We are saddened to learn Peter Mayle, author of A Year In Provence (6 million copies sold in 40 languages!), has passed away today. He was 78. Mayle was a lover of dogs, France and good food – and we aspire to live the good life similar to the way he did. His books caused legions of folks to fall in love with Provence and he was a recipient of the Légion d’Honneur from the French government for his cultural contributions. If you haven’t read him before dive in with either A Year in Provence or French Lessons, an entertaining look at food, drink and culture in France. We also highly recommend Encore Provence and Toujours Provence for whiling away a weekend reading.