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 Review

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 Francophilia, to say nothing of bestselling cookbooks, like those of Julia Child and Paula Wolfert. Now, husband-and-wife team Stephane Henaut and Jeni Mitchell give us the rich history behind the food—from Roquefort and absinthe to couscous and Calvados. The tales in A Bite-Sized History of France will delight and edify even the most seasoned lovers of food, history, and all things French.

From the crêpe that doomed Napoleon to the new foods borne of crusades and colonization to the rebellions sparked by bread and salt, the history of France—from the Roman era to modern times—is intimately entwined with its gastronomic pursuits. Traversing the cuisines of France’s most famous cities as well as its underexplored regions, this innovative culinary and social history includes travel tips; illustrations that explore the impact of war, imperialism, and global trade; the age-old tension between tradition and innovation; and the ways in which food has been used over the centuries to enforce social and political identities. A Bite-Sized History of France tells the compelling story of France through its food.

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  • Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)

    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...

  • Rosemary Standeven

    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 o...

  • Lady Alexandrine

    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 commonsI have a confession to make: while I read this book I ...

  • Terry ~ Huntress of Erudition

    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 ...

  • Randal White

    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 ...

  • Janet

    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 ...

  • Christina Dudley

    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 ...

  • Terry ~ Huntress of Erudition

    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 ...

  • Tracy Rowan

    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...

  • Adrienne

    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 ...