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Remembrance of Things Paris : Sixty Years of Writing from Gourmet (Modern Library)
REICHL, RUTH (Editor)
Published: March 16, 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
Gourmet magazine has been delivering tasty reports on France's restaurants and cuisine to Americans ever since the end of World War II. This anthology collects the magazine's best essays, which document Paris's transformation
over the years, and includes descriptions of such momentous events as the demise of the market at Les Halles and the development of nouvelle cuisine. The selection is heavy on Joseph Wechsberg, a frequent contributor during the '70s, and on Naomi Barry,
the magazine's first resident correspondent, but it also includes the work of Michael Lewis and Diane Johnson. The book covers everything from chocolate shops to legendary restaurants to instructions on how to make a perfect cassoulet. And it's not just
food writing-there are also pieces on haute couture, flower markets and Paris icon Alice B. Toklas, making this is a charming, nostalgic collection for francophiles of all stripes.
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Praise for Remembrance of Things Paris:
"With selections from the last six decades, this book gives the reader snapshots of Paris that are crisp, clear, and often poignant, proof that things really have
changed in the temple of food. The cameos of the sleeves-rolled-up individuals behind the big names-including Berthillon and Lenand#244;tre-read like fiction and remind us of a fundamental truth: creating magic in the kitchen is hard work, and the French
have been at it far longer than others. An entrancing book."
-Thad Carhart, New York Times-bestselling author of The Piano Shop on the Left Bank
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