Nov 14, 2017

First Chapter: A Taste of Paris by David Downie

A Taste of Paris: A History of the Parisian Love Affair with Food by David Downie, September 26, 2017,  courtesy of St. Martin's Press
Genre: travel, food, nonfiction

Described as "a culinary history" of Paris, this book is one of several books on Paris and France by David Downie, an informative, entertaining, and well researched writer. 

First Chapter:
A Conspiracy of Pleasure

Imagine a gastronomic romp through Paris weaving the living past into the lively present, the story of the great Parisian conspiracy to enjoy life - the city's centuries-old passion for food, wine, dining out and entertaining. That's what this book is about.

Long ago this love affair with food and wine earned Paris the name of the world's capital of fine dining. I had the foretaste of the fun as a young man during my first visit to the city in 1976. A decade later in the spring of 1986 I became a full-time conspirator,  taking possession of a seventh-floor, cold-water walk-up maid's room in the 17th arrondissement near the Arc de Triomphe. As soon as I unpacked I began mapping out Paris' gastronomic topography - the markets, stores, restaurants, and cafes that became my second home. 

Based on the first paragraphs and the book description, would you read on?

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12 comments:

Beth F said...

Oh this is soooooo my kind of book. Sounds great.

Kym said...

This looks delightful! Yes, I'd keep reading! Here's my Teaser/Intro post for this week: http://bit.ly/2zC0ztK

Kathy Martin said...

Sounds interesting. I'm not sure I'd pick this one up though. This week I am showcasing Heartstone by Elle Katherine White. Happy reading!

Harvee said...

Guess if you can't get to Paris this might be a substitute, food wise.

Harvee said...

One chapter at a time....

Harvee said...

Paris for real is the best, of course.

Suko said...

Oui, oui! I'd love to read more.

Harvee said...

When you can't get to Paris.....

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Harvey, this sounds like a good one - I'd keep reading - enjoy

Margot said...

I'd love to read this one. I'm hoping for a trip to Paris this year. If I get to go, this sounds like required reading. Thanks for sharing.

Harvee said...

It's chock full of info, Diane. To be enjoyed a bit at a time.

Harvee said...

Wishing you a Paris trip this year! Crossing my fingers.

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