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A beautiful and deeply researched investigation into French cuisine, from the founding editor of the Art of Eating and author of 50 Foods.

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In The Food and Wine of France, influential food writer Edward Behr investigates French cuisine and what it means, in encounters from Champagne to Provence. He tells the stories of French artisans and chefs who continue to work at the highest level. Many people in and out of France have noted for a long time the slow retreat of French cuisine, concerned that it is losing its important place in the country's culture and in the world culture of food. And yet, as Behr writes, good French food remains very, very delicious. No cuisine is better. The sensuousness is overt. French cooking is generous, both obvious and subtle, simple and complex, rustic and utterly refined. A lot of recent inventive food by comparison is wildly abstract and austere. In the tradition of great food writers, Behr seeks out the best of French food and wine. He shows not only that it is as relevant as ever, but he also challenges us to see that it might become the world's next cutting-edge cuisine.

The Food and Wine of France is a remarkable journey of discovery. It is also an investigation into why classical French food is so extraordinarily delicious—and why it will endure.

"[An] extended love letter to French food and wine . . . Behr makes a strong case for the ongoing international relevance of French cuisine . . . A solid education in France's diverse terroir and culinary methodology." ---Publishers Weekly

"Behr serves as an admirable traveling companion through the world of French cuisine, offering high sailing on gustatory seas as well as grounding in history and broader cultural concerns." ---Kirkus

"Hangrily recommended—eat first or immediately after reading!" ---Library Journal

"Whether he's delivering the history of Roquefort cheese, the science behind bread-making, or the transformation of haute cuisine over time, Halstead's warm tones and alluring French accent evoke the wealth of details and surprises in these stories of food and its producers and chefs." ---AudioFile

"Listening to professional narrator Graham Halstead's smooth, silky voiced reading is as enjoyable as tasting a perfect wine paired with masterfully prepared dish, each bringing out the best in each." ---Sound Commentary Starred Review
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The Food and Wine of France

Eating and Drinking from Champagne to Provence

Author Edward Behr

Narrated by Graham Halstead

Publication date Aug 2, 2016

Running time 8 hrs 2 min

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