An entertaining memoir of the long and hungry road one couple made to fulfill their dream. Tom Higgins writes in an anecdotal style filled with humor. His stories of French bank managers, petit bureaucrats and construction workers are an amusing glimpse into French daily life. But the difficulties and financial risks of doing business in a foreign country--not to mention the language barrier (Higgins and his wife are British) and the exhausting hours--are offset by living in Lyon and the beautiful countryside that surrounds it; planning meals, shopping the terrific local markets for fresh ingredients; visiting nearby vineyards to stock cellar and kitchen; and, in the end, getting a good reputation and a steadily growing clientele. And Tom includes a dozen of his favorite recipes, including one for that English pudding-of-all-puddings, Spotted Dick.
"After Peter Mayle comes Tom Higgins in Lyon, who has done a typically mad English thing: opened an English restaurant in Lyon...Delightful reading."--BBC Good Food
"I would never have believed that anything could make me want to go eat English food in Lyon, but Higgins' delightful book has done so."--Mimi Sheraton