How to Eat a Small Country: A Family's Pursuit of Happiness, One Meal at a Time
How to Eat a Small Country shares a few key traits with Elizabeth Gilberts Eat, Pray, Love in particular an infectiously likeable narrator and mouthwatering descriptions of European food. But Finleys memoir is less precious, more honest, and ultimately more rewarding. -- Boston Globe
Aprofessionally trained cook turnedstay-at-home mom, Amy Finley decided on a whim to send in an audition tape for season three of The Next Food Network Star, and the impossible happened: she won. So why did she walk away from it all? A triumphant and endearing tale of family, food, and France, Amys story is an inspiring read for women everywhere.
While Amy was hoping to bring American families together with her simple Gourmet Next Door recipes, she ended up separating from her French husband, Greg, who didnt want to be married to a celebrity. Amy felt betrayed. She was living a dreamor was she? She was becoming 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.
In a desperate effort to work things out, Amy makes the controversial decision to leave her budding television career behind and move her family to France, where she and Greg lived after they first met and fell in love. How to Eat a Small Country is Amys personal story of her rewarding struggle to reunite through the simple, everyday act of cooking and eating together. Meals play a central role in Amys new life, from meeting the bunny destined to become their classic Burgundian dinner of lapin la moutarde to dealing with the aftermath of a bouillabaisse binge. And as she, Greg, and their two young children wend their way through rural France, they gradually reweave the fabric of their family.
At times humorous and heart-wrenching, and always captivating and delicious, How to Eat a Small Country chronicles the food-filled journey that one couple takes to stay together.