A Paris Christmas

Immoveable Feast

Baxter, John

(Book - 2008)
A Paris Christmas
A witty cultural and culinary education, Immoveable Feast is the charming, funny, and improbable tale of how a man who was raised on white bread-and didn't speak a word of French-unexpectedly ended up with the sacred duty of preparing the annual Christmas dinner for a venerable Parisian family. Ernest Hemingway called Paris "a moveable feast"-a city ready to embrace you at any time in life. For Los Angeles-based film critic John Baxter, that moment came when he fell in love with a French woman and impulsively moved to Paris to marry her. As a test of his love, his skeptical in-laws charged him with cooking the next Christmas banquet-for eighteen people in their ancestral country home. Baxter's memoir of his yearlong quest takes readers along his misadventures and delicious triumphs as he visits the farthest corners of France in search of the country's best recipes and ingredients. Irresistible and fascinating, Immoveable Feast is a warmhearted tale of good food, romance, family, and the Christmas spirit, Parisian style.
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061562334
Branch Call Number: B-Ba335pc 2008
Characteristics: xii, 270 p. :,ill. ;,18 cm
Alternate Title: Immoveable feast


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John Baxter recounts the tale of holidaying with his French in-laws.

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Jun 25, 2013
  • schmattarags rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a small and quiet book, but it is charming, entertaining, and even somewhat informative. People who love food books will love this, and I think people who enjoy books about travel--or books of Peter Mayle--will like this as well. I've read it several times around the holidays, and it is the perfect book to read while you curl up on the sofa with some gingerbread, or wine and biscotti.


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