French Feast by William Rodarmor
A Traveler's Literary Companion (Traveler's Literary Companions)

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This book isn’t the usual kind of book about food. It has no restaurant reviews, and very few recipes. You won’t hear about that darling place in Dordogne, but you may learn how to slice a cuttlefish. This is about food as experience. And who better to describe that experience than the French?

French Feast is a wide-ranging collection of mostly short stories with delicious idiosyncratic twists. Who would have thought that the bank robber’s gun was actually made of nougat? Or that you can starve at a chic Paris dinner when the fuses blow? Some stories are elegiac, like “The Taste of New Wine,” or rich with family memories, like “Bresse.” Others cast an ironic eye on diners’ manners—or their marriages, as in “Tears of Laughter.” Still others lusciously combine food and love: you can use porcupine stew to seduce a neighbor, or a caramel berlingot to poison a faithless lover. The trick, in food as in writing, is to do it with taste.
—William Rodarmor, editor

About William Rodarmor

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William Rodarmor (1942¿ ) is a journalist, editor, and French literary translator. One of his many book translations, Tamata and the Alliance, by solo sailor Bernard Moitessier, won the 1996 Lewis Galantière Award from the American Translators Association. His most recent translations are Julien Parme, by Florian Zeller (2008), Diasporas, by Stéphane Dufoix (2008), and The Book of Time, by Guillaume Prévost (2007). He lives in Berkeley, California.
Published September 30, 2011 by Whereabouts Press. 256 pages
Genres: Travel, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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