Listen While You Bake: My Twenty-Five Years in Provence from Penguin Random House


There are many reasons why we bake; to create something delicious, to feed others, or simply to relax at the end of a long day. But above all, baking satisfies a basic craving to escape into a world of butter, sugar, and dough. Now, we’re combining our two favorite forms of escapism, baking and absorbing ourselves in compelling literature. 

We’re big bibliophiles here at Bake from Scratch, and we’ve turned again and again to Penguin Random House Audio for our audiobook fix. Penguin Random House Audio is a producer of top-quality fiction and nonfiction audiobooks written and read by the best in the business, and no matter your taste in books, they have the perfect listening suggestion for you.

Right now we’re loving My Twenty-Five Years in Provence by Peter Mayle.

Francophiles are surely familiar with Mayle’s volume of work, as he time and again brought the Provence landscape to life via his thoughtful memoirs. His musings on the food, culture and lifestyle of Provence no doubt inspired many a reader to book the next flight to Marseille. 

Now comes Mayle’s magnum opus, My Twenty-Five Years in Provence,  the complete collection of his numerous adventures while living in the South of France. In the audiobook, Mayle opines on lessons he learned, the cuisine he enjoyed, and the changes he witnessed over the his final quarter century in Provence. With a nod to the Provencal love of anecdote, Mayle’s stories are full of the signature wit and humor his readers have come to know and love. His Anglais approach to the French laissez-faire lifestyle will charm all who listen.

A perfect pairing for My Twenty-Five Years in Provence is our Tarte au Citron with Pine Nut Crust. Rosemary adds a subtle savory note behind the sweetness of this tart dough, while the punch of Meyer lemon perfectly complements the mellow flavor of roasted pine nuts. As you press in your nutty crust and juice your lemons, let Peter Mayle join you in the kitchen.

He’ll regale you with tales of ancient lavender fields in Luberon and the best bite of Bouillabaisse you can get in Marseille.

Brioche au Chocolat

Bake your way through each chapter with our Provence recipe collection, starting with the Tarte au Citron and finishing with the Star Anise Sparkler. As a bonus, make the recipe for the most famous of French breads: Brioche

With a slice of our Brioche au Chocolat on your table and Peter as your companion, you’ll be fully transported to the sun-washed villages of Provence, no plane ticket required. Come with us on this full-sensory experience. It’s not just an escape; it’s an adventure.

P.S. If memoirs aren’t your thing, Penguin Random House has thousands of other audio titles—from thrillers to romances—that are sure whisk you away to another world! Try two of our favorites: An Unwanted Guest or The Garden Party.

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