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Dec 9, 2001 10:10 PM

the auberge of the flowering hearth

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Some of you may be familiar with the book by DeGroot which gloriously celebrates the cooking of this quasi-mythical restaurant in the town of St.-Pierre-de-Chartreuse, located in the Grenoble region of France. Though the book itself is nearly thirty years old and Degroot himself warns that the Auberge is more a state-of-mind than an actuality (like Camelot or Atlantis), I'm trying to find out if anyone has, in reality, eaten there ( the auberge exists---Michelin lists it) and what they thought of the place.
Any information will be appreciated as I am planning a trip in the near future to that part of the world.

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  1. I drove up to the Auberge in 1971. Very arduous drive to very isolated place. Neat and good. de Groot actually wrote about it a few years before the book and recorded his meals there and that's why I sought it out. Definitely not fictitious.Please no correspondence.