What happens when the dream of being a television celebrity chef comes true--and turns out to be a nightmare? Amy Finley tells her story of how her Next Food Network Star fame broke apart her marriage, and how moving to France and cooking and eating with her family every day helped bring them back together.
A professionally trained cook turned stay-at-home mom, Amy Finley decided on a whim to send in an audition tape for Food Network's third season of The Next Food Network Star, and the impossible happened: she won. So why did she walk away from it all?
- While Amy was hoping to bring American families together with her easy "Gourmet Next Door" recipes, she ended up separating from her French husband, Greg, who didn't want to be married to a celebrity. Amy felt betrayed. Why wasn't he supporting her? After all, she was living the dream--or was she? She was famous, cooking for people out there in TV land, in thirty minutes, on a kitchen set...instead of cooking and eating with her own family at home. With her contract with Food Network fulfilled, she made the controversial decision to leave her budding television career behind and save her marriage instead.
- In a desperate effort to work things out, she and Greg moved the family to France, where they had first met and fallen in love. How to Eat a Small Country is Amy's personal story of her rewarding struggle to reconnect through the simple, everyday act of cooking and eating together. From a face-to-face with the cute, little bunny destined to become their traditional Burgundian dinner of lapin à la moutarde to battling illness after a bad batch of bouillabaisse, and as they wind their way on side trips around rural France, they gradually reweave the fabric of their family. How to Eat a Small Country is a triumphant and endearing tale of the heart-wrenching, food-filled journey that one couple takes to stay together.