Eating Eternity: Food, Art and Literature in France [pdf, epub] 1940842166

Eating Eternity: Food, Art and Literature in France

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  • Title: Eating Eternity: Food, Art and Literature in France
  • Autor: John Baxter
  • Publisher (Publication Date): Museyon (August 1, 2017)
  • Language: English

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“Show me another pleasure like dinner which comes every day and lasts an hour,” wrote Talleyrand. That Napoleon’s most gifted advisor should speak so highly of eating says much about the importance of food in French culture. From the crumbs of a madeleine dipped in tisane that inspired Marcel Proust to the vast produce market where Emile Zola set one of his finest novels, the French have celebrated the relationship between art and food. Eating Eternity offers a seductive menu of those places in the French capital where art and food have intersected. Appendices guide you to the restaurant where Napoleon proposed to Josephine, the cafés patronized by Ernest Hemingway, Henry Miller, Isadora Duncan and Man Ray, as well as those out-of-the-way sites that bring to life the culinary experience of Paris. Eating Eternity is an invaluable and unique guide to the art and food of Paris. Bon appetit! 

Review

“Entertaining, wide-ranging and gorgeously illustrated, Eating Eternity—despite its weird title—is a book you’ll want to lend to a friend. (But insist on its return.)” —Miranda Seymour, New York Times”In the delightful foodie stories throughout the twenty-nine chapters of Eating Eternity, we dine with a fascinating cast of historical figures: Louis XIV, Dom Perignon, Napoleon, Victor Hugo, Escoffier, Hemingway, Dali, and others…” —Matt Sutherland, Foreword Reviews

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About the Author

John Baxter is a writer, journalist and filmmaker; he has called Paris home since 1989. He is the author of numerous books including the autobiographical Immoveable Feast: A Paris Christmas, The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris, Chronicles of Old Paris: Exploring the Historic City of Light, The Golden Moments of Paris: A Guide to the Paris of the 1920s and French Riviera and Its Artists.

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Comments:

John Baxter is the thinking man’s ex pat. Having been in love with France for over 50 years I have a large personal library of France related literature including everyone of Baxter’s Books. He opens his homage to France and food with a quote from Talleyrand that says “Show me another pleasure which comes every day and lasts an hour.” Two common perceptions are that the French will eat anything and that they do it exceptionally well. Baxter’s book is more than a loving testament to the joys of French eating. It is also an in depth history of a people who have endured 2,000 years of battle across its lands where starvation has been a constant threat even as recently as the mid 20 th century. Having been invaded by Germany three times in 70 years and suffering through two World Wars just 20 years apart, eating achieves a prominence most of us can’t relate to. On a happier note, John Baxter’s unabashed love for France, eating, art and literature shines through on every page along with beautiful color plates of famous works of art relating to the joy of food. His scholarly credentials are without equal and his writings are nicely spiced with humor and personal anecdotes of a life well lived. Bon Appetite !

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