I thought this was a very good book too. I read 'Burgundy Stars', where the author just mentions Loiseau's depression briefly while detailing life at the Cote d'Or, and Chelminski's 'The French at Table' -- both are terrific. I have always wondered how Loiseau's manic depression could have been so passed over by the folks around him? Sometimes you hear folks say 'we never had any idea'. But in Loiseau's case, folks really did know he was in a bad way. In any case, it is a great book, I agree.