The Second-Worst Restaurant in France (Hardcover)

A Paul Stuart Novel (2)

By Alexander McCall Smith

Pantheon, 9781524748296, 256pp.

Publication Date: July 16, 2019

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Paperback, Large Print (7/16/2019)

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Description

In this delightful sequel to the best-selling comedic novel My Italian Bulldozer, Paul Stuart's travels take him to a French village, where the local restaurant's haute cuisine leaves a lot to be desired.

Renowned Scottish cookbook writer Paul Stuart is hard at work on his new book, The Philosophy of Food, but complicated domestic circumstances, and two clingy cats, are making that difficult.

So when Paul's cousin Chloe suggests that he join her at the house she's rented in the French countryside, he jumps at the chance. The two quickly befriend the locals, including their twin-sister landladies, who also own the infamous local restaurant known to be the second-worst eatery in all of France. During their stay, the restaurant's sole waitress gives birth mid-dinner service and the maitre d' storms off after fighting with the head chef. Paul is soon drafted to improve the gastronomy of the village, which Chloe, ever on the hunt for her next romance, busies herself with distracting the handsome but incompetent chef. Could he be husband number six?

With all this local drama to deal with, Paul finds it next to impossible to focus on his writing, and that's before he learns that Chloe's past is far more complicated than he'd ever imagined. Paul will have to call upon al his experience—with food and with people—to bring order back to the village. And he may just learn something about family—and about himself— along the way.


About the Author

ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH is the author of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels and eight other series, including the Paul Stuart series as well as several stand-alone books. His works have been translated into more than forty languages and have been best sellers throughout the world. He lives in Scotland.