A Meal Observed by Andrew Todhunter

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Awarded three stars by Michelin, Taillevent is one of the finest restaurants in the world. Todhunter spent several months working in its kitchen in preparation for the divine experience of eating a five-hour meal in the nineteenth-century dining room. From the amuse-bouche (a warm cheese puff to “amuse the mouth”) to the crowning glory of the fantasie, he perfectly captures the sensual pleasure of the meticulously served dinner. Along the way he expertly discusses everything from the state of French haute cuisine and the complexity of running a renowned restaurant to the chemistry of chocolate and the history of salt. A Meal Observed is a rare treat, a paean to the French and French cuisine that is as enchanting and richly satisfying as the meal it describes.

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About Andrew Todhunter

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Andrew Todhunter lives in northern California with his wife and two children. A freelance journalist who has written frequently for The Atlantic Monthly, he is the author of Fall of the Phantom Lord and Dangerous Games.
Published December 18, 2007 by Anchor. 240 pages
Genres: History, Cooking, Education & Reference, Travel. Non-fiction

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When the maitre d’ takes a big slug from their expensive demi of wine (a precaution so clients don’t get a mouthful of bad wine), Todhunter gulps: “Some taste, I think, suppressing my alarm.

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Publishers Weekly

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Todhunter takes a magazine-length idea and turns it into an amusing little book, combining history and experience with a sheaf of helpful culinary notes.

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A Meal Observed becomes more than just another clever foodie book right around the time that author Andrew Todhunter orders his first round of drinks, and encounters his first disappointment.

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Entertainment Weekly

In this slim volume, a journalist who made his name writing about ice climbing and storm kayaking (''Dangerous Games'') takes on one perfect, $500 meal at Taillevent in Paris.

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