A Taste of Paris

A Taste of Paris

A History of the Parisian Love Affair With Food

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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Examines the history and geography of Paris to discover what it is about the history of the city that has made it a food lover's paradise.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781250082930
1250082935
Branch Call Number: 394.1209 DOWNIE
Characteristics: xvi, 280 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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Nov 27, 2017

Downie gives a thoroughly enjoyable ramble-rant through millennia of Parisian food history. He takes the reader from the conquest by Julius Caeasar and the creation of "Gallo-Latin" culture, through the later waves of Italian influence through the generations of Medici, and up to the pillars of Haute Cuisine. He is at times snarky (calling Escoffier the "worst thing to happen to French cuisine), at times bristling (when discussing the current trends of molecular and circus-cuisine designed to woo "Millennial-bobos"), and at times gushing about food that tastes like itself and reaches a simple perfection. There is a bit too much insider knowledge assumed - we all haven't had decades to explore the literally thousands of food establishments around Paris - but all in all, an enjoyable and tantalizing read.

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