The Perfect Meal by John Baxter
In Search of the Lost Tastes of France (P.S.)

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"The Perfect Meal" is, at times, a breezy compendium of food lore and charming aperçus. Mr. Baxter reveals that an astonishing two-thirds of French restaurants admit to using precooked meals "bought canned, frozen, or as boil-in-a-bag portions."
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John Baxter's The Perfect Meal is part grand tour of France, part history of French cuisine, taking readers on a journey to discover and savor some of the world's great cultural achievements before they disappear completely.

Some of the most revered and complex elements of French cuisine are in danger of disappearing as old ways of agriculture, butchering, and cooking fade and are forgotten. In this charming culinary travel memoir, John Baxter follows up his bestselling The Most Beautiful Walk in the World by taking his readers on the hunt for some of the most delicious and bizarre endangered foods of France.

The Perfect Meal: In Search of the Lost Tastes of France is the perfect read for foodies and Francophiles, cooks and gastronomists, and fans of food culture.

 

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John Baxter is an acclaimed film critic and biographer. His subjects have included Woody Allen, Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick, and Robert De Niro. The co-director of the Paris Writers' Workshop, he is the translator of Harper Perennial's Naughty French Novels series, and is the author of Immoveable Feast: A Paris Christmas, We'll Always Have Paris, and A Pound of Paper: Confessions of a Book Addict. He lives in Paris.
 
Published February 26, 2013 by Harper Perennial. 402 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Travel, Cooking. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Colman Andrews on Apr 05 2013

"The Perfect Meal" is, at times, a breezy compendium of food lore and charming aperçus. Mr. Baxter reveals that an astonishing two-thirds of French restaurants admit to using precooked meals "bought canned, frozen, or as boil-in-a-bag portions."

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