Food Books on food

Provence 1970 is quite a lovely read. It's about the times that Julia Child, RIchard Olney, MFK Fischer and James Beard spent together in Provence.
I enjoyed it, being particularly interested in the subject, but I don't think it's very good at all. When the subject turns to food the egregious errors reveal an almost invincible ignorance and there's rather a snide Francophobe side to it all that I don't warm to.
What it does do is rather confirm Olney's undeniably waspish account of the period. When the view is taken that when if something's worth doing it's worth doing properly snobbishness is sometimes an unavoidable accusation.
 
Part of the eternal yearning of France and America to be enveloped by each other's culture. I was going to call it a love-hate relationship but there isn't much hate really. Cultivated America has always been inexorably drawn to France and French popular culture yearns deeply to be American while professing to despise all American manifestations.

I wonder would they feel the same if they hadn't flogged half the country to the English when found to be a little hard up? :)
 
Well did not find the right thread so put it here.

Call it "food for thought" book
I am reading a great book "Play it again" by the editor of the Guardian Alan Rusbridger about putting together the 1st Ballade by Chopin. Plenty to learn in there and I wonder how this guy can do both piano and newpaper editor plus have lots ,to write about it requiring knowledge in some depth. Great stuff and recommended!
 
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