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A gastronomical memoir of French cuisine that combines historical facts and traditions with today's best dishes. The Dryanskys' remembrances include the joys of eating ortolans, and drinking an 1874 Mouton Bordeaux at Chateau Mouton Rothschild with Philippe Rothschild and a Japanese ambassador. The authors write of eating leg of lamb with Coco Chanel in the flat above her couture house and pieds de cochon, breaded and fire-roasted pigs' feet, at a brasserie surrounded by local Parisians. The couple has traveled among farms, vineyards and restaurants across the country, and they recall with great love their adventures and meals. They move from the decadent, overblown, gourmet dishes of the past to the simplicity of the terroir movement, "the unique savor of things that are what they are because of where they are."
The prose is as rich and delicious as the highlighted meals, and the authors also include some of the chefs' recipes for confident or adventurous home cooks to try. A journey that will delight the palette and nourish the soul.” (Kirkus Reviews)
If you love France and French food and wine, this book is a must read!
Beautifully written culinary travelogue, with mouth watering descriptions and recipes for simple French foods prepared by folks who cook for the love of it.
France's glorious culinary traditions are fast fading in place of modernity and convenience, and like worried lovers, the authors write compelling of this.
Beautifully written culinary travelogue, with mouth watering descriptions and recipes for simple French foods prepared by folks who cook for the love of it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ira Friedman
Very boring, and full of name dropping, to the point you wonder if these things really happened, or if the author's inventing his memories.
I bought this on Audible. Read more
This book is for those "foodies" who lament the loss of true French cuisine. It travels with Mr. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tony Pug
vaguely interesting food memoir of french cuisine. engaging and readable but nothing extraordinary.
some good historical and cultural info and photographs.
I was expecting an exploration of French cuisine and what I got was a gossipy self-centered litany of all the irrelevant people this guy had a meal with or adjacent to a meal. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Diane Wolfe
It is interesting and informative to me, a food writer, to read the point of view by an American food writer living in France. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Edward Sullivan
That Gerry and Joanne Dryansky are writers is obvious from the beginning. As one gets further into the book it becomes apparent that they are outstanding writers. Read morePublished 16 months ago by P. Zimmer
This is a wonderful memoir/ culinary travelogue. Anyone interested in France, its food and its people would be well-served to travel with Dryansky's book in handPublished on July 20, 2012 by John L.
With round-trip fares from New York to Paris running about $1500, it's a blessing to find this book, which qualifies as a trip in hardback. Your guides are G.Y. Read morePublished on June 18, 2012 by Bill Marsano