Duck Season: Eating, Drinking, and Other Misadventures in Gascony--France's Last Best Place


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Harper Perennial
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5.3 X 8.0 X 0.7 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

David McAninch is the features editor at Chicago magazine and was an editor at Saveur for nine years. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, New York magazine, the New York Daily News, Newsday, Rodale's Organic Life, and Departures, among other publications. He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter.


"[McAninch] falls in love with the area in beautiful and unexpected ways... Readers come away with a taste and respect for a regional commodity, a handful of enticing recipes, and a new appreciation for friendships unfettered by origin or boundary." -- Publishers Weekly

"Filled with descriptions of food that will have readers' mouths watering, this book is a heartfelt foray into an often overlooked area of France... McAninch's ode to the people, food, and culture of Gascony is a traveler's delight. Readers will be...ready to hop on a flight to France" -- Booklist

"This is the definitive book on the Gascon spirit...readers of any origin will want to buy a plane ticket to the Southwest of France the minute they put down the book." -- Ariane Daguin, founder and CEO of D'Artagnan Foods and a James Beard Foundation Awards Committee member

"A magical book about an overlooked part of France where the civilized things in life-namely cooking, eating, and gustatory pleasure-take center stage. Duck Season is a heartwarming reminder to celebrate what matters." -- James Oseland, author of the James Beard Award-winning Cradle of Flavor

"With deep knowledge...and a wordsmith's mastery, McAninch unveils the uniqueness of a particular collection of French folks, their kitchens and dining tables, their hills and valleys, and their particular (dare I say peculiar) history, leaving me with a near-insatiable desire to get to know this place firsthand." -- Rick Bayless

"[Duck Season] stimulates our most lustful pleasures, namely, the discovery of a new place through its cuisine...If poetry is to literature what cuisine is to culture, then lusty [Duck Season] offers poetically seductive words." -- Huffington Post

"Employing an embedded journalist's curiosity, a gourmand's appetite and a humorist's light touch, [McAninch] poses ..., 'In an age of globalized everything, is there anyplace left that still feels truly French?' The absolument." -- Mark Adams, author of the New York Times bestsellerTurn Right at Machu Picchu