chef, the key to this uplifting biographical month is how important friendship is to the human condition. France furbishes the atmosphere that rejuvenated a tired James. VIE DE FRANCE: SHARING FOOD, FRIENDSHIP, AND A KITCHEN IN THE LOIRE VALLEY is an inspirational toast to the stimulation of camaraderie that is a human need in order to live precious life to the fullest.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Vie De France: Sharing Food, Friendship, and a Kitchen in the Loire Valley|
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If this is a culture clash:
- visiting a different culture
ethnic of society (outside)
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- champion of justice
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Very much smarter than other people
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 9 ()
- Fancy Mansion
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Book makes you feel?
- a lot of flashback and forwards
- a lot of stream of consciousness
Writer's slant towards subject:
- very favorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
How much dialogue in bio?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 26-50% of book
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