Beautifully illustrated as well as informative, One Hundred & One Beautiful Towns in France: Food and Wine explores the local delicacies of a country known for and proud of its love of food and wine. Organized by region, this book features a wonderful sampling of French plaisirs de la table and the shops and markets where you can find them. The classic dishes and drink of France are as remarkably varied as its many different regions: Quench your thirst with a glass of calvados, the heady apple brandy that Normandy is known for; reach "land’s end" or Finistère, in Brittany, and enjoy a galette, a savory buckwheat crêpe stuffed with ham and cheese or mushrooms and lobster; don’t miss the vendange (harvest) in romantic Burgundy or a simple, hearty meal of boeuf bourguignon; in scenic Alsace enjoy a piping-hot flammekueche, a tart of local cheeses, speck, and onions. A thorough appendix provides useful addresses and phone numbers to accommodate planning your trip, including hotel listings, restaurants, wineries, and shops. Sidebars give information on local delicacies to be tasted and imbibed, as well as where to find the choicest goods.
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This book is a spa for the eyes. Not only are the photo's beautiful, but you see each French regions claim to fame. Many of the things we associate with Paris are actually from some where else in France....Foie gras from Fleurance in Pyrenees; Brie cheese from Meaux; Cognac from Cognac. Only the Baguette is Parisian. This book makes you feel you have taken a month vacation by car visiting each region of France and sampling all the culinary wonders France has given the world. Although I am a Vegan, I found it useful as to where and what NOT to eat; such as the white wormlike eels that look like pasta in Nantes or the duck blood broth dishes of Rouen in Normandy.
I bought this book for the front imagery. I have a French Provincial inspired kitchen, and wanted this book as decor display. I've been pleased with the quality and the commentary from guests, it's a wonderful read filled with gorgeous photographs.
This book is really a collector's item. It is a beautiful hard bound and has excellent organization, pictures and information. I have gleaned much useful information from it and plan to take excerpts from it with me on my trip. It could be taken along, but it is big and heavy. Probably too big and heavy to carry along for some people.
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