Peter Mayle’s Richly Appetizing Advice for a Life Lived

“The year began with lunch.” Like many opportunists in the London real estate market, the Travel Book section in my favorite London bookstore recently upgraded its residence, upsizing from a tucked-away shelf to a kiosk in the center of the room. These blithesome books command more space—and better space—than actual travel books that will actually tell you where to travel and actually tell you how to get there. I’m skeptical. I don’t adore the travel writing genre. Too many lemons, spice bazaars, and, frankly, too damn much solipsistic reflection of other people’s selves as they experience travel. Except one that I return to once a year. The book, not the place. Because it isn’t really [...] Continue reading


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