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A Taste of Paris: A History of the Parisian Love Affair with Food From the critically acclaimed author of PARIS, PARIS and A PASSION FOR PARIS, comes a delectable culinary history of the gastronomic capital of the worldIn his trademark witty and informative style, David Downie embarks on a quest to discover What is it about the history of Paris that has made it a food lover s paradise Long before Marie Antoinette said, Let them eat cake actually, it was brioche , the Romans of Paris devoured foie gras, and live oysters rushed in from the Atlantic one Medieval cookbook describes a thirty two part meal featuring hare stew, eel soup, and honeyed wine during the last great banquet at Versailles a year before the Revolution the gourmand Louis XVI savored thirty two main dishes and sixteen desserts yet, in , Grimod de la Reyni re, the father of French gastronomy, regaled guests with fifty two courses, fifteen wines, three types of coffee, and seventeen liqueursFollowing the contours of history and the geography of the city, Downie sweeps readers on an insider s gourmet walking tour of Paris and its environs, revealing the locations of Roman butcher shops, classic Belle Epoque bistros serving diners today and Marie Antoinette s exquisite vegetable garden that still supplies produce, no longer to the unfortunate queen, but to the legendary Alain Ducasse and his stylish restaurant inside the palace of Versailles Along the way, readers learn why the rich culinary heritage of France still makes Paris the ultimate arbiter in the world of food

10 thoughts on “A Taste of Paris: A History of the Parisian Love Affair with Food

  1. ❀⊱RoryReads⊰❀ ❀⊱RoryReads⊰❀ says:

    I love French food and Paris so I was looking forward to reading this book Unfortunately, the egocentric, I, I, I, writing style got on my nerves There were multiple times when I thought the author needed to bedetailed and thorough with descriptions of the city and it s history Unless you are already familiar with Paris, this book won t be of muc

  2. Caitlin Caitlin says:

    Thank you to St Martin s Press and David Downie for the free advance copy Part travelogue, part history book and part humourless self aggrandizement, this book purports to take you through the streets of Paris to the best restaurants most evocative of different periods of the city s culinary history.I did not enjoy this book The pretentiousness bl

  3. Jessie Jessie says:

    Read our author interview here ve long loved David Downie s books on Paris, for their illumination of a city so many people love He is a consummate researcher, his books brimming with details I d never known before, but he s also a storyteller I can t put his books down So let me share his new book as always, I stayed up WAY too late reading it , A

  4. Elatia Elatia says:

    From myreview, It was not by accident that Paris became the world capital of gastronomy But how did it happen David Downie, who in his marvelous books has walked you all the way around the City of Light, now walks you back in time to her secret history, through the centuries long saga of how Paris was fed The logistics are staggering, the characters

  5. John-andrew John-andrew says:

    What could have been a fun, entertaining book about Paris s culinary history turned out to be Downie wallowing in a poor understanding of science GMO s aren t bad for you while organic isn t necessarily better MSG isn t a boogeyman, either , modernist cuisine nobody who cooks calls it molecular gastronomy any, and it s a movement already long past go

  6. Jeanne Grace Jeanne Grace says:

    I received an Advanced Reader Copy from Goodreads Giveaway and St Martin s Press I was really looking forward to reading this book It was a immense struggle to read I was looking forward to the Parisian history of food, however, I got a historic view of Paris with some food thrown in The history given in this book was amazing and should have been prom

  7. Jonell Galloway Jonell Galloway says:

    I loved everything about this book the humor, the insight, the history Even if you re not a foodista and you don t love history, there s no better book to walk you through the culinary evolution of Parisian cuisine, from the Greeks and Romans and Russians to modern day.

  8. Amy Amy says:

    This book was a surprise freebie with my bookstore clearance section purchase a few months ago I was excited to read it initially since it s a cultural history of food restaurants in Paris The author offers a boatload of interesting historical facts and an overall unique lens into well known historical characters, but the organization of the book makes

  9. Kevin Kevin says:

    Thank you to David Downie, St Martin s Press, and Goodreads for the giveaway copy of A Taste of Paris At first, reading this made me want to move to Paris, drink wine, and eat And eat And eat Then came the continuous references to famous French figures from history and restaurants that I d never heard of I felt like I needed a French English dictionary,

  10. Gail Gail says:

    2.5 Stars A Taste of Paris looks at the history of food in Paris and Parisian attitudes towards food The book starts it s history with the Roman conquest of Paris and goes through modern times Each section gives a brief overview of the bigger moments of the period under discussion and then moves on the the ways the period shaped the eating habits of Paris

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