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Remembrance of Things Paris: Sixty Years Of Writing From Gourmet by Ruth Reichl

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  • ISBN 10 0679643095
  • ISBN 13 9780679643098
  • Published Mar 11 2004
  • Format Hardcover
  • Language English
  • Publisher The Modern Library

Publishers Text

For sixty years, the best food writers have been sending dispatches from Paris to Gourmet. Collected here for the first time, their essays create a unique and timeless portrait of the world capital of love and food. When the book begins, just after the war, we are in a hungry city whose chefs struggle to find the eggs and cream they need to re-create the cuisine from before the German Occupation. We watch the city re-create itself, the cafes fill with people drinking cafe au lait and reveling in crisp baguettes the triumphant return of three-star cuisine. The next new thing is born and nouvelle cuisine sweeps through a newly chic and modern city. It is all here; the old-time bourgeois dinners, the taste-makers of the fashion world, the hero-chefs. Paris is spread before us, in all its snobbery and refinement, its inimitable pursuit of the fine art of living.


Beautifully written, these dispatches from the past are intimate and immediate, allowing us to watch the month-by-month changes in the world's most wonderful city. Remembrance of Things Paris is a book for anyone who wants to return to a Paris where a buttery madeleine is waiting around every corner.


Contributors Include: Samuel Chamberlain, Louis Diat, Naomi Barry, Joseph Weichsberg, Judith and Evan Jones, Don Dresden, Lillian Langseth-Christensen, Richard Sax, Catherine Reynolds, and many others.



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