Monday, October 13, 2008

Food Literature

An excellent book for food lovers is Une Gourmandise, by Muriel Barbery, who also wrote the award-winning and really brilliant l'Elegance du Herisson (now out in English translation as The Elegance of the Hedgehog). Une Gourmandise is the story of an influential food critic who is on his death bed and wants, before he dies, to recreate the signal food experience of his life. There are fantastic riffs on grilled fish, potatoes, and many other foods and experiences, and a satisfying ending. The French is relatively easy to read, without complex structure, but still it's French.

Bobby Jay

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