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I just received my copy of  Entertaining in the French Style  by Eileen W. Johnson.  It is a charming book with historical tid-bits and anecdotal stories interlaced with beautiful photos offering a glimpse into the lives of the inhabitants of each region she visits from the Provencal countryside to the Luberon mountains to the heart of Paris.  













A recipe and wine pairing is given from each of the eight locales along the way and the imagery –by photographer Brie Williams– has set my mouth to watering. 


—I'm off to see what I can round up for a late supper!


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by Eileen Johnson, photographs by Brie Williams

Contents: 

IN THE MEDIEVAL TOWN OF SAIGNON
Breakfast in Bed

IN L'ISLE SUR LA SORGUE
Couscous Dinner

IN THE ANTIQUES CAPITAL OF FRANCE
Garden Lunch

IN THE COUNTRYSIDE NEAR PROVENCE
Three-Course Dinner

IN THE VILLAGE OF MAILLANE
Romantic French Breakfast

IN THE HEART OF BURGUNDY
Cooking with Flowers

IN LA PERCHE
Dinner and Calvados

IN A PARIS APARTMENT
Quintessential City Dining



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