A Taste of Paris: A History of the Parisian Love Affair with by David Downie

By David Downie

In his trademark witty and informative type, David Downie embarks on a quest to find “What is it concerning the heritage of Paris that has made it a foodstuff lover’s paradise?” lengthy sooner than Marie Antoinette stated, “Let them devour cake!” (actually, it was once brioche), the Romans of Paris gobbled foie gras, and stay oysters rushed in from the Atlantic; one Medieval cookbook describes a thirty-two half meal that includes hare stew, eel soup, and honeyed wine; over the last nice ceremonial dinner at Versailles a 12 months ahead of the Revolution the gourmet Louis XVI savored thirty-two major dishes and 16 muffins; but, in 1812, Grimod de los angeles Reynière, the daddy of French gastronomy, regaled visitors with fifty-two classes, fifteen wines, 3 kinds of espresso, and seventeen liqueurs.

Following the contours of heritage and the geography of town, Downie sweeps readers on an insider’s gourmand jogging travel of Paris and its environs in A style of Paris, revealing the destinations of Roman butcher retailers, vintage Belle Epoque bistros serving diners at the present time and Marie Antoinette’s beautiful vegetable backyard that also provides produce, not to the unlucky queen, yet to the mythical Alain Ducasse and his fashionable eating place contained in the palace of Versailles. alongside the best way, readers examine why the wealthy culinary history of France nonetheless makes Paris the last word arbiter on this planet of food.

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