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Balzac's Omelette: A Delicious Tour of French Food and Culture with Honore De Balzac

Balzac's Omelette: A Delicious Tour of French Food and Culture with Honore De Balzac (Hardback)

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'Tell me where you eat, what you eat, and at what time you eat, and I will tell you who you are'. This is the motto of Anka Muhlstein's erudite and witty book about the ways food and the art of the table feature in Honore de Balzac's writings. It is not a coincidence that Balzac was the first in French literature to tackle this appetizing topic. Before the French Revolution, a traveller in France was apt to find local food scarce, tasteless, and of doubtful appearance. Restaurants did not even exist! Just as the art of the table became a centrepiece of French mores, Balzac used it as a connecting thread in his novels, showing how food can evoke character, atmosphere, class, and social climbing. Full of surprise and insights, "Balzac's Omelette" invites you to taste a new French literature and cuisine.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary reference worksLiterary companionsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCultural StudiesFood & societyTravel & MapsTravel writing Publisher: The Armchair Traveller at the Bookhaus Publication Date: 12/07/2012 ISBN-13: 9781907973222  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Author of Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart: The Perils of Marriage (Haus Publishing, 2007) and co-author, with her husband Louis Begley, of Venice for Lovers. She has won two prizes from the Academie Francaise and the Goncourt Prize for her acclaimed biography of Custine. She has lived in New York since 1974.

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