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A Bite-Sized History of France
A Bite-Sized History of France: Gastronomic Tales of Revolution, War, and Enlightenment | Stéphane Henaut, Jeni Mitchell
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? “A genial journey through history that will leave readers both satiated and ravenous.” —Kirkus Reviews “Savor this book in bite-sized morsels, the better to enjoy every bit.” —Dorie Greenspan, “On Dessert” columnist for The New York Times Magazine, New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of Around My French Table and Dorie’s Cookies A French cheesemonger and an American academic and ex-pat join forces to serve up a sumptuous history of France and its food, in the delicious tradition of Anthony Bourdain, Peter Mayle, and Pamela Druckerman From the cassoulet that won a war to the crêpe that doomed Napoleon, from the rebellions sparked by bread and salt to the new cuisines forged by empire, the history of France is intimately entwined with its gastronomic pursuits. A witty exploration of the facts and legends surrounding some of the most popular French foods and wines by a French cheesemonger and an American academic, A Bite-Sized History of France tells the compelling and often surprising story of France from the Roman era to modern times. Traversing the cuisines of France’s most famous cities as well as its underexplored regions, this innovative social history explores the impact of war and imperialism, the age-old tension between tradition and innovation, and the enduring use of food to prop up social and political identities. The origins of the most legendary French foods and wines—from Roquefort and cognac to croissants and Calvados, from absinthe and oysters to Camembert and champagne—also reveal the social and political trends that propelled France’s rise upon the world stage. They help explain France’s dark history of war and conquest, as well as its most enlightened cultural achievements and the political and scientific innovations that transformed human history. These gastronomic tales will edify even the most seasoned lovers of food, history and all things French.
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This was a charming culinary history that I wasn‘t able to finish before it‘s library due date. I could have used more information about the AOC system that shapes French food today. It seems desperately important and esoteric, and every time the authors brought it up, I expected talk about the American Congress Woman instead of food.

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This is such a fascinating book. It's a must-read for fans of culinary history, history of France, wartime history, viticulture and more. Like other reviewers mentioned, you may not be able to sit and devour this in one sitting, but it's not difficult to read. It's just, you know... not fiction... so it's engaging in a different way. [Rest of review in comments] #booksbrewsandbooze #abitesizedhistoryoffrance

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I listened to the audiobook and I'm not sure if this is because of Chirp, where I bought it from, or the recording itself, but it often left out the last few seconds and words of a chapter. Most of the time it was easy to guess the word, but sometimes, not so much... leaving me hanging!
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What that did though, was make me want to buy a hardcopy. But that's not the only reason why I'd like to own this book. The history is so fascinating and I want to memorize it so I can tell other people about the origins of Grey Poupon or Laughing Cow cheese.
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https://tracyrowanwrites.wordpress.com/2018/05/29/review-a-bite-sized-history-of...

This is the sort of book that will get you up out of your chair to root around in the refrigerator for something really tasty to eat.

BibliOphelia Your description makes me realize that I read far too many of this type! 😂 2y
tracyrowanreads @BibliOphelia LOL, yeah but they're fun, aren't they? 2y
BibliOphelia Absolutely! 2y
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Makin' me hungry!

tracyrowanreads @rather_be_reading 🤤🤤🤤 Finished it. Need food!!!!! 2y
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