Mem­oir

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Se­crets of a Lazy French Cook Marie-mor­gane Le Moël, Harpercoll­ins, $29.99 Part cook­book but mainly mem­oir, Le Moël’s book puts to rest the myth that all French­women are as­sid­u­ous in the kitchen. From her so­cial­ist up­bring­ing through univer­sity and on to life as a jour­nal­ist, she mixes the vi­gnettes with de­light­fully down-toearth recipes: no mys­ti­fy­ing method, no fancy equip­ment and no baf­flingly ex­otic in­gre­di­ents. The French bits are pi­quant enough but Le Moël re­ally adds spice when she moves to Syd­ney. She serves up a some­times acidic ri­poste to the Aus­tralian out-ofwa­ter in France brigade: our un­writ­ten beach eti­quette, bar­be­cues for Christ­mas (!), stodgy pol­i­tics and the hor­ri­fied re­ac­tion to foie gras. A light repast of in­sight and ex­cla­ma­tion. Shel­ley Or­chard *Spe­cial reader of­fer $19.95 at News Shop, 31 Way­mouth St, city.

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