A Taste of Paris: A History of the Parisian Love Affair with Food

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 world.

In 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 1812, Grimod de la Reynière, the father of French gastronomy, regaled guests with fifty-two courses, fifteen wines, three types of coffee, and seventeen liqueurs.

Following 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.

Title:A Taste of Paris: A History of the Parisian Love Affair with Food
ISBN:9781250082930
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  • ??RoryReads??

    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 ...

  • Caitlin

    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 stree...

  • Jessie

    Read our author interview here: https://www.wanderingeducators.com/be...I've long loved David Downie's books on Paris, for their illumination of a city so many people love. He is a consummate research...

  • Elatia

    From my amazon review, "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 t...

  • John-andrew

    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 necessar...

  • Jeanne Grace

    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 Pa...

  • Jonell Galloway

    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...

  • Amy

    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 autho...

  • Kevin

    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...

  • Gail

    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...