cover image We’ve Always Had Paris... and Provence: A Scrapbook of Our Life in France

We’ve Always Had Paris... and Provence: A Scrapbook of Our Life in France

Patricia Wells, Author, Walter Wells, Author . Harper $26.95 (

With charm and insightful anecdotes about the Parisian and Provençal food-driven life, cookbook author Wells and her husband, Walter, artfully recreate their quarter-century–long courtship with flavorful France. Their two distinct voices—complemented by black-and-white photos and more than 30 simple recipes for couscous salad, salmon tartare, and scrambled eggs with truffles—detail the couple’s forays into “going native.” As they endeavor to adapt to the fashions and lifestyle of the French capital, Patricia takes on the task of researching a city’s worth of tastes, textures and smells, visiting tea salons, pastry shops, boulangeries and chocolate makers for her Food Lover’s Guide to Paris , while Walter settles into a new position as editor at the International Herald Tribune . Their Parisian interlude soon turns into a permanent French sojourn when they are seduced by the parasol pines and terraced vineyard belonging to an 18th-century farmhouse called Chanteduc. With their purchase of this northern Provençal abode, the remains of urban life fall to the wayside. This thoroughly enjoyable narrative describes the lavish, flavorful rewards of a life spent abroad. (May)