Download e-book for iPad: Accounting for Taste: The Triumph of French Cuisine by Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson

By Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson

ISBN-10: 0226243230

ISBN-13: 9780226243238

ISBN-10: 0226243249

ISBN-13: 9780226243245

French delicacies is any such staple in our figuring out of good nutrition that we fail to remember the injuries of historical past that ended in its construction. Accounting for Taste brings those "accidents" to the skin, illuminating the magic of French food and the secret in the back of its ancient improvement. Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson explains how the foodstuff of France turned French cuisine.

This momentous culinary trip starts with Ancien Régime cookbooks and ends with twenty-first-century cooking courses. It takes us from Carême, the "inventor" of contemporary French food within the early 19th century, to most sensible cooks at the present time, akin to Daniel Boulud and Jacques Pépin. now not a historical past of French food, Accounting for Taste specializes in the folks, locations, and associations that experience made this delicacies what it really is at the present time: a privileged automobile for nationwide id, a version of cultural ascendancy, and a pivotal website the place perform and function intersect. With assets as a variety of because the novels of Balzac and Proust, interviews with modern cooks reminiscent of David Bouley and Charlie Trotter, and the movie Babette's Feast, Ferguson maps the cultural box that constructions culinary affairs in France after which exports its an important materials. what is extra, well past nutrition, the complex connections among delicacies and state, among neighborhood perform and nationwide identification, remove darkness from the concept that of tradition itself.

To Brillat-Savarin's well-known dictum—"Animals fill themselves, humans devour, clever humans by myself know the way to eat"—Priscilla Ferguson provides, and Accounting for Taste exhibits, how the really clever additionally recognize why they devour the best way they do.

“Parkhurst Ferguson has her nostril within the correct position, and an infectious lust for her topic that makes this trawl in the course of the historical past and cultural value of French food—from French Revolution to Babette’s Feast through Balzac’s suppers and Proust’s madeleines—a pleasurable meal of various courses.”—Ian Kelly, Times (UK)

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