By David Downie
In his trademark witty and informative variety, David Downie embarks on a quest to find “What is it concerning the heritage of Paris that has made it a nutrition lover’s paradise?” lengthy prior to 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 last nice dinner party at Versailles a 12 months earlier than the Revolution the gourmet Louis XVI savored thirty-two major dishes and 16 truffles; 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 background and the geography of the town, Downie sweeps readers on an insider’s gourmand jogging journey of Paris and its environs in A flavor of Paris, revealing the destinations of Roman butcher outlets, vintage Belle Epoque bistros serving diners at the present time 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 examine why the wealthy culinary historical past of France nonetheless makes Paris the last word arbiter on this planet of food.
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