A Bite Sized History of France

A Bite Sized History of France

A witty exploration of the facts and legends surrounding some of the most popular French foods and wines by a French cheesemonger and an American academic, A Bite-Sized History of France tells the compelling and often surprising story of ...

Author: Stéphane Hénaut


ISBN: 1620975475

Category: Cooking

Page: 352

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A "delicious" (Dorie Greenspan), "genial" (Kirkus Reviews), "very cool book about the intersections of food and history" (Michael Pollan)--as featured in the New York Times "The complex political, historical, religious and social factors that shaped some of [France's] . . . most iconic dishes and culinary products are explored in a way that will make you rethink every sprinkling of fleur de sel." --The New York Times Book Review Acclaimed upon its hardcover publication as a "culinary treat for Francophiles" (Publishers Weekly), A Bite-Sized History of France is a thoroughly original book that explores the facts and legends of the most popular French foods and wines. Traversing the cuisines of France's most famous cities as well as its underexplored regions, the book is enriched by the "authors' friendly accessibility that makes these stories so memorable" (The New York Times Book Review). This innovative social history also explores the impact of war and imperialism, the age-old tension between tradition and innovation, and the enduring use of food to prop up social and political identities. The origins of the most legendary French foods and wines--from Roquefort and cognac to croissants and Calvados, from absinthe and oysters to Camembert and champagne--also reveal the social and political trends that propelled France's rise upon the world stage. As told by a Franco-American couple (Stéphane is a cheesemonger, Jeni is an academic) this is an "impressive book that intertwines stories of gastronomy, culture, war, and revolution. . . . It's a roller coaster ride, and when you're done you'll wish you could come back for more" (The Christian Science Monitor).
Categories: Cooking

Food and Feast in Premodern Outlaw Tales

Food and Feast in Premodern Outlaw Tales

See Stéphane Hénaut and Jeni Mitchell, A Bite-Sized History of France: Gastronomic Tales of Revolution, War, and Enlightenment (New York: The New Press, 2018), 43–46. 27. Given that the Saracen remains an enemy throughout the ...

Author: Melissa Ridley Elmes

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000372106

Category: History

Page: 268

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In Food and Feast in Premodern Outlaw Tales editors Melissa Ridley Elmes and Kristin Bovaird-Abbo gather eleven original studies examining scenes of food and feasting in premodern outlaw texts ranging from the tenth through the seventeenth centuries and forward to their cinematic adaptations. Along with fresh insights into the popular Robin Hood legend, these essays investigate the intersections of outlawry, food studies, and feasting in Old English, Middle English, and French outlaw narratives, Anglo-Scottish border ballads, early modern ballads and dramatic works, and cinematic medievalism. The range of critical and disciplinary approaches employed, including history, literary studies, cultural studies, food studies, gender studies, and film studies, highlights the inherently interdisciplinary nature of outlaw narratives. The overall volume offers an example of the ways in which examining a subject through interdisciplinary, cross-geographic and cross-temporal lenses can yield fresh insights; places canonic and well-known works in conversation with lesser-known texts to showcase the dynamic nature and cultural influence and impact of premodern outlaw tales; and presents an introductory foray into the intersection of literary and food studies in premodern contexts which will be of value and interest to specialists and a general audience, alike.
Categories: History

The Oxford Handbook of Decadence

The Oxford Handbook of Decadence

A Bite- Sized History of France: Gastronomic Tales of Revolution, War, and Enlightenment. New York: New Press, 2018. Krebs, John. Food: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. McNamee, Thomas.

Author: Jane Desmarais

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190066956


Page: 745

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The meaning of decadence varies with context, depending on what (or who) is understood to have declined, decayed, or degenerated. These negative meanings are familiar from history (the decline and fall of Rome), sociology (the decay of communities), morality (the degeneration of values), and more, including such popular conceptions of decadence as excess and corruption. At the same time, all of this negative decadence has found positive cultural expression, principally in literature, through the work of such celebrated nineteenth-century decadents as Charles Baudelaire, Oscar Wilde, and many others. This volume takes the study of decadence beyond these canonical literary works to explore the phenomenon in broader historical, geographical, and cultural contexts. In thirty-five chapters by esteemed scholars from a range of disciplines, the Oxford Handbook of Decadence addresses different critical periods, such as classical antiquity, various ages of empire, the interwar era in the twentieth century, and contemporary times, as well as key places--France, Belgium, Britain, Italy, Germany, the Nordic nations, Russia and Ukraine, the Ottoman Empire, and Japan--and such genres as the novel, the short story, drama, the essay, prose poetry, and film. The volume also considers decadence more broadly as a culture not limited to literature by tracing its manifestations in such material forms as book design, fashion, interior decoration, and architecture, as well as through the experiential register of the senses: decadent vision, sound, smell, taste, and touch are all reflected, respectively, in painting, music, perfume, cuisine, and feeling. Finally, the chapters explore the theoretical resonance of decadence in such fields as theology, science, ecology, politics, psychoanalysis, and philosophy. By illuminating the various ways decadence can be construed, the Handbook offers an in-depth and original exploration into the paradox of decadence: a culture that draws its creative energy from the idea of decline.

The Provisions of War

The Provisions of War

Similarly, food emerges as the focal point of revolution in Stephane Henaut's A Bite-Sized History of France: Gastronomic Tales of Revolution, War, and Enlightenment and Katarzyna Cwiertka's Cuisine, Colonialism, and Cold War: Food in ...

Author: Justin Nordstrom

Publisher: University of Arkansas Press

ISBN: 9781610757508

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

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The Provisions of War examines how soldiers, civilians, communities, and institutions have used food and its absence as both a destructive weapon and a unifying force in establishing governmental control and cultural cohesion during times of conflict. Historians as well as scholars of literature, regional studies, and religious studies problematize traditional geographic boundaries and periodization in this essay collection, analyzing various conflicts of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries through a foodways lens to reveal new insights about the parameters of armed interactions. The subjects covered are as varied and inclusive as the perspectives offered—ranging from topics like military logistics and animal disease in colonial Africa, Indian vegetarian identity, and food in the counterinsurgency of the Malayan Emergency, to investigations of hunger in Egypt after World War I and American soldiers’ role in the making of US–Mexico borderlands. Taken together, the essays here demonstrate the role of food in shaping prewar political debates and postwar realities, revealing how dietary adjustments brought on by military campaigns reshape national and individual foodways and identities long after the cessation of hostilities
Categories: Political Science

Global Brooklyn

Global Brooklyn

Food A Culinary History, 500–515. ... Paris: French and European Publications. Fischler, C. ([1993] 2016), ... Henault, S., and Mitchell, J. (2018), A Bite-Sized History of France: Gastronomic Tales of Revolution, War and Enlightenment.

Author: Fabio Parasecoli

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350144484

Category: Social Science

Page: 216

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What do the fashionable food hot spots of Cape Town, Mumbai, Copenhagen, Rio de Janeiro, and Tel Aviv have in common? Despite all their differences, consumers in each major city are drawn to a similar atmosphere: rough wooden tables in postindustrial interiors lit by edison bulbs. There, they enjoy single-origin coffee, kombucha, and artisanal bread. This is 'Global Brooklyn,' a new transnational aesthetic regime of urban consumption. It may look shabby and improvised, but it is all carefully designed. It may romance the analog, but is made to be Instagrammed. It often references the New York borough, but is shaped by many networked locations where consumers participate in the global circulation of styles, flavors, practices, and values. This book follows this phenomenon across different world cities, arguing for a stronger appreciation of design and materialities in understanding food cultures. Attentive to local contexts, struggles, and identities, contributors explore the global mobility of aesthetic, ethical, and entrepreneurial projects, and how they materialize in everyday practices on the ground. They describe new connections among eating, drinking, design, and communication in order to give a clearer sense of the contemporary transformations of food cultures around the world.
Categories: Social Science

Hiking France

Hiking France

Since France has oodles of trails, I recommend picking a region first and that's how I start my general planning below. ... 4) Books—A Bite-Sized History of France: Gastronomic Tales of Revolution, War, and Enlightenment ...

Author: Rory Moulton

Publisher: Rory Moulton

ISBN: 9781954778061

Category: Travel

Page: 120

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Ditch the tourist trail, hit the hiking trail and experience the REAL France! Ever felt the urge to shoulder a backpack and explore fairytale villages? Do your travel daydreams involve eating picnic lunches beside lavender fields? And feasting on freshly prepared classic French dinners? Have you dreamed of hiking in France among vineyards and stone villages, enjoying the leisurely pace of rural life at the languid pace of foot travel? You’ve come to the right place. Anyone can walk France’s long-distance hiking trails. - Hiking takes all types. Hiking France covers the intricacies of walking from village to village, along lavender fields, farm pastures, riverside towpaths and mellow forest trails. Anyone in decent shape can hike France’s best trails. - You don’t need to know French. Some French phrases help, but with modern translation apps and an adventurous spirit, English speakers get on fine in rural France. - You don’t need a trust fund. Hiking rural France is one of Western Europe’s great bargains, and the most-affordable way to explore the French countryside. - You needn’t have planned an overseas hiking trip before. Hiking France will arm you with all the tools, resources and inspiration to set you on the path of planning your dream hiking trip in France. In Hiking France, you’ll learn: - How to find villages linked by well-signed footpaths. - Where to buy and how to decipher French maps and hiking guides. - Which websites, books and apps to use. - How to book lodging and transportation. - What to pack and wear. - Eating tips and tricks for dining like a local (and a hiker!). After reading Hiking France, you’ll have the knowledge and wherewithal to go out and plan your self-sustained hiking trip to France. You won’t need expensive tour companies or private guides. Just this book, maps or GPS, and a sense of adventure. There’s never been a better time to ditch Europe’s tourist crowds and strike out on a village hiking vacation in France, Europe’s ultimate hiking playground.
Categories: Travel