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A celebration and critique of the changes in the French culinary landscape and a gastronomical excursion across the French countryside in search of the unsung cooks who are still doing it right. A culinary memoir that brings to life some of the most fascinating, glamorous food years in France and reveals gastronomical treasures from gifted artisans of the French countryside. From small cafes in Paris to Normandy, Alsace, the Basque country, and beyond, Dryansky takes us on a sweeping sensory journey, with a voice as thoughtful as Kingsolver, as entertaining as Bourdain, and as cogent and critical as Pollan.
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By Robert R. on 07-30-14
Uggh. So Shallow and Full of Name Dropping
If only he had stuck to the food.
Overall, VERY boring, and absolutely FULL of name dropping (to the point you wonder if these stories being relayed really even happened, or if the author's inventing his memories). He also keeps referring to a female companion or wife and kids but tells us nothing about her/them (at least not up to the point I simply had to quit reading).
Because I thought there might be interesting pictures, I also bought a hardback copy of the book, but the pictures in the book are as boring as the text in the book, almost an after thought, and often just generic proprietors awkwardly standing in front of food.
It's hard to make this subject matter boring, but the author excels at it. This is lifeless on the page (or in the earbuds).
Knowing what I know now, I'd absolutely pass on this title; and I couldn't recommend it to anyone.
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