A French cheesemonger and an American academic join forces to serve up a sumptuous history of France and its food, in the delicious tradition of Anthony Bourdain, Peter Mayle, and Pamela Druckerman.Nearly 3 million Americans visit France every year, in addition to the more than 150,000 American expatriates who live there. Numerous bestselling books attest to American Francophilia, to say nothing of bestselling cookbooks, like those of Julia Child and Paula Wolfert. Now, husband-and-wife team Stephane Henaut and Jeni Mitchell give us the rich history behind the foodfrom Roquefort and absinthe to couscous and Calvados. The tales in A Bite-Sized History of France will delight and edify even the most seasoned lovers of food, history, and all things French.From the crpe that doomed Napoleon to the new foods borne of crusades and colonization to the rebellions sparked by bread and salt, the history of Francefrom the Roman era to modern timesis intimately entwined with its gastronomic pursuit...
|Title||:||A Bite-Sized History of France: Delicious, Gastronomic Tales of Revolution, War, and Enlightenment|
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|Number of Pages||:||475 pages|
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A Bite-Sized History of France: Delicious, Gastronomic Tales of Revolution, War, and Enlightenment Reviews
I received a copy of this book via Netgalley.
The book proposes to tell the vast and complex history of France through its foods, and it succeeds. As a foodie and a history buff, I found the approach fascinating and amusing. The authors directly confront the contemporary insistence of the far-right that France's foods should be kept "French" by emphasizing that most every food France is known for has a lineage in ingredients or innovations from elsewhere. The history begins with Rome and its infl ...more
Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book previous publication in exchange for an honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as I thought I would, because it belongs to my favourite literary subgenre: people who tell me a variety of things I don't know. I love stories, history, France and food, so this had the perfect recipe for sucess. It is amusing and entertaining, and very interesting. It is far from being an academic treatise on French gastronomy, and has no pretense ...more
The more I read this book the more hungry I got :) Also, it was impossible to read this book without a glass of French wine.
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I have a confession to make: while I read this book I ate unprecedented amounts of French cheeses: Brie, Camembert and a variety of blue cheeses. The temptation was too great. Fortunately, I wasn’t on a diet, but if you are on a diet or plan one you should stay away from this book!
This is a history of France told from the point of view of a total gourm ...more
What a fascinating book this was! It's bite-sized in title only - it's actually a thorough, comprehensive, fantastically prepared history of France from the ancients to the current day, told with an eye to how history impacted the French gustatory and libation environment. It's well-written and -researched and thoroughly entertaining, as well as highly informative. It was an excellent find!
My review copy was provided by NetGalley.
This is a fun book with short chapters digging in to the culinary history of France--linking the Muslim invasion of the 8th century with goat cheese, Louis Xiv and his fondness for oranges (not Dutch people, oranges), the French Revolution and bread riots, the olive oil/butter and chocolate/coffee lines of demarcation in early modern Europe, the mother sauces and Julia Child's friend Simca and her dynastic connection to making Benedictine (and her use of this knowledge to aid her family's WWII s ...more
A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history.
I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly recommended!
This is a fun little read for anyone who loves the history of food. French cuisine is hailed as on of the hardest and most revered cuisines in all the world. This book follows French food and it's advances from the Roman invasion to Julia Child's benedictine. It is one that will have you looking up recipes and grabbing some cheese and wine out of the fridge as you follow the next chapter.
This was so much fun, i kept reading sections to whoever was in the area and it made me sooo hungry and thirsty. Well written, easy to quote or drop bits from at a bar and the weirdest thing - the notes are great! The book is almost an aphrodisiac.