Plats du Jour is an attempt to answer that question, as William Black explores the highways and byways of French cooking. Taking as his starting point the great tradition of French food, William tackles years of received wisdom and parochial food snobbery head on, though with his mind (and his mouth) firmly open... He eats tête de veau and fried cow's udder with his French wife's family near Orléans. He samples the dubious (and illegal) delights of ortolan in the south west and has the most painfully disappointing gastronomic experience of his life. He combs the beaches of Brittany for seafood and is chased away from a festival by an enraged Basque villager. His dedication to the culinary cause knows few bounds.
Plats du Jour is a book which the French aren't going to like very much. That said, it's a highly entertaining and irreverent look at the world's greatest culinary tradition which will be required reading for anyone with an interest in food and cooking...
Imagine his surprise when they kidnap him.
Set in the Scottish Highlands, THE SECOND SIGHT is a period mystery that features Henry, a young Victorian man so enamored of modern science, that he's blind to its limitations.
When his father is lost at sea, Henry must venture into the Otherworld to find him. The spirit of Henry's drowned cousin and the beguiling queen of the glen faeries guide his quest. Old friends join as well: a farmer prone to fistfights, and a woman determined to attend university.
Along the way, they encounter creatures of Gaelic lore, only to triumph with a magic of their owna belief in each other.