A Bite-Sized History of France: Delicious, Gastronomic Tales of Revolution, War, and Enlightenment

A Bite-Sized History of France: Delicious, Gastronomic Tales of Revolution, War, and Enlightenment

A French cheesemonger and an American academic 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. Nearly 3 million Americans visit France every year, in addition to the more than 150,000 American expatriates who live there. Numerous bestselling books attest to American Franc A French cheesemonger and an American academic join forces to serve up a sumptuous history of France and its food, in...

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Title:A Bite-Sized History of France: Delicious, Gastronomic Tales of Revolution, War, and Enlightenment
Author:Stephane Henaut
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Genres:History
ISBN:B076VV97HW
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A Bite-Sized History of France: Delicious, Gastronomic Tales of Revolution, War, and Enlightenment Reviews

  • Collin Mickle
    Aug 04, 2018

    I have been reading this book for a little over a week now. I finally finished it last night, and I enjoyed it quite a lot. It isn't the type of book you sit down and read cover to cover, but it works well as an in between type of read. It was packed full of interesting facts and a...

    I love French food (actually I love food full-stop), I love visiting France, and I am really interested in history, so this book was made for me. It is a staggering tour de force covering 2500 years of French history from the pre-Roman Gauls to the present day, showing the influence hi...

    The more I read this book the more hungry I got :) Also, it was impossible to read this book without a glass of French wine. via Wikimedia commons I have a confession to make: while I read this book I ate unprecedented amounts of French cheeses: Brie, Camembert and a variety o...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    A fantastic way to learn history! Rather than another boring list of dates, people, and events, the authors take a completely different route. Use the deliciously wonderful foods of France to explain history! Why did the Romans consider the Germanic tribes barbarians? One big reason w...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- A French cheesemonger and an American academic join forces to serve up a sumptuous history of France and its food, in the delicious tradition of Anthony Bo...

    This was a fun book for history- and food-lovers alike. The French-and-American author couple go from pre-Roman times right up to the present, regaling us with lots of mini food histories, collisions of culture, and who-knew? moments. Food often served as class markers, nobles disda...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    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. It deals with bread, and cheese, and wine, of course. How could it not? But it also gives the reader an insight into how the potato came to be so loved ...

    I came at this book with a different perspective from most readers as a decades-long French resident and lover of good French food and wine. As such, I found much of the book a basic rehash of French history with overly-long simplistic explanations, and not enough attention paid to foo...

    A week ago I listened to a podcast episode of "Stuff You Missed In History Class" on Marie-Antoine Carême, the first 'Celebrity Chef'. I learned so much about the history of cooking in France in the 30 minute episode and was wondering whether there was a book out there on this very to...

    It's glib and unscholarly, but at least it's also much too long. ...

  • Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)
    Jun 19, 2018

    I have been reading this book for a little over a week now. I finally finished it last night, and I enjoyed it quite a lot. It isn't the type of book you sit down and read cover to cover, but it works well as an in between type of read. It was packed full of interesting facts and a...

  • Jim
    Jun 19, 2018

    I have been reading this book for a little over a week now. I finally finished it last night, and I enjoyed it quite a lot. It isn't the type of book you sit down and read cover to cover, but it works well as an in between type of read. It was packed full of interesting facts and a...

    I love French food (actually I love food full-stop), I love visiting France, and I am really interested in history, so this book was made for me. It is a staggering tour de force covering 2500 years of French history from the pre-Roman Gauls to the present day, showing the influence hi...

    The more I read this book the more hungry I got :) Also, it was impossible to read this book without a glass of French wine. via Wikimedia commons I have a confession to make: while I read this book I ate unprecedented amounts of French cheeses: Brie, Camembert and a variety o...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    A fantastic way to learn history! Rather than another boring list of dates, people, and events, the authors take a completely different route. Use the deliciously wonderful foods of France to explain history! Why did the Romans consider the Germanic tribes barbarians? One big reason w...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- A French cheesemonger and an American academic join forces to serve up a sumptuous history of France and its food, in the delicious tradition of Anthony Bo...

    This was a fun book for history- and food-lovers alike. The French-and-American author couple go from pre-Roman times right up to the present, regaling us with lots of mini food histories, collisions of culture, and who-knew? moments. Food often served as class markers, nobles disda...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    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. It deals with bread, and cheese, and wine, of course. How could it not? But it also gives the reader an insight into how the potato came to be so loved ...

    I came at this book with a different perspective from most readers as a decades-long French resident and lover of good French food and wine. As such, I found much of the book a basic rehash of French history with overly-long simplistic explanations, and not enough attention paid to foo...

    A week ago I listened to a podcast episode of "Stuff You Missed In History Class" on Marie-Antoine Carême, the first 'Celebrity Chef'. I learned so much about the history of cooking in France in the 30 minute episode and was wondering whether there was a book out there on this very to...

    It's glib and unscholarly, but at least it's also much too long. ...

    This book is deliciously fascinating. What better way to learn about a country?s history than by being introduced to it around a certain food item, such as artichokes, wine or cheese. The author explains how politics, economics and culture link with food in ?foodways?, which reve...

    What a charming and delightful book this is. From rustic kitchens to haute cuisine, French food and gastronomy are the best in the world. This terrific book tells the story of how French cuisine came about. Starting with the Celtic Gauls and ending with the post WWII wrangles between F...

    Very interesting bits of history that I didn't know, and not all them about food. Worst complaint? The font size made it very difficult for me to read without tiring my eyes and making me drift off to sleep many times. Way too small. The other complaint I have is - there are no...

    I received a copy of this book via Netgalley. The book proposes to tell the vast and complex history of France through its foods, and it succeeds. As a foodie and a history buff, I found the approach fascinating and amusing. The authors directly confront the contemporary insistence ...

    This is a fun book with short chapters digging in to the culinary history of France--linking the Muslim invasion of the 8th century with goat cheese, Louis Xiv and his fondness for oranges (not Dutch people, oranges), the French Revolution and bread riots, the olive oil/butter and choc...

    I chose this book since I was planning a trip to Paris and was looking to learn a bit more on the cuisine that is infamous for it's flavors from the rustic to the more modern stylings. I loved learning about the history of France through it's culinary styles. I already knew quite a bit...

    Thank you the New Press and Netgalley for this ARC. I was excited to have the opportunity to read this book in the lead up to our first visit to France. I thoroughly enjoyed dipping in and out of the book, learning about their food, history and other entertaining snippets in prepara...

    If you are interested in France or French food, you'll love this book. It's written in an easy, entertaining style and a lot of fun to read and learn. Many thanks to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for my ARC. All opinions are my own. ...

    ?Stepping out on your other book, eh?? was the response of the Long-Suffering Wife (LSW) when I told her that I was taking a summertime break from my difficult and serious Important Modern Novel to have a reading fling with this sweet young thing from France. It's not what it l...

    What an interesting book! The authors blended French history and gastronomy in a unique way. I learned so much. My only critique is that the book was too long. The chapters were, indeed, bite sized but there were just so many of them. At one point I thought...we?re still in the 1400?...

    This is a fun little read for anyone who loves the history of food. French cuisine is hailed as on of the hardest and most revered cuisines in all the world. This book follows French food and it's advances from the Roman invasion to Julia Child's benedictine. It is one that will have y...

    (Note: I received an advanced electronic copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley) Culinary and national history pair like cheese and wine in this lovely read. Each chapter is easily digestible, yet also informatively packed, and they all open up separate but equally fascinating door...

    This was so much fun, i kept reading sections to whoever was in the area and it made me sooo hungry and thirsty. Well written, easy to quote or drop bits from at a bar and the weirdest thing - the notes are great! The book is almost an aphrodisiac. ...

  • David
    Jul 27, 2018

    I have been reading this book for a little over a week now. I finally finished it last night, and I enjoyed it quite a lot. It isn't the type of book you sit down and read cover to cover, but it works well as an in between type of read. It was packed full of interesting facts and a...

    I love French food (actually I love food full-stop), I love visiting France, and I am really interested in history, so this book was made for me. It is a staggering tour de force covering 2500 years of French history from the pre-Roman Gauls to the present day, showing the influence hi...

    The more I read this book the more hungry I got :) Also, it was impossible to read this book without a glass of French wine. via Wikimedia commons I have a confession to make: while I read this book I ate unprecedented amounts of French cheeses: Brie, Camembert and a variety o...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    A fantastic way to learn history! Rather than another boring list of dates, people, and events, the authors take a completely different route. Use the deliciously wonderful foods of France to explain history! Why did the Romans consider the Germanic tribes barbarians? One big reason w...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- A French cheesemonger and an American academic join forces to serve up a sumptuous history of France and its food, in the delicious tradition of Anthony Bo...

    This was a fun book for history- and food-lovers alike. The French-and-American author couple go from pre-Roman times right up to the present, regaling us with lots of mini food histories, collisions of culture, and who-knew? moments. Food often served as class markers, nobles disda...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    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. It deals with bread, and cheese, and wine, of course. How could it not? But it also gives the reader an insight into how the potato came to be so loved ...

    I came at this book with a different perspective from most readers as a decades-long French resident and lover of good French food and wine. As such, I found much of the book a basic rehash of French history with overly-long simplistic explanations, and not enough attention paid to foo...

    A week ago I listened to a podcast episode of "Stuff You Missed In History Class" on Marie-Antoine Carême, the first 'Celebrity Chef'. I learned so much about the history of cooking in France in the 30 minute episode and was wondering whether there was a book out there on this very to...

    It's glib and unscholarly, but at least it's also much too long. ...

    This book is deliciously fascinating. What better way to learn about a country?s history than by being introduced to it around a certain food item, such as artichokes, wine or cheese. The author explains how politics, economics and culture link with food in ?foodways?, which reve...

    What a charming and delightful book this is. From rustic kitchens to haute cuisine, French food and gastronomy are the best in the world. This terrific book tells the story of how French cuisine came about. Starting with the Celtic Gauls and ending with the post WWII wrangles between F...

    Very interesting bits of history that I didn't know, and not all them about food. Worst complaint? The font size made it very difficult for me to read without tiring my eyes and making me drift off to sleep many times. Way too small. The other complaint I have is - there are no...

    I received a copy of this book via Netgalley. The book proposes to tell the vast and complex history of France through its foods, and it succeeds. As a foodie and a history buff, I found the approach fascinating and amusing. The authors directly confront the contemporary insistence ...

    This is a fun book with short chapters digging in to the culinary history of France--linking the Muslim invasion of the 8th century with goat cheese, Louis Xiv and his fondness for oranges (not Dutch people, oranges), the French Revolution and bread riots, the olive oil/butter and choc...

    I chose this book since I was planning a trip to Paris and was looking to learn a bit more on the cuisine that is infamous for it's flavors from the rustic to the more modern stylings. I loved learning about the history of France through it's culinary styles. I already knew quite a bit...

    Thank you the New Press and Netgalley for this ARC. I was excited to have the opportunity to read this book in the lead up to our first visit to France. I thoroughly enjoyed dipping in and out of the book, learning about their food, history and other entertaining snippets in prepara...

    If you are interested in France or French food, you'll love this book. It's written in an easy, entertaining style and a lot of fun to read and learn. Many thanks to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for my ARC. All opinions are my own. ...

    ?Stepping out on your other book, eh?? was the response of the Long-Suffering Wife (LSW) when I told her that I was taking a summertime break from my difficult and serious Important Modern Novel to have a reading fling with this sweet young thing from France. It's not what it l...

  • Christina Dudley
    Jun 16, 2018

    I have been reading this book for a little over a week now. I finally finished it last night, and I enjoyed it quite a lot. It isn't the type of book you sit down and read cover to cover, but it works well as an in between type of read. It was packed full of interesting facts and a...

    I love French food (actually I love food full-stop), I love visiting France, and I am really interested in history, so this book was made for me. It is a staggering tour de force covering 2500 years of French history from the pre-Roman Gauls to the present day, showing the influence hi...

    The more I read this book the more hungry I got :) Also, it was impossible to read this book without a glass of French wine. via Wikimedia commons I have a confession to make: while I read this book I ate unprecedented amounts of French cheeses: Brie, Camembert and a variety o...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    A fantastic way to learn history! Rather than another boring list of dates, people, and events, the authors take a completely different route. Use the deliciously wonderful foods of France to explain history! Why did the Romans consider the Germanic tribes barbarians? One big reason w...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- A French cheesemonger and an American academic join forces to serve up a sumptuous history of France and its food, in the delicious tradition of Anthony Bo...

    This was a fun book for history- and food-lovers alike. The French-and-American author couple go from pre-Roman times right up to the present, regaling us with lots of mini food histories, collisions of culture, and who-knew? moments. Food often served as class markers, nobles disda...

  • Shoshana
    Jul 10, 2018

    I have been reading this book for a little over a week now. I finally finished it last night, and I enjoyed it quite a lot. It isn't the type of book you sit down and read cover to cover, but it works well as an in between type of read. It was packed full of interesting facts and a...

    I love French food (actually I love food full-stop), I love visiting France, and I am really interested in history, so this book was made for me. It is a staggering tour de force covering 2500 years of French history from the pre-Roman Gauls to the present day, showing the influence hi...

    The more I read this book the more hungry I got :) Also, it was impossible to read this book without a glass of French wine. via Wikimedia commons I have a confession to make: while I read this book I ate unprecedented amounts of French cheeses: Brie, Camembert and a variety o...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    A fantastic way to learn history! Rather than another boring list of dates, people, and events, the authors take a completely different route. Use the deliciously wonderful foods of France to explain history! Why did the Romans consider the Germanic tribes barbarians? One big reason w...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- A French cheesemonger and an American academic join forces to serve up a sumptuous history of France and its food, in the delicious tradition of Anthony Bo...

    This was a fun book for history- and food-lovers alike. The French-and-American author couple go from pre-Roman times right up to the present, regaling us with lots of mini food histories, collisions of culture, and who-knew? moments. Food often served as class markers, nobles disda...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    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. It deals with bread, and cheese, and wine, of course. How could it not? But it also gives the reader an insight into how the potato came to be so loved ...

    I came at this book with a different perspective from most readers as a decades-long French resident and lover of good French food and wine. As such, I found much of the book a basic rehash of French history with overly-long simplistic explanations, and not enough attention paid to foo...

    A week ago I listened to a podcast episode of "Stuff You Missed In History Class" on Marie-Antoine Carême, the first 'Celebrity Chef'. I learned so much about the history of cooking in France in the 30 minute episode and was wondering whether there was a book out there on this very to...

    It's glib and unscholarly, but at least it's also much too long. ...

    This book is deliciously fascinating. What better way to learn about a country?s history than by being introduced to it around a certain food item, such as artichokes, wine or cheese. The author explains how politics, economics and culture link with food in ?foodways?, which reve...

    What a charming and delightful book this is. From rustic kitchens to haute cuisine, French food and gastronomy are the best in the world. This terrific book tells the story of how French cuisine came about. Starting with the Celtic Gauls and ending with the post WWII wrangles between F...

  • Randal White
    Jul 19, 2018

    I have been reading this book for a little over a week now. I finally finished it last night, and I enjoyed it quite a lot. It isn't the type of book you sit down and read cover to cover, but it works well as an in between type of read. It was packed full of interesting facts and a...

    I love French food (actually I love food full-stop), I love visiting France, and I am really interested in history, so this book was made for me. It is a staggering tour de force covering 2500 years of French history from the pre-Roman Gauls to the present day, showing the influence hi...

    The more I read this book the more hungry I got :) Also, it was impossible to read this book without a glass of French wine. via Wikimedia commons I have a confession to make: while I read this book I ate unprecedented amounts of French cheeses: Brie, Camembert and a variety o...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    A fantastic way to learn history! Rather than another boring list of dates, people, and events, the authors take a completely different route. Use the deliciously wonderful foods of France to explain history! Why did the Romans consider the Germanic tribes barbarians? One big reason w...

  • Ann T
    Oct 29, 2018

    I have been reading this book for a little over a week now. I finally finished it last night, and I enjoyed it quite a lot. It isn't the type of book you sit down and read cover to cover, but it works well as an in between type of read. It was packed full of interesting facts and a...

    I love French food (actually I love food full-stop), I love visiting France, and I am really interested in history, so this book was made for me. It is a staggering tour de force covering 2500 years of French history from the pre-Roman Gauls to the present day, showing the influence hi...

    The more I read this book the more hungry I got :) Also, it was impossible to read this book without a glass of French wine. via Wikimedia commons I have a confession to make: while I read this book I ate unprecedented amounts of French cheeses: Brie, Camembert and a variety o...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    A fantastic way to learn history! Rather than another boring list of dates, people, and events, the authors take a completely different route. Use the deliciously wonderful foods of France to explain history! Why did the Romans consider the Germanic tribes barbarians? One big reason w...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- A French cheesemonger and an American academic join forces to serve up a sumptuous history of France and its food, in the delicious tradition of Anthony Bo...

    This was a fun book for history- and food-lovers alike. The French-and-American author couple go from pre-Roman times right up to the present, regaling us with lots of mini food histories, collisions of culture, and who-knew? moments. Food often served as class markers, nobles disda...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    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. It deals with bread, and cheese, and wine, of course. How could it not? But it also gives the reader an insight into how the potato came to be so loved ...

    I came at this book with a different perspective from most readers as a decades-long French resident and lover of good French food and wine. As such, I found much of the book a basic rehash of French history with overly-long simplistic explanations, and not enough attention paid to foo...

    A week ago I listened to a podcast episode of "Stuff You Missed In History Class" on Marie-Antoine Carême, the first 'Celebrity Chef'. I learned so much about the history of cooking in France in the 30 minute episode and was wondering whether there was a book out there on this very to...

    It's glib and unscholarly, but at least it's also much too long. ...

    This book is deliciously fascinating. What better way to learn about a country?s history than by being introduced to it around a certain food item, such as artichokes, wine or cheese. The author explains how politics, economics and culture link with food in ?foodways?, which reve...

    What a charming and delightful book this is. From rustic kitchens to haute cuisine, French food and gastronomy are the best in the world. This terrific book tells the story of how French cuisine came about. Starting with the Celtic Gauls and ending with the post WWII wrangles between F...

    Very interesting bits of history that I didn't know, and not all them about food. Worst complaint? The font size made it very difficult for me to read without tiring my eyes and making me drift off to sleep many times. Way too small. The other complaint I have is - there are no...

    I received a copy of this book via Netgalley. The book proposes to tell the vast and complex history of France through its foods, and it succeeds. As a foodie and a history buff, I found the approach fascinating and amusing. The authors directly confront the contemporary insistence ...

    This is a fun book with short chapters digging in to the culinary history of France--linking the Muslim invasion of the 8th century with goat cheese, Louis Xiv and his fondness for oranges (not Dutch people, oranges), the French Revolution and bread riots, the olive oil/butter and choc...

    I chose this book since I was planning a trip to Paris and was looking to learn a bit more on the cuisine that is infamous for it's flavors from the rustic to the more modern stylings. I loved learning about the history of France through it's culinary styles. I already knew quite a bit...

    Thank you the New Press and Netgalley for this ARC. I was excited to have the opportunity to read this book in the lead up to our first visit to France. I thoroughly enjoyed dipping in and out of the book, learning about their food, history and other entertaining snippets in prepara...

  • Jill Elizabeth
    Aug 14, 2018

    I have been reading this book for a little over a week now. I finally finished it last night, and I enjoyed it quite a lot. It isn't the type of book you sit down and read cover to cover, but it works well as an in between type of read. It was packed full of interesting facts and a...

    I love French food (actually I love food full-stop), I love visiting France, and I am really interested in history, so this book was made for me. It is a staggering tour de force covering 2500 years of French history from the pre-Roman Gauls to the present day, showing the influence hi...

    The more I read this book the more hungry I got :) Also, it was impossible to read this book without a glass of French wine. via Wikimedia commons I have a confession to make: while I read this book I ate unprecedented amounts of French cheeses: Brie, Camembert and a variety o...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    A fantastic way to learn history! Rather than another boring list of dates, people, and events, the authors take a completely different route. Use the deliciously wonderful foods of France to explain history! Why did the Romans consider the Germanic tribes barbarians? One big reason w...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- A French cheesemonger and an American academic join forces to serve up a sumptuous history of France and its food, in the delicious tradition of Anthony Bo...

    This was a fun book for history- and food-lovers alike. The French-and-American author couple go from pre-Roman times right up to the present, regaling us with lots of mini food histories, collisions of culture, and who-knew? moments. Food often served as class markers, nobles disda...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    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. It deals with bread, and cheese, and wine, of course. How could it not? But it also gives the reader an insight into how the potato came to be so loved ...

    I came at this book with a different perspective from most readers as a decades-long French resident and lover of good French food and wine. As such, I found much of the book a basic rehash of French history with overly-long simplistic explanations, and not enough attention paid to foo...

    A week ago I listened to a podcast episode of "Stuff You Missed In History Class" on Marie-Antoine Carême, the first 'Celebrity Chef'. I learned so much about the history of cooking in France in the 30 minute episode and was wondering whether there was a book out there on this very to...

    It's glib and unscholarly, but at least it's also much too long. ...

    This book is deliciously fascinating. What better way to learn about a country?s history than by being introduced to it around a certain food item, such as artichokes, wine or cheese. The author explains how politics, economics and culture link with food in ?foodways?, which reve...

    What a charming and delightful book this is. From rustic kitchens to haute cuisine, French food and gastronomy are the best in the world. This terrific book tells the story of how French cuisine came about. Starting with the Celtic Gauls and ending with the post WWII wrangles between F...

    Very interesting bits of history that I didn't know, and not all them about food. Worst complaint? The font size made it very difficult for me to read without tiring my eyes and making me drift off to sleep many times. Way too small. The other complaint I have is - there are no...

    I received a copy of this book via Netgalley. The book proposes to tell the vast and complex history of France through its foods, and it succeeds. As a foodie and a history buff, I found the approach fascinating and amusing. The authors directly confront the contemporary insistence ...

    This is a fun book with short chapters digging in to the culinary history of France--linking the Muslim invasion of the 8th century with goat cheese, Louis Xiv and his fondness for oranges (not Dutch people, oranges), the French Revolution and bread riots, the olive oil/butter and choc...

    I chose this book since I was planning a trip to Paris and was looking to learn a bit more on the cuisine that is infamous for it's flavors from the rustic to the more modern stylings. I loved learning about the history of France through it's culinary styles. I already knew quite a bit...

    Thank you the New Press and Netgalley for this ARC. I was excited to have the opportunity to read this book in the lead up to our first visit to France. I thoroughly enjoyed dipping in and out of the book, learning about their food, history and other entertaining snippets in prepara...

    If you are interested in France or French food, you'll love this book. It's written in an easy, entertaining style and a lot of fun to read and learn. Many thanks to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for my ARC. All opinions are my own. ...

    ?Stepping out on your other book, eh?? was the response of the Long-Suffering Wife (LSW) when I told her that I was taking a summertime break from my difficult and serious Important Modern Novel to have a reading fling with this sweet young thing from France. It's not what it l...

    What an interesting book! The authors blended French history and gastronomy in a unique way. I learned so much. My only critique is that the book was too long. The chapters were, indeed, bite sized but there were just so many of them. At one point I thought...we?re still in the 1400?...

    This is a fun little read for anyone who loves the history of food. French cuisine is hailed as on of the hardest and most revered cuisines in all the world. This book follows French food and it's advances from the Roman invasion to Julia Child's benedictine. It is one that will have y...

    (Note: I received an advanced electronic copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley) Culinary and national history pair like cheese and wine in this lovely read. Each chapter is easily digestible, yet also informatively packed, and they all open up separate but equally fascinating door...

    This was so much fun, i kept reading sections to whoever was in the area and it made me sooo hungry and thirsty. Well written, easy to quote or drop bits from at a bar and the weirdest thing - the notes are great! The book is almost an aphrodisiac. ...

    What a fascinating book this was! It's bite-sized in title only - it's actually a thorough, comprehensive, fantastically prepared history of France from the ancients to the current day, told with an eye to how history impacted the French gustatory and libation environment. It's well-wr...

  • Stephanie Dagg
    Jul 08, 2018

    I have been reading this book for a little over a week now. I finally finished it last night, and I enjoyed it quite a lot. It isn't the type of book you sit down and read cover to cover, but it works well as an in between type of read. It was packed full of interesting facts and a...

    I love French food (actually I love food full-stop), I love visiting France, and I am really interested in history, so this book was made for me. It is a staggering tour de force covering 2500 years of French history from the pre-Roman Gauls to the present day, showing the influence hi...

    The more I read this book the more hungry I got :) Also, it was impossible to read this book without a glass of French wine. via Wikimedia commons I have a confession to make: while I read this book I ate unprecedented amounts of French cheeses: Brie, Camembert and a variety o...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    A fantastic way to learn history! Rather than another boring list of dates, people, and events, the authors take a completely different route. Use the deliciously wonderful foods of France to explain history! Why did the Romans consider the Germanic tribes barbarians? One big reason w...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- A French cheesemonger and an American academic join forces to serve up a sumptuous history of France and its food, in the delicious tradition of Anthony Bo...

    This was a fun book for history- and food-lovers alike. The French-and-American author couple go from pre-Roman times right up to the present, regaling us with lots of mini food histories, collisions of culture, and who-knew? moments. Food often served as class markers, nobles disda...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    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. It deals with bread, and cheese, and wine, of course. How could it not? But it also gives the reader an insight into how the potato came to be so loved ...

    I came at this book with a different perspective from most readers as a decades-long French resident and lover of good French food and wine. As such, I found much of the book a basic rehash of French history with overly-long simplistic explanations, and not enough attention paid to foo...

    A week ago I listened to a podcast episode of "Stuff You Missed In History Class" on Marie-Antoine Carême, the first 'Celebrity Chef'. I learned so much about the history of cooking in France in the 30 minute episode and was wondering whether there was a book out there on this very to...

    It's glib and unscholarly, but at least it's also much too long. ...

    This book is deliciously fascinating. What better way to learn about a country?s history than by being introduced to it around a certain food item, such as artichokes, wine or cheese. The author explains how politics, economics and culture link with food in ?foodways?, which reve...

  • Margaret Sankey
    Apr 12, 2018

    I have been reading this book for a little over a week now. I finally finished it last night, and I enjoyed it quite a lot. It isn't the type of book you sit down and read cover to cover, but it works well as an in between type of read. It was packed full of interesting facts and a...

    I love French food (actually I love food full-stop), I love visiting France, and I am really interested in history, so this book was made for me. It is a staggering tour de force covering 2500 years of French history from the pre-Roman Gauls to the present day, showing the influence hi...

    The more I read this book the more hungry I got :) Also, it was impossible to read this book without a glass of French wine. via Wikimedia commons I have a confession to make: while I read this book I ate unprecedented amounts of French cheeses: Brie, Camembert and a variety o...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    A fantastic way to learn history! Rather than another boring list of dates, people, and events, the authors take a completely different route. Use the deliciously wonderful foods of France to explain history! Why did the Romans consider the Germanic tribes barbarians? One big reason w...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- A French cheesemonger and an American academic join forces to serve up a sumptuous history of France and its food, in the delicious tradition of Anthony Bo...

    This was a fun book for history- and food-lovers alike. The French-and-American author couple go from pre-Roman times right up to the present, regaling us with lots of mini food histories, collisions of culture, and who-knew? moments. Food often served as class markers, nobles disda...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    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. It deals with bread, and cheese, and wine, of course. How could it not? But it also gives the reader an insight into how the potato came to be so loved ...

    I came at this book with a different perspective from most readers as a decades-long French resident and lover of good French food and wine. As such, I found much of the book a basic rehash of French history with overly-long simplistic explanations, and not enough attention paid to foo...

    A week ago I listened to a podcast episode of "Stuff You Missed In History Class" on Marie-Antoine Carême, the first 'Celebrity Chef'. I learned so much about the history of cooking in France in the 30 minute episode and was wondering whether there was a book out there on this very to...

    It's glib and unscholarly, but at least it's also much too long. ...

    This book is deliciously fascinating. What better way to learn about a country?s history than by being introduced to it around a certain food item, such as artichokes, wine or cheese. The author explains how politics, economics and culture link with food in ?foodways?, which reve...

    What a charming and delightful book this is. From rustic kitchens to haute cuisine, French food and gastronomy are the best in the world. This terrific book tells the story of how French cuisine came about. Starting with the Celtic Gauls and ending with the post WWII wrangles between F...

    Very interesting bits of history that I didn't know, and not all them about food. Worst complaint? The font size made it very difficult for me to read without tiring my eyes and making me drift off to sleep many times. Way too small. The other complaint I have is - there are no...

    I received a copy of this book via Netgalley. The book proposes to tell the vast and complex history of France through its foods, and it succeeds. As a foodie and a history buff, I found the approach fascinating and amusing. The authors directly confront the contemporary insistence ...

    This is a fun book with short chapters digging in to the culinary history of France--linking the Muslim invasion of the 8th century with goat cheese, Louis Xiv and his fondness for oranges (not Dutch people, oranges), the French Revolution and bread riots, the olive oil/butter and choc...

  • Rachel
    Jun 18, 2018

    I have been reading this book for a little over a week now. I finally finished it last night, and I enjoyed it quite a lot. It isn't the type of book you sit down and read cover to cover, but it works well as an in between type of read. It was packed full of interesting facts and a...

    I love French food (actually I love food full-stop), I love visiting France, and I am really interested in history, so this book was made for me. It is a staggering tour de force covering 2500 years of French history from the pre-Roman Gauls to the present day, showing the influence hi...

    The more I read this book the more hungry I got :) Also, it was impossible to read this book without a glass of French wine. via Wikimedia commons I have a confession to make: while I read this book I ate unprecedented amounts of French cheeses: Brie, Camembert and a variety o...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    A fantastic way to learn history! Rather than another boring list of dates, people, and events, the authors take a completely different route. Use the deliciously wonderful foods of France to explain history! Why did the Romans consider the Germanic tribes barbarians? One big reason w...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- A French cheesemonger and an American academic join forces to serve up a sumptuous history of France and its food, in the delicious tradition of Anthony Bo...

    This was a fun book for history- and food-lovers alike. The French-and-American author couple go from pre-Roman times right up to the present, regaling us with lots of mini food histories, collisions of culture, and who-knew? moments. Food often served as class markers, nobles disda...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    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. It deals with bread, and cheese, and wine, of course. How could it not? But it also gives the reader an insight into how the potato came to be so loved ...

    I came at this book with a different perspective from most readers as a decades-long French resident and lover of good French food and wine. As such, I found much of the book a basic rehash of French history with overly-long simplistic explanations, and not enough attention paid to foo...

    A week ago I listened to a podcast episode of "Stuff You Missed In History Class" on Marie-Antoine Carême, the first 'Celebrity Chef'. I learned so much about the history of cooking in France in the 30 minute episode and was wondering whether there was a book out there on this very to...

    It's glib and unscholarly, but at least it's also much too long. ...

    This book is deliciously fascinating. What better way to learn about a country?s history than by being introduced to it around a certain food item, such as artichokes, wine or cheese. The author explains how politics, economics and culture link with food in ?foodways?, which reve...

    What a charming and delightful book this is. From rustic kitchens to haute cuisine, French food and gastronomy are the best in the world. This terrific book tells the story of how French cuisine came about. Starting with the Celtic Gauls and ending with the post WWII wrangles between F...

    Very interesting bits of history that I didn't know, and not all them about food. Worst complaint? The font size made it very difficult for me to read without tiring my eyes and making me drift off to sleep many times. Way too small. The other complaint I have is - there are no...

    I received a copy of this book via Netgalley. The book proposes to tell the vast and complex history of France through its foods, and it succeeds. As a foodie and a history buff, I found the approach fascinating and amusing. The authors directly confront the contemporary insistence ...

    This is a fun book with short chapters digging in to the culinary history of France--linking the Muslim invasion of the 8th century with goat cheese, Louis Xiv and his fondness for oranges (not Dutch people, oranges), the French Revolution and bread riots, the olive oil/butter and choc...

    I chose this book since I was planning a trip to Paris and was looking to learn a bit more on the cuisine that is infamous for it's flavors from the rustic to the more modern stylings. I loved learning about the history of France through it's culinary styles. I already knew quite a bit...

    Thank you the New Press and Netgalley for this ARC. I was excited to have the opportunity to read this book in the lead up to our first visit to France. I thoroughly enjoyed dipping in and out of the book, learning about their food, history and other entertaining snippets in prepara...

    If you are interested in France or French food, you'll love this book. It's written in an easy, entertaining style and a lot of fun to read and learn. Many thanks to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for my ARC. All opinions are my own. ...

    ?Stepping out on your other book, eh?? was the response of the Long-Suffering Wife (LSW) when I told her that I was taking a summertime break from my difficult and serious Important Modern Novel to have a reading fling with this sweet young thing from France. It's not what it l...

    What an interesting book! The authors blended French history and gastronomy in a unique way. I learned so much. My only critique is that the book was too long. The chapters were, indeed, bite sized but there were just so many of them. At one point I thought...we?re still in the 1400?...

    This is a fun little read for anyone who loves the history of food. French cuisine is hailed as on of the hardest and most revered cuisines in all the world. This book follows French food and it's advances from the Roman invasion to Julia Child's benedictine. It is one that will have y...

    (Note: I received an advanced electronic copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley) Culinary and national history pair like cheese and wine in this lovely read. Each chapter is easily digestible, yet also informatively packed, and they all open up separate but equally fascinating door...

    This was so much fun, i kept reading sections to whoever was in the area and it made me sooo hungry and thirsty. Well written, easy to quote or drop bits from at a bar and the weirdest thing - the notes are great! The book is almost an aphrodisiac. ...

    What a fascinating book this was! It's bite-sized in title only - it's actually a thorough, comprehensive, fantastically prepared history of France from the ancients to the current day, told with an eye to how history impacted the French gustatory and libation environment. It's well-wr...

    Thanks to NetGalley and to the editor. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. With this book, we visit France. It's all centered around food and history. It has an interesting idea because the authors show us how strongly tied food and history are, and they...

    This book started out magically - showcasing the intersection between history and food, culture and sustenance. The connections that the authors make between the changing borders, ongoing wars, cultural expectations and historic coincidences does a truly outstanding job of highlighting...

    Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book previous publication in exchange for an honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as I thought I would, because it belongs to my favourite literary subgenre: people who tell me a variety of things I don't know. I love s...

    This is a great concept for a book, and the authors have hit on several things I adore: France, food and history. I think readers may enjoy the chapters as occasional "bites," but in my attempt to read the book cover to cover I found my mind wandering. The emphasis on short chapters me...

  • Adrienne
    May 01, 2018

    I have been reading this book for a little over a week now. I finally finished it last night, and I enjoyed it quite a lot. It isn't the type of book you sit down and read cover to cover, but it works well as an in between type of read. It was packed full of interesting facts and a...

    I love French food (actually I love food full-stop), I love visiting France, and I am really interested in history, so this book was made for me. It is a staggering tour de force covering 2500 years of French history from the pre-Roman Gauls to the present day, showing the influence hi...

    The more I read this book the more hungry I got :) Also, it was impossible to read this book without a glass of French wine. via Wikimedia commons I have a confession to make: while I read this book I ate unprecedented amounts of French cheeses: Brie, Camembert and a variety o...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    A fantastic way to learn history! Rather than another boring list of dates, people, and events, the authors take a completely different route. Use the deliciously wonderful foods of France to explain history! Why did the Romans consider the Germanic tribes barbarians? One big reason w...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- A French cheesemonger and an American academic join forces to serve up a sumptuous history of France and its food, in the delicious tradition of Anthony Bo...

    This was a fun book for history- and food-lovers alike. The French-and-American author couple go from pre-Roman times right up to the present, regaling us with lots of mini food histories, collisions of culture, and who-knew? moments. Food often served as class markers, nobles disda...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    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. It deals with bread, and cheese, and wine, of course. How could it not? But it also gives the reader an insight into how the potato came to be so loved ...

    I came at this book with a different perspective from most readers as a decades-long French resident and lover of good French food and wine. As such, I found much of the book a basic rehash of French history with overly-long simplistic explanations, and not enough attention paid to foo...

    A week ago I listened to a podcast episode of "Stuff You Missed In History Class" on Marie-Antoine Carême, the first 'Celebrity Chef'. I learned so much about the history of cooking in France in the 30 minute episode and was wondering whether there was a book out there on this very to...

  • Francesca
    Apr 14, 2018

    I have been reading this book for a little over a week now. I finally finished it last night, and I enjoyed it quite a lot. It isn't the type of book you sit down and read cover to cover, but it works well as an in between type of read. It was packed full of interesting facts and a...

    I love French food (actually I love food full-stop), I love visiting France, and I am really interested in history, so this book was made for me. It is a staggering tour de force covering 2500 years of French history from the pre-Roman Gauls to the present day, showing the influence hi...

    The more I read this book the more hungry I got :) Also, it was impossible to read this book without a glass of French wine. via Wikimedia commons I have a confession to make: while I read this book I ate unprecedented amounts of French cheeses: Brie, Camembert and a variety o...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    A fantastic way to learn history! Rather than another boring list of dates, people, and events, the authors take a completely different route. Use the deliciously wonderful foods of France to explain history! Why did the Romans consider the Germanic tribes barbarians? One big reason w...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- A French cheesemonger and an American academic join forces to serve up a sumptuous history of France and its food, in the delicious tradition of Anthony Bo...

    This was a fun book for history- and food-lovers alike. The French-and-American author couple go from pre-Roman times right up to the present, regaling us with lots of mini food histories, collisions of culture, and who-knew? moments. Food often served as class markers, nobles disda...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    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. It deals with bread, and cheese, and wine, of course. How could it not? But it also gives the reader an insight into how the potato came to be so loved ...

    I came at this book with a different perspective from most readers as a decades-long French resident and lover of good French food and wine. As such, I found much of the book a basic rehash of French history with overly-long simplistic explanations, and not enough attention paid to foo...

    A week ago I listened to a podcast episode of "Stuff You Missed In History Class" on Marie-Antoine Carême, the first 'Celebrity Chef'. I learned so much about the history of cooking in France in the 30 minute episode and was wondering whether there was a book out there on this very to...

    It's glib and unscholarly, but at least it's also much too long. ...

    This book is deliciously fascinating. What better way to learn about a country?s history than by being introduced to it around a certain food item, such as artichokes, wine or cheese. The author explains how politics, economics and culture link with food in ?foodways?, which reve...

    What a charming and delightful book this is. From rustic kitchens to haute cuisine, French food and gastronomy are the best in the world. This terrific book tells the story of how French cuisine came about. Starting with the Celtic Gauls and ending with the post WWII wrangles between F...

    Very interesting bits of history that I didn't know, and not all them about food. Worst complaint? The font size made it very difficult for me to read without tiring my eyes and making me drift off to sleep many times. Way too small. The other complaint I have is - there are no...

    I received a copy of this book via Netgalley. The book proposes to tell the vast and complex history of France through its foods, and it succeeds. As a foodie and a history buff, I found the approach fascinating and amusing. The authors directly confront the contemporary insistence ...

    This is a fun book with short chapters digging in to the culinary history of France--linking the Muslim invasion of the 8th century with goat cheese, Louis Xiv and his fondness for oranges (not Dutch people, oranges), the French Revolution and bread riots, the olive oil/butter and choc...

    I chose this book since I was planning a trip to Paris and was looking to learn a bit more on the cuisine that is infamous for it's flavors from the rustic to the more modern stylings. I loved learning about the history of France through it's culinary styles. I already knew quite a bit...

    Thank you the New Press and Netgalley for this ARC. I was excited to have the opportunity to read this book in the lead up to our first visit to France. I thoroughly enjoyed dipping in and out of the book, learning about their food, history and other entertaining snippets in prepara...

    If you are interested in France or French food, you'll love this book. It's written in an easy, entertaining style and a lot of fun to read and learn. Many thanks to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for my ARC. All opinions are my own. ...

    ?Stepping out on your other book, eh?? was the response of the Long-Suffering Wife (LSW) when I told her that I was taking a summertime break from my difficult and serious Important Modern Novel to have a reading fling with this sweet young thing from France. It's not what it l...

    What an interesting book! The authors blended French history and gastronomy in a unique way. I learned so much. My only critique is that the book was too long. The chapters were, indeed, bite sized but there were just so many of them. At one point I thought...we?re still in the 1400?...

    This is a fun little read for anyone who loves the history of food. French cuisine is hailed as on of the hardest and most revered cuisines in all the world. This book follows French food and it's advances from the Roman invasion to Julia Child's benedictine. It is one that will have y...

    (Note: I received an advanced electronic copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley) Culinary and national history pair like cheese and wine in this lovely read. Each chapter is easily digestible, yet also informatively packed, and they all open up separate but equally fascinating door...

    This was so much fun, i kept reading sections to whoever was in the area and it made me sooo hungry and thirsty. Well written, easy to quote or drop bits from at a bar and the weirdest thing - the notes are great! The book is almost an aphrodisiac. ...

    What a fascinating book this was! It's bite-sized in title only - it's actually a thorough, comprehensive, fantastically prepared history of France from the ancients to the current day, told with an eye to how history impacted the French gustatory and libation environment. It's well-wr...

    Thanks to NetGalley and to the editor. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. With this book, we visit France. It's all centered around food and history. It has an interesting idea because the authors show us how strongly tied food and history are, and they...

    This book started out magically - showcasing the intersection between history and food, culture and sustenance. The connections that the authors make between the changing borders, ongoing wars, cultural expectations and historic coincidences does a truly outstanding job of highlighting...

    Thank you Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book previous publication in exchange for an honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as I thought I would, because it belongs to my favourite literary subgenre: people who tell me a variety of things I don't know. I love s...

  • Janet
    Jun 08, 2018

    I have been reading this book for a little over a week now. I finally finished it last night, and I enjoyed it quite a lot. It isn't the type of book you sit down and read cover to cover, but it works well as an in between type of read. It was packed full of interesting facts and a...

    I love French food (actually I love food full-stop), I love visiting France, and I am really interested in history, so this book was made for me. It is a staggering tour de force covering 2500 years of French history from the pre-Roman Gauls to the present day, showing the influence hi...

    The more I read this book the more hungry I got :) Also, it was impossible to read this book without a glass of French wine. via Wikimedia commons I have a confession to make: while I read this book I ate unprecedented amounts of French cheeses: Brie, Camembert and a variety o...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    A fantastic way to learn history! Rather than another boring list of dates, people, and events, the authors take a completely different route. Use the deliciously wonderful foods of France to explain history! Why did the Romans consider the Germanic tribes barbarians? One big reason w...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- A French cheesemonger and an American academic join forces to serve up a sumptuous history of France and its food, in the delicious tradition of Anthony Bo...

  • Sibil
    Aug 21, 2018

    I have been reading this book for a little over a week now. I finally finished it last night, and I enjoyed it quite a lot. It isn't the type of book you sit down and read cover to cover, but it works well as an in between type of read. It was packed full of interesting facts and a...

    I love French food (actually I love food full-stop), I love visiting France, and I am really interested in history, so this book was made for me. It is a staggering tour de force covering 2500 years of French history from the pre-Roman Gauls to the present day, showing the influence hi...

    The more I read this book the more hungry I got :) Also, it was impossible to read this book without a glass of French wine. via Wikimedia commons I have a confession to make: while I read this book I ate unprecedented amounts of French cheeses: Brie, Camembert and a variety o...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    A fantastic way to learn history! Rather than another boring list of dates, people, and events, the authors take a completely different route. Use the deliciously wonderful foods of France to explain history! Why did the Romans consider the Germanic tribes barbarians? One big reason w...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- A French cheesemonger and an American academic join forces to serve up a sumptuous history of France and its food, in the delicious tradition of Anthony Bo...

    This was a fun book for history- and food-lovers alike. The French-and-American author couple go from pre-Roman times right up to the present, regaling us with lots of mini food histories, collisions of culture, and who-knew? moments. Food often served as class markers, nobles disda...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    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. It deals with bread, and cheese, and wine, of course. How could it not? But it also gives the reader an insight into how the potato came to be so loved ...

    I came at this book with a different perspective from most readers as a decades-long French resident and lover of good French food and wine. As such, I found much of the book a basic rehash of French history with overly-long simplistic explanations, and not enough attention paid to foo...

    A week ago I listened to a podcast episode of "Stuff You Missed In History Class" on Marie-Antoine Carême, the first 'Celebrity Chef'. I learned so much about the history of cooking in France in the 30 minute episode and was wondering whether there was a book out there on this very to...

    It's glib and unscholarly, but at least it's also much too long. ...

    This book is deliciously fascinating. What better way to learn about a country?s history than by being introduced to it around a certain food item, such as artichokes, wine or cheese. The author explains how politics, economics and culture link with food in ?foodways?, which reve...

    What a charming and delightful book this is. From rustic kitchens to haute cuisine, French food and gastronomy are the best in the world. This terrific book tells the story of how French cuisine came about. Starting with the Celtic Gauls and ending with the post WWII wrangles between F...

    Very interesting bits of history that I didn't know, and not all them about food. Worst complaint? The font size made it very difficult for me to read without tiring my eyes and making me drift off to sleep many times. Way too small. The other complaint I have is - there are no...

    I received a copy of this book via Netgalley. The book proposes to tell the vast and complex history of France through its foods, and it succeeds. As a foodie and a history buff, I found the approach fascinating and amusing. The authors directly confront the contemporary insistence ...

    This is a fun book with short chapters digging in to the culinary history of France--linking the Muslim invasion of the 8th century with goat cheese, Louis Xiv and his fondness for oranges (not Dutch people, oranges), the French Revolution and bread riots, the olive oil/butter and choc...

    I chose this book since I was planning a trip to Paris and was looking to learn a bit more on the cuisine that is infamous for it's flavors from the rustic to the more modern stylings. I loved learning about the history of France through it's culinary styles. I already knew quite a bit...

    Thank you the New Press and Netgalley for this ARC. I was excited to have the opportunity to read this book in the lead up to our first visit to France. I thoroughly enjoyed dipping in and out of the book, learning about their food, history and other entertaining snippets in prepara...

    If you are interested in France or French food, you'll love this book. It's written in an easy, entertaining style and a lot of fun to read and learn. Many thanks to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for my ARC. All opinions are my own. ...

    ?Stepping out on your other book, eh?? was the response of the Long-Suffering Wife (LSW) when I told her that I was taking a summertime break from my difficult and serious Important Modern Novel to have a reading fling with this sweet young thing from France. It's not what it l...

    What an interesting book! The authors blended French history and gastronomy in a unique way. I learned so much. My only critique is that the book was too long. The chapters were, indeed, bite sized but there were just so many of them. At one point I thought...we?re still in the 1400?...

    This is a fun little read for anyone who loves the history of food. French cuisine is hailed as on of the hardest and most revered cuisines in all the world. This book follows French food and it's advances from the Roman invasion to Julia Child's benedictine. It is one that will have y...

    (Note: I received an advanced electronic copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley) Culinary and national history pair like cheese and wine in this lovely read. Each chapter is easily digestible, yet also informatively packed, and they all open up separate but equally fascinating door...

    This was so much fun, i kept reading sections to whoever was in the area and it made me sooo hungry and thirsty. Well written, easy to quote or drop bits from at a bar and the weirdest thing - the notes are great! The book is almost an aphrodisiac. ...

    What a fascinating book this was! It's bite-sized in title only - it's actually a thorough, comprehensive, fantastically prepared history of France from the ancients to the current day, told with an eye to how history impacted the French gustatory and libation environment. It's well-wr...

    Thanks to NetGalley and to the editor. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. With this book, we visit France. It's all centered around food and history. It has an interesting idea because the authors show us how strongly tied food and history are, and they...

  • Beth Cato
    Jul 14, 2018

    I have been reading this book for a little over a week now. I finally finished it last night, and I enjoyed it quite a lot. It isn't the type of book you sit down and read cover to cover, but it works well as an in between type of read. It was packed full of interesting facts and a...

    I love French food (actually I love food full-stop), I love visiting France, and I am really interested in history, so this book was made for me. It is a staggering tour de force covering 2500 years of French history from the pre-Roman Gauls to the present day, showing the influence hi...

    The more I read this book the more hungry I got :) Also, it was impossible to read this book without a glass of French wine. via Wikimedia commons I have a confession to make: while I read this book I ate unprecedented amounts of French cheeses: Brie, Camembert and a variety o...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    A fantastic way to learn history! Rather than another boring list of dates, people, and events, the authors take a completely different route. Use the deliciously wonderful foods of France to explain history! Why did the Romans consider the Germanic tribes barbarians? One big reason w...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- A French cheesemonger and an American academic join forces to serve up a sumptuous history of France and its food, in the delicious tradition of Anthony Bo...

    This was a fun book for history- and food-lovers alike. The French-and-American author couple go from pre-Roman times right up to the present, regaling us with lots of mini food histories, collisions of culture, and who-knew? moments. Food often served as class markers, nobles disda...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    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. It deals with bread, and cheese, and wine, of course. How could it not? But it also gives the reader an insight into how the potato came to be so loved ...

    I came at this book with a different perspective from most readers as a decades-long French resident and lover of good French food and wine. As such, I found much of the book a basic rehash of French history with overly-long simplistic explanations, and not enough attention paid to foo...

    A week ago I listened to a podcast episode of "Stuff You Missed In History Class" on Marie-Antoine Carême, the first 'Celebrity Chef'. I learned so much about the history of cooking in France in the 30 minute episode and was wondering whether there was a book out there on this very to...

    It's glib and unscholarly, but at least it's also much too long. ...

    This book is deliciously fascinating. What better way to learn about a country?s history than by being introduced to it around a certain food item, such as artichokes, wine or cheese. The author explains how politics, economics and culture link with food in ?foodways?, which reve...

    What a charming and delightful book this is. From rustic kitchens to haute cuisine, French food and gastronomy are the best in the world. This terrific book tells the story of how French cuisine came about. Starting with the Celtic Gauls and ending with the post WWII wrangles between F...

    Very interesting bits of history that I didn't know, and not all them about food. Worst complaint? The font size made it very difficult for me to read without tiring my eyes and making me drift off to sleep many times. Way too small. The other complaint I have is - there are no...

    I received a copy of this book via Netgalley. The book proposes to tell the vast and complex history of France through its foods, and it succeeds. As a foodie and a history buff, I found the approach fascinating and amusing. The authors directly confront the contemporary insistence ...

  • Terry ~ Huntress of Erudition
    Aug 11, 2018

    I have been reading this book for a little over a week now. I finally finished it last night, and I enjoyed it quite a lot. It isn't the type of book you sit down and read cover to cover, but it works well as an in between type of read. It was packed full of interesting facts and a...

    I love French food (actually I love food full-stop), I love visiting France, and I am really interested in history, so this book was made for me. It is a staggering tour de force covering 2500 years of French history from the pre-Roman Gauls to the present day, showing the influence hi...

    The more I read this book the more hungry I got :) Also, it was impossible to read this book without a glass of French wine. via Wikimedia commons I have a confession to make: while I read this book I ate unprecedented amounts of French cheeses: Brie, Camembert and a variety o...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

  • Terry ~ Huntress of Erudition
    Aug 11, 2018

    I have been reading this book for a little over a week now. I finally finished it last night, and I enjoyed it quite a lot. It isn't the type of book you sit down and read cover to cover, but it works well as an in between type of read. It was packed full of interesting facts and a...

    I love French food (actually I love food full-stop), I love visiting France, and I am really interested in history, so this book was made for me. It is a staggering tour de force covering 2500 years of French history from the pre-Roman Gauls to the present day, showing the influence hi...

    The more I read this book the more hungry I got :) Also, it was impossible to read this book without a glass of French wine. via Wikimedia commons I have a confession to make: while I read this book I ate unprecedented amounts of French cheeses: Brie, Camembert and a variety o...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    A fantastic way to learn history! Rather than another boring list of dates, people, and events, the authors take a completely different route. Use the deliciously wonderful foods of France to explain history! Why did the Romans consider the Germanic tribes barbarians? One big reason w...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- A French cheesemonger and an American academic join forces to serve up a sumptuous history of France and its food, in the delicious tradition of Anthony Bo...

    This was a fun book for history- and food-lovers alike. The French-and-American author couple go from pre-Roman times right up to the present, regaling us with lots of mini food histories, collisions of culture, and who-knew? moments. Food often served as class markers, nobles disda...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

  • Geoffrey
    Jun 18, 2018

    I have been reading this book for a little over a week now. I finally finished it last night, and I enjoyed it quite a lot. It isn't the type of book you sit down and read cover to cover, but it works well as an in between type of read. It was packed full of interesting facts and a...

    I love French food (actually I love food full-stop), I love visiting France, and I am really interested in history, so this book was made for me. It is a staggering tour de force covering 2500 years of French history from the pre-Roman Gauls to the present day, showing the influence hi...

    The more I read this book the more hungry I got :) Also, it was impossible to read this book without a glass of French wine. via Wikimedia commons I have a confession to make: while I read this book I ate unprecedented amounts of French cheeses: Brie, Camembert and a variety o...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    A fantastic way to learn history! Rather than another boring list of dates, people, and events, the authors take a completely different route. Use the deliciously wonderful foods of France to explain history! Why did the Romans consider the Germanic tribes barbarians? One big reason w...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- A French cheesemonger and an American academic join forces to serve up a sumptuous history of France and its food, in the delicious tradition of Anthony Bo...

    This was a fun book for history- and food-lovers alike. The French-and-American author couple go from pre-Roman times right up to the present, regaling us with lots of mini food histories, collisions of culture, and who-knew? moments. Food often served as class markers, nobles disda...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    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. It deals with bread, and cheese, and wine, of course. How could it not? But it also gives the reader an insight into how the potato came to be so loved ...

    I came at this book with a different perspective from most readers as a decades-long French resident and lover of good French food and wine. As such, I found much of the book a basic rehash of French history with overly-long simplistic explanations, and not enough attention paid to foo...

    A week ago I listened to a podcast episode of "Stuff You Missed In History Class" on Marie-Antoine Carême, the first 'Celebrity Chef'. I learned so much about the history of cooking in France in the 30 minute episode and was wondering whether there was a book out there on this very to...

    It's glib and unscholarly, but at least it's also much too long. ...

    This book is deliciously fascinating. What better way to learn about a country?s history than by being introduced to it around a certain food item, such as artichokes, wine or cheese. The author explains how politics, economics and culture link with food in ?foodways?, which reve...

    What a charming and delightful book this is. From rustic kitchens to haute cuisine, French food and gastronomy are the best in the world. This terrific book tells the story of how French cuisine came about. Starting with the Celtic Gauls and ending with the post WWII wrangles between F...

    Very interesting bits of history that I didn't know, and not all them about food. Worst complaint? The font size made it very difficult for me to read without tiring my eyes and making me drift off to sleep many times. Way too small. The other complaint I have is - there are no...

    I received a copy of this book via Netgalley. The book proposes to tell the vast and complex history of France through its foods, and it succeeds. As a foodie and a history buff, I found the approach fascinating and amusing. The authors directly confront the contemporary insistence ...

    This is a fun book with short chapters digging in to the culinary history of France--linking the Muslim invasion of the 8th century with goat cheese, Louis Xiv and his fondness for oranges (not Dutch people, oranges), the French Revolution and bread riots, the olive oil/butter and choc...

    I chose this book since I was planning a trip to Paris and was looking to learn a bit more on the cuisine that is infamous for it's flavors from the rustic to the more modern stylings. I loved learning about the history of France through it's culinary styles. I already knew quite a bit...

    Thank you the New Press and Netgalley for this ARC. I was excited to have the opportunity to read this book in the lead up to our first visit to France. I thoroughly enjoyed dipping in and out of the book, learning about their food, history and other entertaining snippets in prepara...

    If you are interested in France or French food, you'll love this book. It's written in an easy, entertaining style and a lot of fun to read and learn. Many thanks to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for my ARC. All opinions are my own. ...

    ?Stepping out on your other book, eh?? was the response of the Long-Suffering Wife (LSW) when I told her that I was taking a summertime break from my difficult and serious Important Modern Novel to have a reading fling with this sweet young thing from France. It's not what it l...

    What an interesting book! The authors blended French history and gastronomy in a unique way. I learned so much. My only critique is that the book was too long. The chapters were, indeed, bite sized but there were just so many of them. At one point I thought...we?re still in the 1400?...

    This is a fun little read for anyone who loves the history of food. French cuisine is hailed as on of the hardest and most revered cuisines in all the world. This book follows French food and it's advances from the Roman invasion to Julia Child's benedictine. It is one that will have y...

    (Note: I received an advanced electronic copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley) Culinary and national history pair like cheese and wine in this lovely read. Each chapter is easily digestible, yet also informatively packed, and they all open up separate but equally fascinating door...

  • Lady Alexandrine
    Jul 28, 2018

    I have been reading this book for a little over a week now. I finally finished it last night, and I enjoyed it quite a lot. It isn't the type of book you sit down and read cover to cover, but it works well as an in between type of read. It was packed full of interesting facts and a...

    I love French food (actually I love food full-stop), I love visiting France, and I am really interested in history, so this book was made for me. It is a staggering tour de force covering 2500 years of French history from the pre-Roman Gauls to the present day, showing the influence hi...

    The more I read this book the more hungry I got :) Also, it was impossible to read this book without a glass of French wine. via Wikimedia commons I have a confession to make: while I read this book I ate unprecedented amounts of French cheeses: Brie, Camembert and a variety o...

  • Corinna Fabre
    Jun 23, 2018

    I have been reading this book for a little over a week now. I finally finished it last night, and I enjoyed it quite a lot. It isn't the type of book you sit down and read cover to cover, but it works well as an in between type of read. It was packed full of interesting facts and a...

    I love French food (actually I love food full-stop), I love visiting France, and I am really interested in history, so this book was made for me. It is a staggering tour de force covering 2500 years of French history from the pre-Roman Gauls to the present day, showing the influence hi...

    The more I read this book the more hungry I got :) Also, it was impossible to read this book without a glass of French wine. via Wikimedia commons I have a confession to make: while I read this book I ate unprecedented amounts of French cheeses: Brie, Camembert and a variety o...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    A fantastic way to learn history! Rather than another boring list of dates, people, and events, the authors take a completely different route. Use the deliciously wonderful foods of France to explain history! Why did the Romans consider the Germanic tribes barbarians? One big reason w...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- A French cheesemonger and an American academic join forces to serve up a sumptuous history of France and its food, in the delicious tradition of Anthony Bo...

    This was a fun book for history- and food-lovers alike. The French-and-American author couple go from pre-Roman times right up to the present, regaling us with lots of mini food histories, collisions of culture, and who-knew? moments. Food often served as class markers, nobles disda...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    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. It deals with bread, and cheese, and wine, of course. How could it not? But it also gives the reader an insight into how the potato came to be so loved ...

    I came at this book with a different perspective from most readers as a decades-long French resident and lover of good French food and wine. As such, I found much of the book a basic rehash of French history with overly-long simplistic explanations, and not enough attention paid to foo...

    A week ago I listened to a podcast episode of "Stuff You Missed In History Class" on Marie-Antoine Carême, the first 'Celebrity Chef'. I learned so much about the history of cooking in France in the 30 minute episode and was wondering whether there was a book out there on this very to...

    It's glib and unscholarly, but at least it's also much too long. ...

    This book is deliciously fascinating. What better way to learn about a country?s history than by being introduced to it around a certain food item, such as artichokes, wine or cheese. The author explains how politics, economics and culture link with food in ?foodways?, which reve...

    What a charming and delightful book this is. From rustic kitchens to haute cuisine, French food and gastronomy are the best in the world. This terrific book tells the story of how French cuisine came about. Starting with the Celtic Gauls and ending with the post WWII wrangles between F...

    Very interesting bits of history that I didn't know, and not all them about food. Worst complaint? The font size made it very difficult for me to read without tiring my eyes and making me drift off to sleep many times. Way too small. The other complaint I have is - there are no...

    I received a copy of this book via Netgalley. The book proposes to tell the vast and complex history of France through its foods, and it succeeds. As a foodie and a history buff, I found the approach fascinating and amusing. The authors directly confront the contemporary insistence ...

    This is a fun book with short chapters digging in to the culinary history of France--linking the Muslim invasion of the 8th century with goat cheese, Louis Xiv and his fondness for oranges (not Dutch people, oranges), the French Revolution and bread riots, the olive oil/butter and choc...

    I chose this book since I was planning a trip to Paris and was looking to learn a bit more on the cuisine that is infamous for it's flavors from the rustic to the more modern stylings. I loved learning about the history of France through it's culinary styles. I already knew quite a bit...

    Thank you the New Press and Netgalley for this ARC. I was excited to have the opportunity to read this book in the lead up to our first visit to France. I thoroughly enjoyed dipping in and out of the book, learning about their food, history and other entertaining snippets in prepara...

    If you are interested in France or French food, you'll love this book. It's written in an easy, entertaining style and a lot of fun to read and learn. Many thanks to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for my ARC. All opinions are my own. ...

    ?Stepping out on your other book, eh?? was the response of the Long-Suffering Wife (LSW) when I told her that I was taking a summertime break from my difficult and serious Important Modern Novel to have a reading fling with this sweet young thing from France. It's not what it l...

    What an interesting book! The authors blended French history and gastronomy in a unique way. I learned so much. My only critique is that the book was too long. The chapters were, indeed, bite sized but there were just so many of them. At one point I thought...we?re still in the 1400?...

    This is a fun little read for anyone who loves the history of food. French cuisine is hailed as on of the hardest and most revered cuisines in all the world. This book follows French food and it's advances from the Roman invasion to Julia Child's benedictine. It is one that will have y...

    (Note: I received an advanced electronic copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley) Culinary and national history pair like cheese and wine in this lovely read. Each chapter is easily digestible, yet also informatively packed, and they all open up separate but equally fascinating door...

    This was so much fun, i kept reading sections to whoever was in the area and it made me sooo hungry and thirsty. Well written, easy to quote or drop bits from at a bar and the weirdest thing - the notes are great! The book is almost an aphrodisiac. ...

    What a fascinating book this was! It's bite-sized in title only - it's actually a thorough, comprehensive, fantastically prepared history of France from the ancients to the current day, told with an eye to how history impacted the French gustatory and libation environment. It's well-wr...

    Thanks to NetGalley and to the editor. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. With this book, we visit France. It's all centered around food and history. It has an interesting idea because the authors show us how strongly tied food and history are, and they...

    This book started out magically - showcasing the intersection between history and food, culture and sustenance. The connections that the authors make between the changing borders, ongoing wars, cultural expectations and historic coincidences does a truly outstanding job of highlighting...

  •  Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ
    Sep 09, 2018

    I have been reading this book for a little over a week now. I finally finished it last night, and I enjoyed it quite a lot. It isn't the type of book you sit down and read cover to cover, but it works well as an in between type of read. It was packed full of interesting facts and a...

    I love French food (actually I love food full-stop), I love visiting France, and I am really interested in history, so this book was made for me. It is a staggering tour de force covering 2500 years of French history from the pre-Roman Gauls to the present day, showing the influence hi...

    The more I read this book the more hungry I got :) Also, it was impossible to read this book without a glass of French wine. via Wikimedia commons I have a confession to make: while I read this book I ate unprecedented amounts of French cheeses: Brie, Camembert and a variety o...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    A fantastic way to learn history! Rather than another boring list of dates, people, and events, the authors take a completely different route. Use the deliciously wonderful foods of France to explain history! Why did the Romans consider the Germanic tribes barbarians? One big reason w...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- A French cheesemonger and an American academic join forces to serve up a sumptuous history of France and its food, in the delicious tradition of Anthony Bo...

    This was a fun book for history- and food-lovers alike. The French-and-American author couple go from pre-Roman times right up to the present, regaling us with lots of mini food histories, collisions of culture, and who-knew? moments. Food often served as class markers, nobles disda...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    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. It deals with bread, and cheese, and wine, of course. How could it not? But it also gives the reader an insight into how the potato came to be so loved ...

    I came at this book with a different perspective from most readers as a decades-long French resident and lover of good French food and wine. As such, I found much of the book a basic rehash of French history with overly-long simplistic explanations, and not enough attention paid to foo...

    A week ago I listened to a podcast episode of "Stuff You Missed In History Class" on Marie-Antoine Carême, the first 'Celebrity Chef'. I learned so much about the history of cooking in France in the 30 minute episode and was wondering whether there was a book out there on this very to...

    It's glib and unscholarly, but at least it's also much too long. ...

    This book is deliciously fascinating. What better way to learn about a country?s history than by being introduced to it around a certain food item, such as artichokes, wine or cheese. The author explains how politics, economics and culture link with food in ?foodways?, which reve...

    What a charming and delightful book this is. From rustic kitchens to haute cuisine, French food and gastronomy are the best in the world. This terrific book tells the story of how French cuisine came about. Starting with the Celtic Gauls and ending with the post WWII wrangles between F...

    Very interesting bits of history that I didn't know, and not all them about food. Worst complaint? The font size made it very difficult for me to read without tiring my eyes and making me drift off to sleep many times. Way too small. The other complaint I have is - there are no...

    I received a copy of this book via Netgalley. The book proposes to tell the vast and complex history of France through its foods, and it succeeds. As a foodie and a history buff, I found the approach fascinating and amusing. The authors directly confront the contemporary insistence ...

    This is a fun book with short chapters digging in to the culinary history of France--linking the Muslim invasion of the 8th century with goat cheese, Louis Xiv and his fondness for oranges (not Dutch people, oranges), the French Revolution and bread riots, the olive oil/butter and choc...

    I chose this book since I was planning a trip to Paris and was looking to learn a bit more on the cuisine that is infamous for it's flavors from the rustic to the more modern stylings. I loved learning about the history of France through it's culinary styles. I already knew quite a bit...

  • Chelsea Sawyers
    Jul 02, 2018

    I have been reading this book for a little over a week now. I finally finished it last night, and I enjoyed it quite a lot. It isn't the type of book you sit down and read cover to cover, but it works well as an in between type of read. It was packed full of interesting facts and a...

    I love French food (actually I love food full-stop), I love visiting France, and I am really interested in history, so this book was made for me. It is a staggering tour de force covering 2500 years of French history from the pre-Roman Gauls to the present day, showing the influence hi...

    The more I read this book the more hungry I got :) Also, it was impossible to read this book without a glass of French wine. via Wikimedia commons I have a confession to make: while I read this book I ate unprecedented amounts of French cheeses: Brie, Camembert and a variety o...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    A fantastic way to learn history! Rather than another boring list of dates, people, and events, the authors take a completely different route. Use the deliciously wonderful foods of France to explain history! Why did the Romans consider the Germanic tribes barbarians? One big reason w...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- A French cheesemonger and an American academic join forces to serve up a sumptuous history of France and its food, in the delicious tradition of Anthony Bo...

    This was a fun book for history- and food-lovers alike. The French-and-American author couple go from pre-Roman times right up to the present, regaling us with lots of mini food histories, collisions of culture, and who-knew? moments. Food often served as class markers, nobles disda...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    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. It deals with bread, and cheese, and wine, of course. How could it not? But it also gives the reader an insight into how the potato came to be so loved ...

    I came at this book with a different perspective from most readers as a decades-long French resident and lover of good French food and wine. As such, I found much of the book a basic rehash of French history with overly-long simplistic explanations, and not enough attention paid to foo...

    A week ago I listened to a podcast episode of "Stuff You Missed In History Class" on Marie-Antoine Carême, the first 'Celebrity Chef'. I learned so much about the history of cooking in France in the 30 minute episode and was wondering whether there was a book out there on this very to...

    It's glib and unscholarly, but at least it's also much too long. ...

    This book is deliciously fascinating. What better way to learn about a country?s history than by being introduced to it around a certain food item, such as artichokes, wine or cheese. The author explains how politics, economics and culture link with food in ?foodways?, which reve...

    What a charming and delightful book this is. From rustic kitchens to haute cuisine, French food and gastronomy are the best in the world. This terrific book tells the story of how French cuisine came about. Starting with the Celtic Gauls and ending with the post WWII wrangles between F...

    Very interesting bits of history that I didn't know, and not all them about food. Worst complaint? The font size made it very difficult for me to read without tiring my eyes and making me drift off to sleep many times. Way too small. The other complaint I have is - there are no...

    I received a copy of this book via Netgalley. The book proposes to tell the vast and complex history of France through its foods, and it succeeds. As a foodie and a history buff, I found the approach fascinating and amusing. The authors directly confront the contemporary insistence ...

    This is a fun book with short chapters digging in to the culinary history of France--linking the Muslim invasion of the 8th century with goat cheese, Louis Xiv and his fondness for oranges (not Dutch people, oranges), the French Revolution and bread riots, the olive oil/butter and choc...

    I chose this book since I was planning a trip to Paris and was looking to learn a bit more on the cuisine that is infamous for it's flavors from the rustic to the more modern stylings. I loved learning about the history of France through it's culinary styles. I already knew quite a bit...

    Thank you the New Press and Netgalley for this ARC. I was excited to have the opportunity to read this book in the lead up to our first visit to France. I thoroughly enjoyed dipping in and out of the book, learning about their food, history and other entertaining snippets in prepara...

    If you are interested in France or French food, you'll love this book. It's written in an easy, entertaining style and a lot of fun to read and learn. Many thanks to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for my ARC. All opinions are my own. ...

    ?Stepping out on your other book, eh?? was the response of the Long-Suffering Wife (LSW) when I told her that I was taking a summertime break from my difficult and serious Important Modern Novel to have a reading fling with this sweet young thing from France. It's not what it l...

    What an interesting book! The authors blended French history and gastronomy in a unique way. I learned so much. My only critique is that the book was too long. The chapters were, indeed, bite sized but there were just so many of them. At one point I thought...we?re still in the 1400?...

    This is a fun little read for anyone who loves the history of food. French cuisine is hailed as on of the hardest and most revered cuisines in all the world. This book follows French food and it's advances from the Roman invasion to Julia Child's benedictine. It is one that will have y...

  • Deirdre
    Aug 10, 2018

    I have been reading this book for a little over a week now. I finally finished it last night, and I enjoyed it quite a lot. It isn't the type of book you sit down and read cover to cover, but it works well as an in between type of read. It was packed full of interesting facts and a...

    I love French food (actually I love food full-stop), I love visiting France, and I am really interested in history, so this book was made for me. It is a staggering tour de force covering 2500 years of French history from the pre-Roman Gauls to the present day, showing the influence hi...

    The more I read this book the more hungry I got :) Also, it was impossible to read this book without a glass of French wine. via Wikimedia commons I have a confession to make: while I read this book I ate unprecedented amounts of French cheeses: Brie, Camembert and a variety o...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    A fantastic way to learn history! Rather than another boring list of dates, people, and events, the authors take a completely different route. Use the deliciously wonderful foods of France to explain history! Why did the Romans consider the Germanic tribes barbarians? One big reason w...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- A French cheesemonger and an American academic join forces to serve up a sumptuous history of France and its food, in the delicious tradition of Anthony Bo...

    This was a fun book for history- and food-lovers alike. The French-and-American author couple go from pre-Roman times right up to the present, regaling us with lots of mini food histories, collisions of culture, and who-knew? moments. Food often served as class markers, nobles disda...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    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. It deals with bread, and cheese, and wine, of course. How could it not? But it also gives the reader an insight into how the potato came to be so loved ...

    I came at this book with a different perspective from most readers as a decades-long French resident and lover of good French food and wine. As such, I found much of the book a basic rehash of French history with overly-long simplistic explanations, and not enough attention paid to foo...

    A week ago I listened to a podcast episode of "Stuff You Missed In History Class" on Marie-Antoine Carême, the first 'Celebrity Chef'. I learned so much about the history of cooking in France in the 30 minute episode and was wondering whether there was a book out there on this very to...

    It's glib and unscholarly, but at least it's also much too long. ...

    This book is deliciously fascinating. What better way to learn about a country?s history than by being introduced to it around a certain food item, such as artichokes, wine or cheese. The author explains how politics, economics and culture link with food in ?foodways?, which reve...

    What a charming and delightful book this is. From rustic kitchens to haute cuisine, French food and gastronomy are the best in the world. This terrific book tells the story of how French cuisine came about. Starting with the Celtic Gauls and ending with the post WWII wrangles between F...

    Very interesting bits of history that I didn't know, and not all them about food. Worst complaint? The font size made it very difficult for me to read without tiring my eyes and making me drift off to sleep many times. Way too small. The other complaint I have is - there are no...

  • Shevon Quijano
    Aug 30, 2018

    I have been reading this book for a little over a week now. I finally finished it last night, and I enjoyed it quite a lot. It isn't the type of book you sit down and read cover to cover, but it works well as an in between type of read. It was packed full of interesting facts and a...

    I love French food (actually I love food full-stop), I love visiting France, and I am really interested in history, so this book was made for me. It is a staggering tour de force covering 2500 years of French history from the pre-Roman Gauls to the present day, showing the influence hi...

    The more I read this book the more hungry I got :) Also, it was impossible to read this book without a glass of French wine. via Wikimedia commons I have a confession to make: while I read this book I ate unprecedented amounts of French cheeses: Brie, Camembert and a variety o...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    A fantastic way to learn history! Rather than another boring list of dates, people, and events, the authors take a completely different route. Use the deliciously wonderful foods of France to explain history! Why did the Romans consider the Germanic tribes barbarians? One big reason w...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- A French cheesemonger and an American academic join forces to serve up a sumptuous history of France and its food, in the delicious tradition of Anthony Bo...

    This was a fun book for history- and food-lovers alike. The French-and-American author couple go from pre-Roman times right up to the present, regaling us with lots of mini food histories, collisions of culture, and who-knew? moments. Food often served as class markers, nobles disda...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    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. It deals with bread, and cheese, and wine, of course. How could it not? But it also gives the reader an insight into how the potato came to be so loved ...

    I came at this book with a different perspective from most readers as a decades-long French resident and lover of good French food and wine. As such, I found much of the book a basic rehash of French history with overly-long simplistic explanations, and not enough attention paid to foo...

    A week ago I listened to a podcast episode of "Stuff You Missed In History Class" on Marie-Antoine Carême, the first 'Celebrity Chef'. I learned so much about the history of cooking in France in the 30 minute episode and was wondering whether there was a book out there on this very to...

    It's glib and unscholarly, but at least it's also much too long. ...

    This book is deliciously fascinating. What better way to learn about a country?s history than by being introduced to it around a certain food item, such as artichokes, wine or cheese. The author explains how politics, economics and culture link with food in ?foodways?, which reve...

    What a charming and delightful book this is. From rustic kitchens to haute cuisine, French food and gastronomy are the best in the world. This terrific book tells the story of how French cuisine came about. Starting with the Celtic Gauls and ending with the post WWII wrangles between F...

    Very interesting bits of history that I didn't know, and not all them about food. Worst complaint? The font size made it very difficult for me to read without tiring my eyes and making me drift off to sleep many times. Way too small. The other complaint I have is - there are no...

    I received a copy of this book via Netgalley. The book proposes to tell the vast and complex history of France through its foods, and it succeeds. As a foodie and a history buff, I found the approach fascinating and amusing. The authors directly confront the contemporary insistence ...

    This is a fun book with short chapters digging in to the culinary history of France--linking the Muslim invasion of the 8th century with goat cheese, Louis Xiv and his fondness for oranges (not Dutch people, oranges), the French Revolution and bread riots, the olive oil/butter and choc...

    I chose this book since I was planning a trip to Paris and was looking to learn a bit more on the cuisine that is infamous for it's flavors from the rustic to the more modern stylings. I loved learning about the history of France through it's culinary styles. I already knew quite a bit...

    Thank you the New Press and Netgalley for this ARC. I was excited to have the opportunity to read this book in the lead up to our first visit to France. I thoroughly enjoyed dipping in and out of the book, learning about their food, history and other entertaining snippets in prepara...

    If you are interested in France or French food, you'll love this book. It's written in an easy, entertaining style and a lot of fun to read and learn. Many thanks to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for my ARC. All opinions are my own. ...

    ?Stepping out on your other book, eh?? was the response of the Long-Suffering Wife (LSW) when I told her that I was taking a summertime break from my difficult and serious Important Modern Novel to have a reading fling with this sweet young thing from France. It's not what it l...

    What an interesting book! The authors blended French history and gastronomy in a unique way. I learned so much. My only critique is that the book was too long. The chapters were, indeed, bite sized but there were just so many of them. At one point I thought...we?re still in the 1400?...

  • Rosemary Standeven
    Jul 13, 2018

    I have been reading this book for a little over a week now. I finally finished it last night, and I enjoyed it quite a lot. It isn't the type of book you sit down and read cover to cover, but it works well as an in between type of read. It was packed full of interesting facts and a...

    I love French food (actually I love food full-stop), I love visiting France, and I am really interested in history, so this book was made for me. It is a staggering tour de force covering 2500 years of French history from the pre-Roman Gauls to the present day, showing the influence hi...

  • Tracy Rowan
    May 29, 2018

    I have been reading this book for a little over a week now. I finally finished it last night, and I enjoyed it quite a lot. It isn't the type of book you sit down and read cover to cover, but it works well as an in between type of read. It was packed full of interesting facts and a...

    I love French food (actually I love food full-stop), I love visiting France, and I am really interested in history, so this book was made for me. It is a staggering tour de force covering 2500 years of French history from the pre-Roman Gauls to the present day, showing the influence hi...

    The more I read this book the more hungry I got :) Also, it was impossible to read this book without a glass of French wine. via Wikimedia commons I have a confession to make: while I read this book I ate unprecedented amounts of French cheeses: Brie, Camembert and a variety o...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    A fantastic way to learn history! Rather than another boring list of dates, people, and events, the authors take a completely different route. Use the deliciously wonderful foods of France to explain history! Why did the Romans consider the Germanic tribes barbarians? One big reason w...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- A French cheesemonger and an American academic join forces to serve up a sumptuous history of France and its food, in the delicious tradition of Anthony Bo...

    This was a fun book for history- and food-lovers alike. The French-and-American author couple go from pre-Roman times right up to the present, regaling us with lots of mini food histories, collisions of culture, and who-knew? moments. Food often served as class markers, nobles disda...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    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. It deals with bread, and cheese, and wine, of course. How could it not? But it also gives the reader an insight into how the potato came to be so loved ...

  • Amanda
    Jul 23, 2018

    I have been reading this book for a little over a week now. I finally finished it last night, and I enjoyed it quite a lot. It isn't the type of book you sit down and read cover to cover, but it works well as an in between type of read. It was packed full of interesting facts and a...

    I love French food (actually I love food full-stop), I love visiting France, and I am really interested in history, so this book was made for me. It is a staggering tour de force covering 2500 years of French history from the pre-Roman Gauls to the present day, showing the influence hi...

    The more I read this book the more hungry I got :) Also, it was impossible to read this book without a glass of French wine. via Wikimedia commons I have a confession to make: while I read this book I ate unprecedented amounts of French cheeses: Brie, Camembert and a variety o...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    A fantastic way to learn history! Rather than another boring list of dates, people, and events, the authors take a completely different route. Use the deliciously wonderful foods of France to explain history! Why did the Romans consider the Germanic tribes barbarians? One big reason w...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- A French cheesemonger and an American academic join forces to serve up a sumptuous history of France and its food, in the delicious tradition of Anthony Bo...

    This was a fun book for history- and food-lovers alike. The French-and-American author couple go from pre-Roman times right up to the present, regaling us with lots of mini food histories, collisions of culture, and who-knew? moments. Food often served as class markers, nobles disda...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    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. It deals with bread, and cheese, and wine, of course. How could it not? But it also gives the reader an insight into how the potato came to be so loved ...

    I came at this book with a different perspective from most readers as a decades-long French resident and lover of good French food and wine. As such, I found much of the book a basic rehash of French history with overly-long simplistic explanations, and not enough attention paid to foo...

    A week ago I listened to a podcast episode of "Stuff You Missed In History Class" on Marie-Antoine Carême, the first 'Celebrity Chef'. I learned so much about the history of cooking in France in the 30 minute episode and was wondering whether there was a book out there on this very to...

    It's glib and unscholarly, but at least it's also much too long. ...

    This book is deliciously fascinating. What better way to learn about a country?s history than by being introduced to it around a certain food item, such as artichokes, wine or cheese. The author explains how politics, economics and culture link with food in ?foodways?, which reve...

    What a charming and delightful book this is. From rustic kitchens to haute cuisine, French food and gastronomy are the best in the world. This terrific book tells the story of how French cuisine came about. Starting with the Celtic Gauls and ending with the post WWII wrangles between F...

    Very interesting bits of history that I didn't know, and not all them about food. Worst complaint? The font size made it very difficult for me to read without tiring my eyes and making me drift off to sleep many times. Way too small. The other complaint I have is - there are no...

    I received a copy of this book via Netgalley. The book proposes to tell the vast and complex history of France through its foods, and it succeeds. As a foodie and a history buff, I found the approach fascinating and amusing. The authors directly confront the contemporary insistence ...

    This is a fun book with short chapters digging in to the culinary history of France--linking the Muslim invasion of the 8th century with goat cheese, Louis Xiv and his fondness for oranges (not Dutch people, oranges), the French Revolution and bread riots, the olive oil/butter and choc...

    I chose this book since I was planning a trip to Paris and was looking to learn a bit more on the cuisine that is infamous for it's flavors from the rustic to the more modern stylings. I loved learning about the history of France through it's culinary styles. I already knew quite a bit...

    Thank you the New Press and Netgalley for this ARC. I was excited to have the opportunity to read this book in the lead up to our first visit to France. I thoroughly enjoyed dipping in and out of the book, learning about their food, history and other entertaining snippets in prepara...

    If you are interested in France or French food, you'll love this book. It's written in an easy, entertaining style and a lot of fun to read and learn. Many thanks to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for my ARC. All opinions are my own. ...

  • Alex Rychlewski
    Aug 28, 2018

    I have been reading this book for a little over a week now. I finally finished it last night, and I enjoyed it quite a lot. It isn't the type of book you sit down and read cover to cover, but it works well as an in between type of read. It was packed full of interesting facts and a...

    I love French food (actually I love food full-stop), I love visiting France, and I am really interested in history, so this book was made for me. It is a staggering tour de force covering 2500 years of French history from the pre-Roman Gauls to the present day, showing the influence hi...

    The more I read this book the more hungry I got :) Also, it was impossible to read this book without a glass of French wine. via Wikimedia commons I have a confession to make: while I read this book I ate unprecedented amounts of French cheeses: Brie, Camembert and a variety o...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    A fantastic way to learn history! Rather than another boring list of dates, people, and events, the authors take a completely different route. Use the deliciously wonderful foods of France to explain history! Why did the Romans consider the Germanic tribes barbarians? One big reason w...

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- A French cheesemonger and an American academic join forces to serve up a sumptuous history of France and its food, in the delicious tradition of Anthony Bo...

    This was a fun book for history- and food-lovers alike. The French-and-American author couple go from pre-Roman times right up to the present, regaling us with lots of mini food histories, collisions of culture, and who-knew? moments. Food often served as class markers, nobles disda...

    A fascinating way to learn about France and Paris in particular, is through it's culinary history. I really enjoyed the easy, conversational narrative this book has - it was never dry or full. Full of insightful commentary about pertinent events involving food and history. Highly reco...

    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. It deals with bread, and cheese, and wine, of course. How could it not? But it also gives the reader an insight into how the potato came to be so loved ...

    I came at this book with a different perspective from most readers as a decades-long French resident and lover of good French food and wine. As such, I found much of the book a basic rehash of French history with overly-long simplistic explanations, and not enough attention paid to foo...