Feasts and All Their Finery: Elegant Dining in Old Regime France (Paperback)

Feasts and All Their Finery: Elegant Dining in Old Regime France By Jim Chevallier, Pierre Jean-Baptiste Le Grand D'Aussy Cover Image
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Le Grand d'Aussy ends his three-volume history of French food with these exuberant chapters, bristling with colorful details, about how fine dining in France grew more formal and more ambitious, remaining extravagant (by today's standards) even after the sometimes stunning, sometimes laughable excesses of the Middle Ages were reigned in and more sophisticated service and entertainment replaced a host of mechanical devices, pantomimes, and outright exotica. Le Grand draws on a classic cookbook and several forgotten memoirs to bring a wealth of details on menus, table decoration, royal households, customs, and entertainments to those who study the Middle Ages, food history, decoration or simply France in all its infinite variety. For the first time, this rich and unique text is available in English.

About the Author

Food historian Jim Chevallier is a performer as well as a researcher, having worked as a radio announcer (WCAS, WBUR and WBZ-FM), acted (on NBC's "Passions", and numerous smaller projects). He has published several articles in reference works on food as well as an essay on breakfast in 18th century France (in Wagner and Hassan's "Consuming Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century") in addition to researching and translating several historical works of his own.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781499176797
ISBN-10: 1499176791
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: April 17th, 2014
Pages: 128
Language: English