By David Downie
In his trademark witty and informative type, David Downie embarks on a quest to find “What is it in regards to the historical past of Paris that has made it a meals lover’s paradise?” lengthy prior to Marie Antoinette stated, “Let them devour cake!” (actually, it was once brioche), the Romans of Paris wolfed 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 dinner party at Versailles a yr sooner than the Revolution the connoisseur Louis XVI savored thirty-two major dishes and 16 muffins; but, in 1812, Grimod de l. a. Reynière, the daddy of French gastronomy, regaled site visitors with fifty-two classes, fifteen wines, 3 sorts of espresso, and seventeen liqueurs.
Following the contours of historical past and the geography of the 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 outlets, 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 trendy eating place contained in the palace of Versailles. alongside the way in which, readers study why the wealthy culinary history of France nonetheless makes Paris the final word arbiter on the earth of food.
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