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Publisher's Summary

In a delightful sequel to the best-selling comedic novel My Italian Bulldozer, we are in a French village where the local restaurant's haute cuisine leaves a lot to be desired - and two books into an astounding ninth series from one of our most beloved authors.

Renowned cookbook writer Paul Stuart, renewed and refreshed from his time in Tuscany, has returned to Scotland to work on his new book, The Philosophy of Food in Six Easy Chapters. Writing, though, is complicated by Paul's changed domestic circumstances. His editor and new girlfriend, Gloria, has moved in with him despite not being specifically invited, and she's brought her two rather demanding Siamese cats. When Paul's cousin, Chloe, suggests Paul visit her in the French countryside, Paul jumps at the chance. However, once he arrives, he finds his fortunes tangled up with the infamous local restaurant that gives the book its title. 

In this story about a man who prides himself on his taste finding delight in the most unexpected places, we have Alexander McCall Smith at his most witty and charming.

©2019 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Well done.

Very engaging with excellent descriptions and thought-proving facts. The ending was not entirely as I expected, but that is the author's prerogative. I enjoyed the journey.

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  • Judy
  • 2019-09-26

it was never amazing, but consistently enjoyable.

I'm happy that I heard it. I liked it enough that I would like to hear more about all the characters. Nothing was riveting, but it was like having a bunch of new casual friends.

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  • Gerald Mullen
  • 2019-08-04

Delightful

Sweet story of humanity. A desire to live in a world of kindness-all of the time.

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  • Lawrence McGill
  • 2019-07-22

fun

Made for a most enjoyable two day car trip! Great characters with
a few nice twists. Very funny over all. The reader does a great job.

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  • A. D. Wallace
  • 2019-09-06

Loved it even more so than Bulldozer!

Loved the characters, performance, and I hope we see Chloe again! The tone and cadeance of book is wonderful.

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  • Ms Peach
  • 2019-09-05

Marvelous

This series is magical. The characters are beguiling. I loved cousin Chole! The narration was outstanding.

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  • Susan E. Steinhaus
  • 2020-05-06

Great Show

I think hearing this was lots more fun than simply reading it would be. The narrator did an excellent job with the wide variety of accents. In this pandemic time I have started “listening myself to sleep”. It has helped me immensely. This was a simple enough story that I could always track myself back to the last line I remembered and easily catch up. Good book for these trying times.

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  • -g
  • 2020-11-14

it's a dialogue heavy book

apparently this is a series but I haven't read any of the other ones. the plot is very dialogue heavy and sometimes it's hard to tell characters apart due to the narrator.

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  • 2020-03-18

Wonderful

I was definitely surprised by this book. I found it very engaging and was sad to have it end. I will definitely look for this author again. The performance was like listening to Sean Connery speak. And, what woman could resist that.

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  • Quinn
  • 2019-12-30

Boring!!

Took a chance with this book because of a few reviews. Omg, so boring; had to return.

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  • Toana
  • 2020-04-06

Smith is usually better.

Most of the time I was wondering what is this story all about. Very anticlimactic as well

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