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Summary

The nation’s ‘taster in chief’ cycles 3,500km across France in search of the definitive versions of classic French dishes.

One of the chief pleasures of cycling, apart from the thrill of freedom it gives you, is stopping for lunch, so ravenous you inhale the bread basket before they’ve even had time to bring over your beer. And France is a country whose roads, so straight and smooth and quiet, seem designed for cycling, and whose hearty provincial cooking, whether that’s Moules Frites or Boeuf Bourguignon, makes the perfect fuel for it. To be hungry in France is to be fortunate indeed.

One More Croissant for the Road sees ‘the nation’s taster in chief’ Felicity Cloake embark on the trip of a lifetime, cycling 3,500km across France in search of the definitive versions of classic French dishes. Felicity has long established herself as an absolute authority on everything that is important about food. This lively and charming account of her search for the ultimate Quiche Lorraine, la meilleure Tarte Tatin and a Cassoulet par excellence culminates in a triumphant two-wheeled tour of Paris’ boulangeries in pursuit of France’s finest croissant. Accompanied by charming line illustrations, each chapter concludes with Felicity putting this newfound knowledge to good use in a new ‘perfect’ recipe for each dish, the conclusion of her rigorous and thorough investigative work on behalf of all our taste buds.

Felicity Cloake is the author of the Guardian’s long-running weekly column How to Cook the Perfect.... as well as having been the New Statesman’s food columnist since 2011 and the author of four books with Fig Tree. She was named Cookery Journalist of the Year at the 2016 Fortnum & Mason awards and won the Cookery Journalist of the Year and New Media trophies at the 2011 Guild of Food Writers awards.

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©2019 Felicity Cloake (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

“The nation’s taster-in-chief belongs unequivocally to Felicity Cloake.” (The Daily Mail)

"Fantastic recipes that work." (India Knight) 

"Felicity Cloake has taken on the role of culinary magpie, picking up gems of kitchen wisdom from established writers and using them to produce a collection of nearly 70 classic, dependable recipes. Felicity is both meticulous and generous in crediting her sources, weaving the tips and hints of others into her own exacting recipes, making them all more practical and trustworthy. If you need a sound and workable recipe for anything from custard to cottage pie, then this is your book." (Nigel Slater) 

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Delicious road trip

I usually listen to psychological thrillers but this was a lovely palette cleanser.
It’s part travelogue, part food history and part recipe book. Chapters were about half an hour long, each dealing with a regional speciality (some delicious, some rather grim).
Fascinating and great to dip in to, the author recounts the ups and downs of an amazing foodie trip, and an impressive cycling feat, without being too chipper or annoying.
It’s packed full of information but written with a lightness of touch, and very funny in places too.
You get a pdf of all the recipes but I’m tempted to buy the book as it has gorgeous illustrations.

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Fabulous, someone who see France as I do

Just what I needed during this long dark lockdown. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone talk about France and their love of it in such a perfect way. It’s everything that I love about the country. It made me smile and laugh a lot.

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absolutely wonderful

god this made me very hungry and happy, it made me feel like I was on a journey with her. highly recommend.

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Such fun! Engaging and well written / read.

Very much enjoyed this, I learnt things about cycling, food and France and even as a vegetarian loved all her foodie adventures. Light, engaging and fun - I’d recommend it and will listen to it again I’m sure.

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hilarious tour of france

Loved it, really funny, loved the recipes at the end of every chapter. You need to have food around when listening though as it make you very hungry.

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Better In hard copy

I think this, was OK and entertaining but would be better read as a book due to recipes.

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tasty and fun!

the ideal lockdown treat for anyone pining for la belle france and the secret of that perfect croissant!
HIGHLY recommended!

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Entertaining

Good to listen to, following the route around France was fun. Enjoyed all the book.

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Felt like hearing about a Friend's adventure

I really enjoyed this book. Listening to it felt like your were enjoying a drink with a friend who was telling you about a foodie adventure they had recently had on a bike in France. France seems a universe away in lock down but so many places I now want to visit when possible.

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such a wonderful read

Absolutely fantastic book and even better that the audio version is ready by Felicity herself.