Monday, 4 June 2012

TMTM Book Club Selection: The Vintage Caper

Peter Mayle's THE VINTAGE CAPER is the next selection for the TMTM Book Club. Join us in reading this light summer treat by the author of A Year in Province and many other books set in his favourite country, France.  This Brit has been award many prizes including the Legion d'Honneur from the French government, which is understandable given that he has successfully lured many oenophiles and would-be oenophiles and gourmands to various parts of France with his descriptions of food and wine. So far, I have only been able to partake vicariously through his books. No one else can make our mouths water for delicately prepared offal and temp our olfactory and unseasoned palettes with wines whose bouquets we can almost smell wafting from the pages. And where there is wine, there is always cheese, but I digress.  This wonderful caper moves quickly from the sweet life of L.A's elite to the the vineyards of Bordeaux and the port city of Marseilles, contrasting the particular cultures of each area through food and beverage, language, style and manners.  Taking us through this flavourful journey is ex-lawyer, Sydney Levitt, who agrees to find the voleur behind the theft of 2.5 million dollars (or is it 3 million dollars? Hmm.) worth of wine. Like Mayle's other books, cherchez la femme. In this case, the femme is the French Sophie, "a prime example of bon chic bon genre" or "BCBG" who acts as Peter's entre into some of the best eateries and wine cellars in France.

TMTM Book Club Discussion Date: Saturday, July 7, 1-2pm on CIUT 89.5 FM or
Available in book, or CD at the Toronto Public Library:
Free to borrow with a library card. If you do not have a library card, go to any branch with a piece of ID that shows your address, or a letter mailed to you at your current address and get a card. You can then place an order for the book to be delivered to your local branch.

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