By David Downie
In his trademark witty and informative kind, David Downie embarks on a quest to find “What is it concerning the historical past of Paris that has made it a nutrition lover’s paradise?” lengthy ahead of Marie Antoinette acknowledged, “Let them consume cake!” (actually, it was once brioche), the Romans of Paris wolfed foie gras, and dwell 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 past nice dinner party at Versailles a 12 months earlier than the Revolution the connoisseur 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 the town, Downie sweeps readers on an insider’s gourmand strolling travel of Paris and its environs in A flavor of Paris, revealing the destinations of Roman butcher retailers, vintage Belle Epoque bistros serving diners this day and Marie Antoinette’s beautiful vegetable backyard that also provides produce, now 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 final word arbiter on this planet of food.
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