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Take a culinary journey with author John Baxter through the world of French cooking from Paris to Nice to Normandy to Alsace-Lorraine. Along the way he tells the fascinating history of certain foods, exotic ingredients, restaurants, both good and bad, and the lives of the famous and infamous, all to be found in the remarkable world of French haute cuisine. Bon appetit!
Nathan— From The Perfect Meal: In Search of the Lost Tastes of France
IACP Cookbook Award Winner (Culinary Travel)
John Baxter's The Perfect Meal is part grand tour of France, part history of French cuisine, taking readers on a journey to discover and savor some of the world's great cultural achievements before they disappear completely.
Some of the most revered and complex elements of French cuisine are in danger of disappearing as old ways of agriculture, butchering, and cooking fade and are forgotten. In this charming culinary travel memoir, John Baxter follows up his bestselling The Most Beautiful Walk in the World by taking his readers on the hunt for some of the most delicious and bizarre endangered foods of France.
The Perfect Meal: In Search of the Lost Tastes of France is the perfect read for foodies and Francophiles, cooks and gastronomists, and fans of food culture.
“Delightful. ... This is one of those delicious books that tickles the psyche, seduces the senses, and effortlessly enlarges the intellect simultaneously.”