Now, are we ready to discuss the book? Mireille is so expressive in her writing that I will be a little less so today as there is not much to add. However, I feel that adds to my French mystique right? Bon, let's dive in.
Chapter 6: Wine is Food
Where do I even begin as this chapter is massive! Mireille gives us tips on buying, storing, tasting, and enjoying wine. She also gives us some guidelines on food/wine pairings but of course, her personal preference is that champagne goes with practically everything! What I love about this chapter is she makes buying wine so un-intimidating. Just buy a bottle, make a great dinner, drink the wine with food and see how you like it! That, in my opinion, is a great place to start. One can delve into wine however deeply they want to and she gives you the tools to start, but at the very beginning, just drink some and see how you like it. How simple does that get?
Chapter 7: Recevoir: Entertaining a la Francaise
Mireille gives us great and simple recipes in this chapter that are "company worthy". She also gives great ideas for hosting different types of get-togethers. Entertaining need not be a stressful or budget straining thing, it is merely a time to get together with friends and enjoy each others company.
A Bientot: A Little French Lesson
Very concisely, Mireille sums up her philosophies of French living by translating a few choice French phrases. This chapter is great when you need a little reminder of how to pursue you joie de vivre.
I have so enjoyed our time today in our little sidewalk cafe. As I said before, it is always a little sad when we finish a book, but I am looking forward to our March French Friday discussions! Don't forget to pick up a copy of Mindless Eating, and I will see you here next Friday when we will discuss the Introduction and Chapters 1-3. Until then my lovely French friends, a bientot!