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A Secret Kept

by Tatiana de Rosnay

A Secret Kept
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    Sep 2010, 320 pages
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    Sep 2011, 320 pages

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Noirmoutier

A Secret Kept is set primarily in Paris and Noirmoutier (pronounced "nwar mooteeay"), an island off the Atlantic coast of France in the Loire region. A popular tourist destination for both beach-lovers and history buffs, Ile de Noirmoutier (literally 'island of black monastery') has several claims to fame:

It is home to La Bonnotte, the world's most expensive potato. The carefully controlled crop is harvested by hand in the first week of May and is sold to restaurants and foodies across Europe. If you look up La Bonnotte online you'll find a multitude of websites ready to tell you that they sell for €500 or more a kilo. These reports should be taken with a strong pinch of salt. The reality is that occasional bags have sold for as much as €3000 at charity auctions, but the island's tourism board tells us that the crop is sold for around €3-€4 per kilo (about US$2-$3 per lb) - which is still a lot to pay for a bag of spuds especially by the time they've been ...

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