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Product Details

  • Series: The Terroir Guides
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Little Bookroom (February 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892145758
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892145758
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 4.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

"Downie...calls readers to arms by celebrating the terroir and how it, along with the particular climates, has created culinary jewels for millennia–snails, Charolais beef, chèvre, honey, truffles, and grand cru pinot noirs and chardonnays. He easily demystifies the processes of wine making...succinctly maps and divides Burgundy into four regions, walking readers through each town and discussing lodgings, markets, artisans, and vintners. He also deconstructs restaurants' menus for their technique and signatures....Beautifully depicted, handily sized, and substantially sourced for contact info and seasonal hours. Not a stand-alone general guide, this book is a regional standard for oenophiles and the palatably enchanted traveler. Highly recommended."  –Library Journal, 2/15/10, Starred Review

PRAISE FOR THE TERROIR GUIDES:

"Getting to the heart of regional cuisine can be a tall order, but The Terroir Guides ably examine the interplay between markets, local food artisans, winemakers, and chefs on a town-by-town basis, taking the reader from field to plate and making a great companion for any food-obsessed tourist...packed with local history, food lore, and useful translations." –Sherman's Travel

“When I travel, food is naturally a primary focus, but most guidebooks provide minimal information in that realm. Thankfully, The Little Bookroom is publishing Terroir Guides, a series for the foodie traveler that focuses entirely on culinary delights." –Cravings

"I love The Terroir Guides. They give me everything I want. They're a tactile pleasure, compact, meaty. They're lovely to look at, elegantly laid out, mutedly and tastefully colored...positively overflowing with the Who, What, Where and How even an intrepidly independent traveler should know...The Little Bookroom has a knack for putting guidebooks into print that are as useful as they are beautiful." –Wine News

This marvelous book's content and photographs are lovely to look at but also full of substance... encourages readers to appreciate a slower, more meditative lifestyle based on a culture with deep roots that respects the soil and the seasons' turnings --Chicago Tribune, Resourceful Traveler

“…an excellent companion for food-loving travellers, particularly as it also includes specialist food suppliers…It’s full of insider tips and prettily illustrated with photographs…”–Destination France

"Downie...calls readers to arms by celebrating the terroir and how it, along with the particular climates, has created culinary jewels for millennia–snails, Charolais beef, chèvre, honey, truffles, and grand cru pinot noirs and chardonnays. He easily demystifies the processes of wine making...succinctly maps and divides Burgundy into four regions, walking readers through each town and discussing lodgings, markets, artisans, and vintners. He also deconstructs restaurants' menus for their technique and signatures....Beautifully depicted, handily sized, and substantially sourced for contact info and seasonal hours. Not a stand-alone general guide, this book is a regional standard for oenophiles and the palatably enchanted traveler. Highly recommended."  –Library Journal, 2/15/10, Starred Review

"For years now, The Little Bookroom has been publishing out-of-the-ordinary travel guides--books that encourage travelers to slow down, to appreciate details, to focus in a thoughtful way on what makes each destination unique. The publisher's new series, the Terroir Guides, applies these concepts to food and wine, focusing not on an entire country, but on specific regions or cities. The result is a real celebration of the sense of place, and the first volume on David Downie's Food Wine Burgundy, proves that the concept works beautifully...What follows is a feast of hearty Burgundian food and luscious wines, starting with a section on local specialties...The book is packed with insider's addresses, including small, family-run bistrots, country inns, cheese shops and bakeries that seldom make it into other guidebooks. The descriptions, often enlivened by Downie's wry sense of humor, are delightful to read...Wine lovers will appreciate the invaluable information on wineries open to he public, especially those open without appointment...The volume is lavishly illustrated with Alison Harris's gorgeous color photographs...I wish I'd had Downie's guide with me on my past trips to Burgundy. And judging from the many margin marks, underlinings and stars that I penciled through the volume, it will certainly accompany me on the next."
--Vivian Thomas, France Today


PRAISE FOR THE TERROIR GUIDES:

"Getting to the heart of regional cuisine can be a tall order, but The Terroir Guides ably examine the interplay between markets, local food artisans, winemakers, and chefs on a town-by-town basis, taking the reader from field to plate and making a great companion for any food-obsessed tourist...packed with local history, food lore, and useful translations." –Sherman's Travel

“When I travel, food is naturally a primary focus, but most guidebooks provide minimal information in that realm. Thankfully, The Little Bookroom is publishing Terroir Guides, a series for the foodie traveler that focuses entirely on culinary delights." –Cravings

"I love The Terroir Guides. They give me everything I want. They're a tactile pleasure, compact, meaty. They're lovely to look at, elegantly laid out, mutedly and tastefully colored...positively overflowing with the Who, What, Where and How even an intrepidly independent traveler should know...The Little Bookroom has a knack for putting guidebooks into print that are as useful as they are beautiful." –Wine News

About the Author

David Downie's books include Food Wine The Italian Riviera & Genoa and Food Wine Rome (both from The Little Bookroom), and the classic thriller Paris City of Night. He divides his time between France and Italy.

Alison Harris's latest books, Markets of Paris, The Patisseries of Paris, Chic Shopping Paris, Food Wine The Italian Riviera & Genoa, and Food Wine Rome are published by The Little Bookroom.

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Customer Reviews

Well written and organized.
dov
You will read about the places you've been and the places you want to go, and feel you're almost there.
Jonell Galloway
We used this very substantive guide to plan a week's trip to Burgundy and it served us very well.
Blue in Washington

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Tick Pyne on March 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is an amazing travel and food book, with so much research and passion in it that I don't know how the author survived. I admit up front that I have not been to Burgundy in several years, and that I bought the book to prepare for my next trip to France. I usually review books that I have "test driven" (though I hardly drive at all), but I can't help giving it a rave right off the bat. And I also admit that I am not a wine expert and rarely drink. But the title has "Food" in it, and "Burgundy," and those two were the main draws for me, plus the fact that I've bought Downie's two other Terroir Guides (to Rome and the Italian Riviera) and loved them. Just from the standpoint of armchair travel I can wholeheartedly recommend Food Wine Burgundy. The book is beautiful as an object, and the photography by Alison Harris (who has a great website, [...]) is outstanding. As in the couple's other Terroir Guides, the writing here is witty and wry, and I just love Downie's take on tourism, food, history and people. There's a critical edge, which is a relief after so many guides that seem to have been written by the local tourism office. This is definitely an insider's view (though it also lists the must-sees and must-does and must-tastes). I was furious but delighted to find that a couple of places I thought no one else knew, from way back, are still around, and are listed here (and probably nowhere else). The reviews seem spot-on to me. I'll give two examples from the Morvan, the part of Burgundy most people never see, even though it's green and beautiful (but has almost no wine, which is probably why...). The first is a restaurant called Le Vieux Morvan (in Chateau Chinon), where former French president Mitterrand used to hang out (beware, he was a socialist!).Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jonell Galloway on September 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
I have written many a guidebook, I have used many a guidebook, and I know Burgundy pretty darned well, but this exquisite book is like none other. It is chock full of information not found in any other book I've seen about Burgundy. It is Burgundy for those who want to discover Burgundy for the first time, but it is also Burgundy for those who, like me, already know Burgundy and want to know it still more.

Downie is a writer's writer, a writer for those who appreciate good writing, yet his writing is clear and accessible to all. His lucid manner of presenting and describing food and wine make you feel confident that he has done his homework (which he has; this book is 20 years in the making) and that you can rely on his recommendations. He not only has an amazing depth of knowledge about food, wine, and history, but he weaves it all together in an amazing, catchy prose not seen in modern-day guidebooks. He has a love of "terroir"; of what the land has to offer, of earthy food and wine. He seems to have the nose of a truffle hog, because in the addresses we've tried so far and already know, we've never found him to be off the mark.

The beautiful photos by Alison Harris create the perfect atmosphere for the subject matter, and make you feel you're already in Burgundy, no matter where on the globe you might be.

Its format and look are original and classy, and it's not too bulky, which is important when you're traveling.

The prose and photos together make this much more than a guidebook. It is a book for booklovers, a book you will pick up time and time again, not just because you're planning a trip to Burgundy, but because it is a little jewel of a book. You will read about the places you've been and the places you want to go, and feel you're almost there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ian Kane on September 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
Recently during a trip to visit family in Germany, we spent 4 days in the town of Beaune, France. We used this guidebook to learn all about the regional specialties, wine caves (and liquor caves) to experience and also to find restaurants for our dinners. Every single recommendation was fantastic. Not one bad meal, not one bad sip of wine/liquors, not one bad experience. I wish we had more time to explore the region with this book. I highly recommend it to anyone who is traveling to this region. The only reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 is because we only visited a few towns in our short time so I can't speak for the extensive information in this book. I wish this series was available for our trip to Greece next year! Merci!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fred Wolf on October 5, 2013
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I was all excited about my upcoming trip, so I got some travel books from the library and bought this one, stupid me, I was only going to one small area, which made all the 200 other pages useless, Furthermore, I tended to go to restaurants in my immediate locale and in addition, I have the feeling that more up to date info is available on the numerous travel web sites, and in addition, it was stupid of me to drag this heavy book around with me...
anyone want to buy it from me?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Blue in Washington TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 21, 2012
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We used this very substantive guide to plan a week's trip to Burgundy and it served us very well. Author David Downie knows the region and provides very comprehensive information about the hotel and restaurant possibilities even in the smallest of villages. He provides a lot of information about the substance of wine and cuisine that makes a good meal more interesting (and maybe more tasty for the knowledge of how it comes together, who's in the kitchen, etc. We found that his recommendations for restaurants in the smaller villages were spot on. Downie steps lightly--appropriately so--when talking about wines; there are many, many good ones in Burgundy, but how they go down is often a function of individual taste. For example, we sampled three labels of Saint Romain at one dinner, and only one bottle pleased all four of us equally. That's a bit into the weeds of the matter, but I liked Downies measured approach.

The guide also has good info on historic places, local history and regional culture.

The only drawback to this guide--if there is one at all--is the peculiar narrow shape of the book which makes it a bit hard to read and leads to some creasing of the cover and spine. But given the content, this isn't much to complain about. This is a fine guide to one of France's most interesting regions. Recommandation--read through this guide before you travel to get the most out of it.
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