This is the story of an American woman's 30-year foray into the often byzantine world of French cuisine. With a style that is part M.F.K. Fisher, part Irma Bombeck, Rochefort answers such pressing questions as: Do you really make two four-course meals every day? How do the French stay so slim? How can they eat all those disgusting body parts? Rochefort shares the intimate details of her culinary progression including her most impressive disasters (the plastic sandwich fiasco), and yes, her successes. She takes us into French hypermarkets, invites us to join her family for a typical Sunday lunch in the country (seven courses), takes us to a pastry class at Lenotre and introduces us to some nice and some admittedly not-so-nice Parisian waiters. She even reveals a few of the Rochefort family's cherished recipes!