The Second-worst Restaurant in France

The Second-worst Restaurant in France

Book - 2019
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Renowned cookbook writer Paul Stuart has returned to Scotland to work on his new book. Writing, though, is complicated by Paul's changed domestic circumstances. 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.
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780735277977
Characteristics: 245 pages ;,23 cm.

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pokano
Dec 30, 2019

This is the second in the series that began with My Italian Bulldozer. Paul Stuart goes to France at the invitation of his older cousin, the mysterious Chloe, to find peace and quiet so that he can finish his book on the philosophy of food. They dine at the second worst restaurant in France, where Paul predictably gets food poisoning. The book proceeds fairly slowly until about the last third, but even then, this book is not one of McCall Smith's best.

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islandqueen47
Nov 04, 2019

I always enjoy AMCS's books despite some of them being rather slow. However halfway through, I am getting tired of the Chloe character in this story. She is very full of herself and sometimes should just 'SHUT UP'.

JessicaGma Sep 18, 2019

I liked this sequel to "My Italian Bulldozer" even better than the first book. I found Cousin Chloe to be the more interesting character here. It's the gentle style AMCS is known for, so it's just a delight of a novel

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maipenrai
Sep 10, 2019

Not my favorite McCall Smith book. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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shilohsmom
Sep 06, 2019

I was looking forward to this book as I enjoyed the first in the series but I was disappointed. Slow-moving even by this author's standards I got a third of the way in and found myself not interested enough to go any further. The author did, however, get the Siamese cats right. Other than that, skip this offering by this popular author.

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tjdickey
Aug 05, 2019

I have heard McCall Smith's work described as a warm blanket for the soul, and his writing always tends to leave us smiling and happier about even the silliest things that humans do to one another. Here Paul Stuart, the "well-known food writer, celebrated cook, and a kind but slightly accident-prone man" explores the cuisines of France, in the second installment of a new series (after the hilarious "My Italian Bulldozer").

debwalker Jul 26, 2019

A jaunt to a French village with McCall Smith.

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