Let's Eat France!

1,250 specialty foods, 375 iconic recipes, 350 topics, 260 personalities, plus hundreds of maps, charts, tricks, tips, and anecdotes and everything else you want to know about the food of France

By François-Régis Gaudry

There’s never been a book about food like Let’s Eat France! A book that feels literally larger than life, it is a feast for food lovers and Francophiles, combining the completist virtues of an encyclopedia and the obsessive visual pleasures of infographics with an enthusiast’s unbridled joy.

Here are classic recipes, including how to make a pot-au-feu, eight essential composed salads, pâté en croûte, blanquette de veau, choucroute, and the best ratatouille. Profiles of French food icons like Colette and Curnonsky, Brillat-Savarin and Bocuse, the Troigros dynasty and Victor Hugo. A region-by-region index of each area’s famed cheeses, charcuterie, and recipes. Poster-size guides to the breads of France, the wines of France, the oysters of France—even the frites of France. You’ll meet endive, the belle of the north; discover the croissant timeline; understand the art of tartare; find a chart of wine bottle sizes, from the tiny split to the Nebuchadnezzar (the equivalent of 20 standard bottles); and follow the family tree of French sauces.

Adding to the overall delight of the book is the random arrangement of its content (a tutorial on mayonnaise is next to a list of places where Balzac ate), making each page a found treasure. It’s a book you’ll open anywhere—and never want to close.

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Review quotes

“An encyclopedic (yet playful) celebration of French gastronomy.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Foodies will savor this stunning coffee-table book about all things French food—from recipes to guides to oysters and frites.”
​—Real Simple, 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

“Fascinating . . . astonishing.”
—The Daily Mail(UK)

“If you love France you’ll be in heaven as it’s . . . an utterly joyous celebration of all things French.”
—The Telegraph (UK),Diana Henry’s 20 Best Cookbooks to Buy This Autumn

“Gaudry . . . surpasses expectations with this monster of a book (it weighs 6 pounds!). Any questions you could possibly have regarding the food of France are answered here. Sprinkled with a mix of recipes, fun facts, personality profiles and more, this book is perfect for any Francophile.”
—FoodNetwork.com
 
“A master class in French gastronomy for the food-loving Francophile in your life.”
—Afar.com

“From fun facts, anecdotes, ingredient highlights, and recipes to wine infographics and personality profiles, Let’s Eat France! is not just another celebration of French classics through time; it’s a fun and nostalgic reverence to l’art de vivre à la française, one deeply rooted in gastronomic tradition.”
—Daniel Boulud

“When the most influential French food writer pays tribute to his country’s cuisine, the result is an ambitious, entertaining, and funny book that makes you salivate.”
—Alain Passard

Let’s Eat France! is a literary pot-au-feu—a stew of ingredients and stories that perfectly captures French cuisine.”
—Dan Barber

“This new reference book of French food heritage is a must-have for your bookcase and your kitchen!”
—Anne-Sophie Pic

Product Details
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Number of pages
432
Publication date
October 16, 2018
ISBN
9781579658762