Chez Moi

Agnès Desarthe

Published: 6 April 2009
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 272 pages
ISBN: 9781846271021


Myriam's decision to open a restaurant in her Paris flat is characteristically unexpected and transforms her life in a curious way. For six years, Myriam has been living in self-imposed exile, cut off from her cool, reserved husband and from her son, and the opening night of Chez Moi is typically desolate. But little by little, Myriam's mouth-watering dishes draw people in, first the florist from across the road, followed by the school children tempted by a four-euro lunch, and then Ben, the most unflappable and devoted of waiters. As the restaurant sizzles towards success, figures and feelings from Myriam's past also begin to emerge, gradually reawakening her appetite for life, both the bitter and the sweet. Simmering with stories, recipes, observations and dreams, Chez Moi serves up a painfully adult story, with an irresistible sprinkling of wonder and magic.

About the author

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Agnés Desathe was born in Paris in 1966 and has written many books for children and teenagers, as well as adult fiction. She won the Prix du Livre Inter in 1996 for Un Secret sans importance and has had two previous novels translated into English: Five Photos of My Wife (Flamingo, 2001), which was short-listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the Jewish Quarterly Fiction Prize, and Good Intentions (Flamingo, 2002). More about the author


Chez Moi is a delectable confection of renewal and hope, peppered by surprises and sweetened by friendship, set in a little restaurant in Paris. Agnes Desarthe's mouth-watering novel, like an innovative menu, introduces scenes and sorrows and characters in unexpected flavors; culinary ingredients rush by in flurries of musical aromas. The pages beg to be licked!’ Cynthia Ozick



Chez Moi is full of surprises and delights. Myriam is the sort of friend we'd all like to have - smart and determined, eccentric and brave - a person who will serve you fine coffee and praline raspberry mousse while she listens to your story. Her own story will catch your attention and make you want to linger in her restaurant over yet another cup of coffee, and then one more’ Kim Edwards, author of THE MEMORY KEEPER'S DAUGHTER

Chez Moi by Agnès Desarthe is a sweet story, peppered with recipes, about a woman who leaves the circus and opens a restaurant in her home’

Chez Moi will give you cravings. You can't eat the book, but do read it. It's full of tasty pleasures and zero calories’

‘An uplifting read for anyone who loved Chocolat or Babette's FeastKate Figes

‘Desarthe is a charming writer who seasons Chez Moi with typical Gallic spices: gentle philosophy, romance and a lot of emotional redemption through good food. It's light but it draws you in, like the aroma of a bubbling saucepan’ Natalie Whittle

‘Riveting’ Claudia Roden

‘The charm flows and recipes entice but we savour far more spice than schmaltz’ Boyd Tonkin

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