By David Downie
In his trademark witty and informative sort, 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 prior to Marie Antoinette acknowledged, “Let them devour cake!” (actually, it used to be 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 past nice ceremonial dinner at Versailles a yr earlier than the Revolution the connoisseur Louis XVI savored thirty-two major dishes and 16 cakes; but, in 1812, Grimod de l. a. Reynière, the daddy of French gastronomy, regaled site visitors with fifty-two classes, fifteen wines, 3 varieties of espresso, and seventeen liqueurs.
Following the contours of heritage and the geography of town, Downie sweeps readers on an insider’s gourmand strolling journey of Paris and its environs in A flavor of Paris, revealing the destinations of Roman butcher outlets, vintage Belle Epoque bistros serving diners this present day and Marie Antoinette’s beautiful vegetable backyard that also offers 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 last word arbiter on the earth of food.
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