Synopses & Reviews
When one thinks of great food, one invariably thinks of France. After all, this is the birthplace of some of the world's greatest chefs, such as Auguste D'Escoffier, and a major influence on many others, such as Julia Child. THE FOOD OF FRANCE is the second in a series of richly photographed cookbooks that examines the food of different countries. Lush images and information on France and its internationally renowned gastronomic culture make this book much more than a cookbook. Pictorial essays presented in gatefold spreads highlight food journeys that share the traditions behind France's best-known exports, including cheese and pastries. A glossary of French food and cooking terms will help transform a family meal into haute cuisine.
A celebration of French cuisine and of the French soul from a culinary adventurer who made his mark decades before Anthony Bourdain arrived on the scene.
Traveling through the provinces, cities, and remote country towns that make up France, Waverley Root discovers not only the Calvados and Camembert cheese of Normandy, the haute cuisine of Paris, and the hearty bouillabaisse of Marseilles, but also the local histories, customs, and geographies that shape the French national character.
Here are the origins of the Plantagenet kings and Rabelais s favorite truffle-flavored sausages, and the tale of how the kitchens of Versailles cooked for one thousand aristocrats and four thousand servants in a single day. Here, too, are notes on the proper time of year to harvest snails; the Moorish influences on the confections of the Pyrenees, where the plumpest geese are raised; and the age of the oldest olive tree in Provence. In short, here is France for the chef, the traveler, and the connoisseur of fine prose, with maps and line drawings throughout."
Embraces not only the marvels of French cooking but French history, language, landscape, and customs as well. Here is France for the traveler, the chef, and the connoisseur of fine prose. Maps and b & w line drawings throughout.