From Absinthe to Zest

Author: Alexandre Dumas
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0241951836
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'The cook book as literature' Guardian As well as being the author of The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas was also an enthusiastic gourmand and expert cook. His Grand Dictionnaire de Cuisine, published in 1873, is an encyclopaedic collection of ingredients, recipes and anecdotes, from Absinthe to Zest via cake, frogs' legs, oysters, Roquefort and vanilla. Included here are recipes for bamboo pickle and strawberry omelette, advice on cooking all manner of beast from bear to kangaroo - as well as delightful digressions into how a fig started a war and whether truffles really increase ardour - brought together in a witty and gloriously eccentric culinary compendium. Throughout the history of civilization, food has been more than simple necessity. In countless cultures, it has been livelihood, status symbol, entertainment - and passion. In the GREAT FOOD series, Penguin brings you the finest food writing from the last 400 years, and opens the door to the wonders of every kitchen.

The Literary Gourmet

Author: Linda Wolfe
ISBN: 9780786754670
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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A unique cookbook for the avid reader, the award-winning Literary Gourmet has become an underground culinary classic. One of the first American works to anthologize dining scenes from literary masterpieces, the book also explores why so many of the world's greatest authors used dining scenes in their work, and provides recipes for recreating these sumptuous literary meals. The recipes gathered from classic cookbooks of the authors' own times and accompanied by histories of the chefs who wrote those books, have been adapted for our times and tested in the kitchens of New York's famed Four Seasons Restaurant. "A succulent anthology of food literature." - Anne Fadiman, Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader "An orginal idea beautifully carried out." - Boston Herald "A feast for both the mind and the serious belly." -United Features Syndicate

The Epicurean

Author: Charles Ranhofer
Publisher: Courier Dover Publications
ISBN: 1606601059
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Complete culinary encyclopedia, with more than 3,500 recipes and nearly 800 black-and-white illustrations. This edition of the great classic is available in a splendid hardcover facsimile of the rare 1893 original.

Accounting for Taste

Author: Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226243276
Format: PDF, Mobi
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French cuisine is such a staple in our understanding of fine food that we forget the accidents of history that led to its creation. Accounting for Taste brings these "accidents" to the surface, illuminating the magic of French cuisine and the mystery behind its historical development. Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson explains how the food of France became French cuisine. This momentous culinary journey begins with Ancien Régime cookbooks and ends with twenty-first-century cooking programs. It takes us from Carême, the "inventor" of modern French cuisine in the early nineteenth century, to top chefs today, such as Daniel Boulud and Jacques Pépin. Not a history of French cuisine, Accounting for Taste focuses on the people, places, and institutions that have made this cuisine what it is today: a privileged vehicle for national identity, a model of cultural ascendancy, and a pivotal site where practice and performance intersect. With sources as various as the novels of Balzac and Proust, interviews with contemporary chefs such as David Bouley and Charlie Trotter, and the film Babette's Feast, Ferguson maps the cultural field that structures culinary affairs in France and then exports its crucial ingredients. What's more, well beyond food, the intricate connections between cuisine and country, between local practice and national identity, illuminate the concept of culture itself. To Brillat-Savarin's famous dictum—"Animals fill themselves, people eat, intelligent people alone know how to eat"—Priscilla Ferguson adds, and Accounting for Taste shows, how the truly intelligent also know why they eat the way they do. “Parkhurst Ferguson has her nose in the right place, and an infectious lust for her subject that makes this trawl through the history and cultural significance of French food—from French Revolution to Babette’s Feast via Balzac’s suppers and Proust’s madeleines—a satisfying meal of varied courses.”—Ian Kelly, Times (UK)

Choice Cuts

Author: Mark Kurlansky
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1409078523
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The winner of the Glenfiddich Best Food Book Award leads is on a dazzling culinary tour around the world and through history - from the fifth century BC to the present day. Presented by subject - including 'Food and Sex', 'Bread', 'Rants' and 'Dessert' - and illustrated with Kurlansky's own pen-and-ink drawings as well as classic photographs, this wonderful collection, like the very best meal, is varied, delicious and uniquely satisfying.

The Omnivore s Dilemma

Author: Michael Pollan
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781594200823
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An ecological and anthropological study of eating offers insight into food consumption in the twenty-first century, explaining how an abundance of unlimited food varieties reveals the responsibilities of everyday consumers to protect their health and the environment. By the author of The Botany of Desire. 125,000 first printing.