Arrazat’s Aubergines by Patrick Moon. Published by Matador

In this sequel to Virgile’s  Vineyard, Moon takes on the culinary history of the Languedoc region of France. While trying to keep his grape vines safe from unsavory types, Moon gets caught up in the excitement when the local cafe becomes a restaurant that will feature local fare under the watchful eye of an ambitious young chef. Soon, Moon is helping out in the kitchen, where it’s messy, dangerous and wild. The adventure whets his appetite for more and he begins to explore the local produce from backyard gardens and huge conglomerates alike. In his journey he is privy to such mysteries as the making of olive oil and the whereabouts of the famous Perrier spring.

A tremendously fun romp through the French countryside. Moon once again proves himself a delightful tour guide to all things French, the good, the bad and the ugly.

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