We've Always Had Paris...and Provence [NOOK Book]

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Patricia Wells, long recognized as the leading American authority on French food, and her husband, Walter, live the life in France that many of us have often fantasized about. After more than a quarter century, they are as close to being accepted as "French" as any non-natives can be. In this delightful memoir they share in two voices their experiences—the good, the bad, and the funny—offering a charming and evocative account of their beloved home and some of the wonderful people they have met along the way. Full...

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Overview

Patricia Wells, long recognized as the leading American authority on French food, and her husband, Walter, live the life in France that many of us have often fantasized about. After more than a quarter century, they are as close to being accepted as "French" as any non-natives can be. In this delightful memoir they share in two voices their experiences—the good, the bad, and the funny—offering a charming and evocative account of their beloved home and some of the wonderful people they have met along the way. Full of the flavor and color of the couple's adopted country, this tandem memoir reflects on the life that France has made possible for them and explores how living abroad has shaped their relationship.

Written in lyrical, sensuous prose and filled with anecdotes, insights, and endearing snapshots of Walter and Patricia over the years, We've Always Had Paris . . . and Provence beautifully conveys the nuances of the French and their culture as only a practiced observer can. Literally a moveable feast to be savored and shared, including more than thirty recipes that will delight readers and cooks alike, the couple's valentine to France and to each other is delicious in every way.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061866494
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 445,678
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Patricia Wells

Patricia Wells is a journalist, author, and teacher who runs the popular cooking school At Home with Patricia Wells in Paris and Provence. She has won four James Beard Awards and the French government has honored her as a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, recognizing her contribution to French culture. A former New York Times reporter, she is the only foreigner and the only woman to serve as restaurant critic for a major French publication, L'Express. She served as the global restaurant critic for the International Herald Tribune for more than twenty-five years. She lives in Paris and Provence with her husband, Walter Wells.


Patricia Wells and Walter Wells have lived in Paris for nearly thirty years. Patricia runs a popular cooking school in Paris and Provence, and is the author of ten previous books. From 1980 to 2007 she was restaurant critic for the International Herald Tribune. Walter retired as executive editor of the International Herald Tribune in 2005, having previously worked as editor and managing editor since 1980. He is one of the few non-French citizens to be awarded the French Legion of Honor.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

    A Wonderful Slice of Life Book

    The reviewer who chastises Patricia Wells for not being Julia Child... Well, I'm not Eleanor Roosevelt either -- which is just as irrelevant. Who cares? Patricia Wells is writing about her own life and is not trying to be anyone else. And she IS quite well known. Patricia Wells' story will certainly be interesting to those who are familiar with her critical work, those who are interested in reading about the life of a writer or those who just enjoy food, food writing and reading about France. It is a well written and enjoyable book with a considerable amount of small detail and an intimate look into the world and the time it describes. It's also a portrait of a relationship and a career. This is a wonderful book and I can't believe anyone would take issue with it. I have recommended it to friends and even gave it as a gift. When I was only halfway through it, I even paid to have it mailed to me when I left it at a hotel. You will be delighted with this book!

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  • Posted August 20, 2009

    Not Enough

    We've Always had Paris...... and Provence
    Patricia and Walter Wells
    Harper Perennial
    ISBN: 978-0-06-089858-8
    $15.99
    Reviewed By: Emily Decobert

    How many of us have dreamed of chucking it all and moving to an exotic local? Most of us have and I must admit, my dream was Paris. Having gone there when I was twenty, I began a love affair with this wonderful city that continues to this day. So, of course, when I heard about We've Always had Paris, I had to review it.
    Patricia and Walter Wells understand the yearning of us Parisophiles. They often talked about the chance of moving to Paris to live. Both were writers for the Times and they dreamed of the day the call would come in offering a job at the Paris branch of the Times, the International Herald Tribune. One day, the dream became reality and they packed up and moved.
    Now they had to face the reality of living where they didn't speak the language and were strangers in a world so different it was almost alien. Add to that Walter's 24 hour a day job and Patricia's freelance and cookbook career and they were almost overwhelmed. However, they find their way in the strange new world of both Paris and Provence and the book is filled with their memories, experiences, and meals.
    I began this book with high hopes and found myself slightly disappointed. The tale is very well written and chocked full of tales and recipes, but it lacks lustre. The descriptions of Paris failed to evoke the wonderful sense of the city itself and felt as flat as the pages of the book. When I read a book about a foreign country, I want to get lost in the place and the people and I was sad when these book almost but didn't quite succeed.
    The part about Provence also didn't evoke the sense of place and time. Having never been there, I had hoped for a tale filled with the magic of that unique part of the country. I was looking forward to seeing and experiencing in my mind a trip to this area and I didn't find it. The story was well told and filled with those unique experiences of French country living, but I failed to make that vital connection with both the place and the characters.
    There can be no doubt that these two writers are very talented at writing factual information and they created technically sound book, but without the magic of the place shining through the book falters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2008

    Lovely account.

    I disagree with the other review. My Life in France is one of my favorite books, and the similarities only lie in the setting and theme of food. It is a different story from a different time. I appreciate the authors' honesty of the hardships of living abroad and how they adapted together. While Patricia Wells is not as well known as Julia Child in the mainstream, in the food world she is very well respected. I find Patricia and Walter's story to be a delightful, interesting read and recommend it to others that enjoy food and travel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2008

    Unoriginal.

    Patricia Wells needs to get creative. This book directly mirrors Julia Child's bestselling memoir 'My Life In France' from the title right down to the formatting of the black and white photographs. While Patricia Wells may be known to the more food obsessed, she is no household name. Shes no Julia Child. Do yourself a favor. Skip this and pick up 'My Life in France' for an exciting, funny, and moving romp through the life of the woman who changed how we feel about food.

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