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Au Revoir To All That: Food, Wine, and the End of France
 
 
Author
Michael Steinberger.
Publisher Bloomsbury  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9 x 6.25 x 0.8 inches
ISBN 9781596913530
Pages/Publication Date 243/2009
Daedalus Item Code 31871
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France is in a rut, and so is French cuisine, says longtime Salon wine columnist Michael Steinberger: 25 years ago it was hard to have a bad meal in France; now, in some cities and towns, it is a challenge to find a good one. Large segments of the wine industry are in crisis, cherished artisanal cheeses are threatened with extinction, and bistros and brasseries are rapidly disappearing. And astonishingly, France has become the second-most-profitable market in the world for McDonald's. Investigating this alarming trend, Steinberger talks to top chefs, winemakers, farmers, bakers, and other artisans; he interviews the head of McDonald's Europe; and he breaks bread with the editorial director of the powerful and secretive Michelin Guide. Steinberger also spends hours with some of France's brightest young chefs and winemakers, who are battling to reinvigorate the country's rich culinary heritage. The result is a sharp and funny book that will give Francophiles everywhere an entirely new perspective on the country and cuisine they love.

"For anyone who cares about food, wine, or France ... Au Revoir To All That is required reading. Steinberger has done remarkably thorough research to detail just what has gone wrong in French gastronomy. Drawing on astonishing tidbits like the identity of France's largest private sector employer (McDonald's), Steinberger convincingly explains why so many of its greatest chefs have grown complacent, its greatest gastronomic guide so off-track, and its winemakers just plain broke. In spite of all the bad news, the book is a ripping fun read and is even a little optimistic, as Steinberger points out a few key men and women bucking the trends."FoodAndWine.com

 
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