I enjoyed the research I did in France for Lilac Girls. But Anis restaurant right here in Atlanta, owned by the wonderful Arnaud Michel (above) served as a huge inspiration as well. I spent so many lunches and dinners there, soaking up the ambiance (and the delicious sauces) that the flavor of Anis found its way into the novel.
If you find yourself in Atlanta and want to be instantly transported to Provence or feel a sudden craving for Trout Meuniere or fabulous mussels in garlic broth head for Anis Bistro. It’s a most delicious form of research.