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 Post subject: Re: Foodie Lit
PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 7:23 am 
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auntcy1 wrote:
I just started reading The Hundred-Foot Journey and am enjoying it alot. After finishing the book I'll rent the movie.
Nancy

Nancy, I just downloaded it too in preparation for when the movie is out for home viewing!


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 Post subject: Re: Foodie Lit
PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 7:40 am 
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Just an interesting tidbit. I mentioned on here before that the author, Richard Morais, is an old school friend of my husband's (but I am glad to drop that name again). He modeled the French village in the novel after the town he lived in here in Zug; Oberaegeri. Thought you might like a visual:
http://m7.i.pbase.com/o5/21/471621/1/35 ... i_9477.jpg

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 8:14 am 
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It's like a cocoa commercial.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 21, 2014 8:34 am 
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Mary, that image is absolutely breathtaking!


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Beautiful pic Mary!


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Mary,

Wow, postcardesque!

Anyway, I'm planning to download the movie rather than read the book. Because, y'know, Helen Mirin.

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Not my photo! It is a lovely shot though. Switzerland is one big old photo op.

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Bump.

I'm reading "Swindled" which is a 150-year history of fraudulent, adulterated, and tainted food in Western Europe and the USA. Not easy breakfast reading, considering the subject matter, but pretty much the perfect level of detail for a popular history: enough that you feel that you know the incidents and trends she's covering, not so much you feel like it's a history class. Recommended.

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Thanks Josh. Adding to my summer poolside reading list.


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Thomas Jefferson's Creme Brulee is a light popular history book about how Jefferson, and his slave/cousin* James Hemings, introduced French cuisine to America. It covers the period from Jefferson's selection as ambassador to France, through his presidency, spending most of the text on his time in France. According to the author, Jefferson introduced the country to not just creme brulee, but fine wine, mac&cheese, butter sauces, laminated pastry, and consoumme. He also introduced both rice and quality grape vines to Virginia, unsuccessfully (Carolina rice was from a later strain), and championed vaccination in Virginia (successfully).

The book is light and breezy, so good as a remainder-of-the-summer read. The author is a bit of a Jefferson/Hemings fanboy, so I don't know how accurate it is. It's not for serious historians, who will find it a bit light on details and research, though.

(* yes, slave/cousin. The Hemings were all illegitimate descendants of the Jeffersons, and staffed the house for them. James, the slave he took to learn French cuisine in a Paris kitchen was like Thomas' second cousin.)

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