"Uplifting biographical month"
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.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 11, 2002