• In this work for armchair and actual travellers alike, the author records the events of a year in Provence, from foie gras and burst pipes in January, through the Tour de France preparations, the grape "vendange" and the mushroom season, to the Christmas gastronomic splurge.

  • Danny Roth is the rich owner of a priceless collection of wines. He invites a journalist to write a piece about his rare collection and shortly afterwards is the unfortunate victim of a world-class wine heist. Roth is devastated.Called in by Roth's insurance company, lawyer and wine connoisseur Sam Levitt investigates, along with a beautiful French colleague, Sophie. Together they must get to the bottom of it, and if their enquiries take them to the finest chateaux of Bordeaux and the best restaurants in Provence, then who are they to complain?

  • Bennett is an English expatriate living in France with a champagne taste and a beer bankroll. Happygolucky and a bit roguish, he places an ad in the International Herald Tribune offering his services any services. He pursues a response from a wealthy Englishman named Julian Poe who has developed a means of producing truffles and is close to cornering the immensely lucrative truffle market. Bennett signs on and finds himself in Monaco, where he is able to live in a style to which he has always wished to become accustomed (including eating to his heart's content a Mayle trademark!). Soon the Sicilian and Corsican Mafiosi intrude and Bennett is joined by the beautiful and experienced (in all ways) Anna. Hamfisted goons, gendarmes working at cross purposes, French village busybodies, and an order of monks dedicated to the god Bacchus all play a role in the surprising, and more than a little satisfying, denouement.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • Sam Levitt, former corporate lawyer, wine connoisseur and expert on cultivated crime, is back in Marseille, for both work and pleasure - the lure of excitement and the pleasures of the region proving too tempting to resist. But surrounded by gangsters and cut-throat developers, Sam finds himself far closer to danger than he had planned...

  • Lorsque la milliardaire Mme Castellaci se voit dérober des bijoux d'une valeur astronomique dans sa maison de Nice, Elena Morales, assureuse, est contrainte de quitter Los Angeles et de gagner la Côte d'Azur au plus vite afin d'y mener l'enquête... sans oublier, bien sûr, de rendre visite à son ami Francis Reboul au palais du Pharo, merveilleusement situé à Marseille, où elle profite au mieux des délices que la Méditerranée a à lui offrir. D'autant que son cher Sam Levitt ne tarde pas à la rejoindre. Or le fin limier ne savoure pas longtemps leurs douces retrouvailles, incapable de résister à l'appel d'un nouveau mystère à résoudre. Pendant qu'Elena cherche une propriété provençale où s'établir avec Sam, loin de Los Angeles, il se lance à la poursuite des fameux voleurs de bijoux... Un polar gourmand comme seul Peter Mayle, le plus méridional des romanciers anglais, sait en écrire : le rosé y coule à flots. Si les trois amis encourent un danger mortel, ils n'en perdent jamais le goût des bonnes choses.

  • En attendant la visite de ses amis Sam Levitt et Elena Morales, le milliardaire français Francis Reboul profite de sa terrasse ensoleillée face à la mer lorsqu'un yacht gigantesque apparaît derrière un cap de l'archipel du Frioul. S'il est habitué à ce que nombre de touristes en bateau observent son magnifique palais, rien ne l'a préparé à la curiosité outrageuse des passagers du yacht, qui n'hésitent pas à venir survoler le domaine en hélicoptère. Grâce à ses relations dans la police marseillaise, Reboul découvre l'identité du propriétaire du yacht, le redoutable Oleg Vronsky, magnat des affaires russe dont les associés tendent à connaître une mort prématurée. Bientôt, il reçoit la lettre d'un agent immobilier qui lui propose de vendre sa propriété au même Vronsky. Il refuse mais sait que ce dernier ne reculera devant rien pour obtenir ce qu'il veut. Les méthodes du Russe se font d'ailleurs de plus en plus musclées, surtout lorsque la mafia corse vient lui prêter main-forte... Américains ou Russes, personne ne peut résister au charme de la Provence - sa gastronomie, son rosé, ses petits bistrots... -, pas plus que le lecteur ne saura résister au généreux savoir-faire de Peter Mayle, le plus méridional des romanciers anglais.

  • Le roman policier ensoleillé et épicurien idéal pour les vacances.Quand le milliardaire français Francis Reboul vient chercher Sam Levitt jusqu´à Los Angeles pour lui demander de servir de prête-nom dans une société immobilière à Marseille, Sam est à la fois tenté et un peu réticent : pourquoi cet homme, à qui il a volé pour plusieurs millions de grands crus lors de son dernier séjour en France, veut-il lui confier cette délicate besogne ? Mais Elena Morales, la petite amie de Sam, est extrêmement séduite par ces vacances tous frais payés dans le Midi de la France, et Sam accepte donc la mission. Il présente le projet architectural de Reboul à un concours dont le président du comité de sélection est un Corse, Patrimonio, l´ennemi juré du Français. Deux autres candidats sont en lice : une Parisienne, qui part avec un handicap du fait de la haine ancestrale des Marseillais pour Paris, et un lord anglais, Wapping, qui a son yacht dans le port et est déjà acoquiné avec le mafieux Patrimonio. Wapping est bien décidé à remporter l´affaire par tous les moyens, licites et illicites, en son pouvoir. C´est compter sans Sam Lewitt, qui va défendre le projet et déjouer les manoeuvres et intrigues de ses concurrents. Il sera aidé par son ami Philippe, journaliste, qui combat - au péril de sa vie parfois - le bétonnage du littoral. Il plaide pour le programme de construction résidentiel de Reboul, qui respecte le merveilleux environnement en front de mer où il doit s´implanter.

    Le personnage principal de cette histoire très enjouée de corruptions et de magouilles méditerranéennes est bien sûr la Provence, et particulièrement Marseille, avec sa gastronomie - sa bouillabaisse -, son rosé, ses ruelles, son Vieux Port, ses petits bistrots et sa douceur de vivre. Tous les prétextes sont bons pour s´attabler ou faire de belles incursions dans l´arrière-pays que Peter Mayle connaît si bien.

  • Sam Levitt, former corporate lawyer, wine connoisseur and expert on cultivated crime, is back in Marseille, for both work and pleasure - the lure of excitement and the pleasures of the region proving too tempting to resist. But surrounded by gangsters and cut-throat developers, Sam finds himself far closer to danger than he had planned...

  • Danny Roth is the rich owner of a priceless collection of wines. He invites a journalist to write a piece about his rare collection and shortly afterwards is the unfortunate victim of a world-class wine heist. Roth is devastated.Called in by Roth's insurance company, lawyer and wine connoisseur Sam Levitt investigates, along with a beautiful French colleague, Sophie. Together they must get to the bottom of it, and if their enquiries take them to the finest chateaux of Bordeaux and the best restaurants in Provence, then who are they to complain?

  • The ultimate yes'>#8220;dictionaryyes'>#8221; for lovers of Provence: Peter Mayle's personal selection of the foods, customs and words he finds most fascinating, curious, delicious, or just plain fun.Though organized from A to Z, this is hardly a conventional work of reference. In more than 170 entries, Peter Mayleyes'>#8212;bestselling author of A Year in Provenceyes'>#8212;writes about subjects as wideranging as architecture and zinguezinguezoun (in the local patois, a word meant to describe the sound of a violin). And, of course, he writes about food and drink: vin rosyes'>#233;, truffles, olives, melons, bouillabaisse, the cheese that killed a Roman emperor, even a cure for indigestion. Provence AZ is a delight for Peter Mayle's evergrowing audience and the perfect complement to any guidebook on Provence, or, for that matter, France.From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Gastronomy is a wonderful starting point to study France and the French. As the retired schoolmaster from Provence says 'The religion of France is food. And wine, of course.' And they put their money where their mouth is, spending a greater proportion of their income on food and drink than any other nation in the world. Literally hundreds of gastronomic fairs and festivals take place throughout the year all over France - a frog fair, an hommage to the sausage, to the turnip, to the quiche and the noble Camembert. What kind of person is a snail-fancier? Is there a brotherhood of sausage connoisseurs? How can you devote an entire weekend to the French fry? Peter Mayle finds out and brings hilariously and affectionately to life the people who can get passionate about a frog's leg or a well-turned omelette. Over ten years ago he transformed our feelings about Provence, now he captures the irresistible essence of France herself - and her food.

  • Attention bread lovers!In the first of his famous books about Provence, Peter Mayle shared with us news of a bakery in the town of Cavaillon where the baking and appreciation of breads “had been elevated to the status of a minor religion.” Its name: Chez Auzet.Now, several hundred visits later, Mayle has joined forces with Gerard Auzet, the proprietor of this most glorious of Provençal bakeries, to tell us about breadmaking at its finest.Mayle takes us into the baking room to witness the birth of a loaf. We see the master at work-slapping, rolling, squeezing, folding, and twisting dough as he sculpts it into fougasses, bâtards, and boules. Auzet then gives us precise, beautifully illustrated instructions for making sixteen kinds of bread, from the classic baguette to loaves made with such ingredients as bacon, apricots, hazelnuts, garlic, and green and black olives. There are tips galore, the tricks of the trade are revealed, and along the way Mayle relates the delightful history of four generations of Auzet bakers. One of Provence';s oldest and most delicious pleasures is now available at a kitchen near you, thanks to this charming guide. Read, bake, and enjoy.From the Hardcover edition.

  • The writer with a claim to being the worldyes'>#8217;s foremost literary escape artist is back, with an intoxicating novel about the business and pleasure of wine, set in his beloved Provence. Max Skinner has recently lost his job at a London financial firm and just as recently learned that he has inherited his late uncleyes'>#8217;s vineyard in Provence. On arrival he finds the climate delicious, the food even better, and two of the locals ravishing. Unfortunately, the wine produced on his new property is swill. Why then are so many people interested in it? Enter a beguiling Californian who knows more about wine than Max doesyes'>#8211;and may have a better claim to the estate. Fizzy with intrigue, bursting with local color and savor, A Good Year is Mayle at his most entertaining.From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Attention bread lovers!In the first of his famous books about Provence, Peter Mayle shared with us news of a bakery in the town of Cavaillon where the baking and appreciation of breads “had been elevated to the status of a minor religion.” Its name: Chez Auzet.Now, several hundred visits later, Mayle has joined forces with Gerard Auzet, the proprietor of this most glorious of Provençal bakeries, to tell us about breadmaking at its finest.Mayle takes us into the baking room to witness the birth of a loaf. We see the master at work-slapping, rolling, squeezing, folding, and twisting dough as he sculpts it into fougasses, bâtards, and boules. Auzet then gives us precise, beautifully illustrated instructions for making sixteen kinds of bread, from the classic baguette to loaves made with such ingredients as bacon, apricots, hazelnuts, garlic, and green and black olives. There are tips galore, the tricks of the trade are revealed, and along the way Mayle relates the delightful history of four generations of Auzet bakers. One of Provence';s oldest and most delicious pleasures is now available at a kitchen near you, thanks to this charming guide. Read, bake, and enjoy.From the Hardcover edition.

  • The writer with a claim to being the worldyes'>#8217;s foremost literary escape artist is back, with an intoxicating novel about the business and pleasure of wine, set in his beloved Provence. Max Skinner has recently lost his job at a London financial firm and just as recently learned that he has inherited his late uncleyes'>#8217;s vineyard in Provence. On arrival he finds the climate delicious, the food even better, and two of the locals ravishing. Unfortunately, the wine produced on his new property is swill. Why then are so many people interested in it? Enter a beguiling Californian who knows more about wine than Max doesyes'>#8211;and may have a better claim to the estate. Fizzy with intrigue, bursting with local color and savor, A Good Year is Mayle at his most entertaining.From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Peter Mayle, francophile phenomenon and author of A Year in Provence, brings another delightful (and delicious) account of the good life, this time exploring the gustatory pleasures to be found throughout France.
    The French celebrate food and drink more than any other people, and Mayle shows us just how contagious their enthusiasm can be. We visit the Foire aux Escargots. We attend a truly French marathon, where the beverage of choice is Chteau Lafite-Rothschild rather than Gatorade. We search out the most pungent cheese in France, and eavesdrop on a heated debate on the perfect way to prepare an omelet. We even attend a Catholic mass in the village of Richerenches, a sacred event at which thanks are given for the aromatic, mysterious, and breathtakingly expensive black truffle. With Mayle as our inimitably charming guide, we come away with a satisfied smile (if a little hungry) and the compelling desire to book a flight to France at once.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • ENCORE PROVENCE continues the account of an Englishman's life abroad. Among other curiosities, explore a school for noses in Haute Provence, the mysterious death of an oversexed butcher, the quest for the finest bouillabaisse and an assortment of the characters who lie in wait in bars and on boules courts. And, of course, the essential importance of lunch. BON APPETIT!

  • A second enjoyable helping of rural life in France from the author of A YEAR IN PROVENCE. Skulking through customs with a suitcase full of truffles, toads singing the Marseillaise, taking pastis lessons and finding gold at the bottom of the garden -- you might think there is little time left for pleasures of the table. TOUJOURS PROVENCE proves that while you might not be able to get away from it all, you can have fun trying.

  • Bon vivant and expert sleuth Sam Levitt and his partner in love and intrigue, Elena Morales, return in the latest installment of the delightfully sun-splashed Provençal Caper series. When a Riviera socialite’s diamonds are stolen--the latest in a string of seemingly unconnected but ever-more-audacious jewelry heists across France--Elena flies in to investigate the insurance claim. It’s a trip she’s more than happy to make, as it gives her a chance to meet up with old friends in Marseille--and, particularly, with Sam. Once reunited, Sam isn’t entirely distracted by domestic matters. In the pattern of these “perfect crimes” he's beginning to see a master at work, and he’s quickly determined to connect and solve the cases. But as he and Elena dig deeper, they begin to realize just how much is connected and how dangerous it may be to pursue the whole truth. Meanwhile, there’s a house to renovate, rosé to share, and feasts of Provençal summer bounty to enjoy. Full of Peter Mayle’s inimitable wit and style, The Diamond Caper is sure to charm faithful fans and new readers alike.

  • Anglais Where Did I Come From?

    Peter Mayle

    For more than twenty years, Where Did I Come From? has helped parents explain the facts of life to their curious children. Millions of children have enjoyed the humor and honesty in this book, while learning how babies are really made.
    Peter Mayle and Arthur Robins are also the bestselling team responsible for What's Happening to Me? a guide to puberty.

  • For more than twenty years, Where Did I Come From? has helped parents explain the facts of life to their curious children. Millions of children have enjoyed the humor and honesty in this book, while learning how babies are really made.
    This book has been adapted for African American families.
    Peter Mayle and Arthur Robins are also the bestselling team responsible for What's Happening to Me? a guide to puberty.

  • Le meilleur ami de l'homme Nouv.

    Cet ouvrage est une réédition numérique d'un livre paru au XXe siècle, désormais indisponible dans son format d'origine.

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