The Gourmands' Way

The Gourmands' Way

Six Americans in Paris and the Birth of A New Gastronomy

Book - 2017
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Describes the lives of six Americans who wrote extensively about food and wine as they traveled, explored, immersed themselves in culture, and struggled with their writing careers in France between 1945 and 1974.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780374103156
Characteristics: 433 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Dec 16, 2017

Whenever you hear authors on podcasts selling their books, you aren't sure if the really interesting ones can write as well as they sound. The author was so interesting and so engaging on the random podcast I caught him on that I searched him out on other book and food-related shows. He was engaging and smart and funny and all those things you want in anything that's taking up your attention while you're exercising.

And the book is just as engaging. His friendly and excited-about-his-subject tone is addictive. Some of the subjects of this book were people that I actively avoided reading about, but with this quirky perspective, I have learned so much about people who have made such a difference in the world and gave us so much sometimes with so little. There's plenty of triumph over tragedy to keep your interest - that's mainly what I read for - with wartime shortages and other hardships both personal and national to overcome.

This is what happens when a marvelous, gifted, talented, friendly, positive storyteller gets together with a subject matter that is equally fascinating and engaging. At least to a food memoir-loving reader like me.


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