Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Mouse-Proof Kitchen by Saira Shah

Anna, a chef, and her husband, Tobias, look forward to fulfilling a dream by moving from London to Provence after their daughter is born. But when Freya arrives severely disabled, they are forced to re-evaluate their plans and come to terms with the fact that their lives are going to be very different than they expected.  Anna and Tobias end up buying a rambling rundown farmhouse in a rural French town that's filled with vermin but has loads of character. The colorful locals embrace the family, yet Anna and Tobias find themselves growing apart because of their differing emotions towards Freya and what kind of life they want for her.  While the plot might sound serious, it's not depressing because Shah fills her book with love and emotion along with a great sense of place and mouthwatering descriptions of the food Anna prepares from local ingredients--mostly from the land around her home.  A memorable read.

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