Thursday, January 05, 2012

REVIEW: “Love, God and the Art of French Cooking” by James F. Twyman

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to James F. Twyman and Amazon Vine Program for sending me a copy of "Love, God and the Art of French Cooking" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

James F. Twyman’s “Love, God and the Art of French Cooking” is a charming and honest memoir of the author’s stay at a Canadian Bed and Breakfast where he encountered and confronted several truths revealed to him by the chef (Roger Dufau). It is an intimate look at the author’s journal of his travels and life. The characters almost beg to be made into a Neil Simon-esque play. Several parts feel more new-age spiritual and less godly spiritual, but the overall concepts are definitely godly in nature.

I particularly appreciated the “Alice in Wonderland” poem. I want to not only write it in my Bible and in cards to my husband. The “An American in Paris” poem is another keeper and something I’d write to several loved ones. I enjoyed going online to visit the Drew House (Canadian B&B) website. I can see how such a breathtakingly beautiful place would inspire such deep thoughts and soul-searching. I was disappointed that I couldn’t find the You Tube videos of James and Roger cooking. Overall, this wonderful book leaves me feeling as if I’ve experienced my own catharsis simply by ingesting its words.

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