A Taste of Paris

A Taste of Paris

A History of the Parisian Love Affair With Food

Book - 2017
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Examines the history and geography of Paris to discover what it is about the history of the city that has made it a food lover's paradise.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250082930
Characteristics: xvi, 280 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Call Number: 394.120944 DOW


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Nov 27, 2017

Downie gives a thoroughly enjoyable ramble-rant through millennia of Parisian food history. He takes the reader from the conquest by Julius Caeasar and the creation of "Gallo-Latin" culture, through the later waves of Italian influence through the generations of Medici, and up to the pillars of Haute Cuisine. He is at times snarky (calling Escoffier the "worst thing to happen to French cuisine), at times bristling (when discussing the current trends of molecular and circus-cuisine designed to woo "Millennial-bobos"), and at times gushing about food that tastes like itself and reaches a simple perfection. There is a bit too much insider knowledge assumed - we all haven't had decades to explore the literally thousands of food establishments around Paris - but all in all, an enjoyable and tantalizing read.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at DCL

To Top