Reading: The Table Comes First by Adam Gopnik
I am obsessed with going to the new Macau Taipa library because it has the best reads. If you’re looking for an exciting book on food and France – this is it. I can’t wait to get my hands on “Paris to the Moon” which also has rave reviews.
The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food by Adam Gopnik is a delightful if slightly academic read on exploring the history, culture and meaning of food to the French – which being a close subject to my heart, being married to a chef and a French one at that.
Gopnik takes you through recipes, memories, extensive research, peppered with anecdotal and historical narration and I learnt so much more about the French and cooking through this book. Definitely recommend it for anyone in the line of restaurants, food enthusiast and actually from a cultural standpoint, anyone married to a French! The food culture is so deeply rooted in their identity that this gives a delightful glimpse behind food, family and life powered by history.
Who would have thought the French would be eating exotic animals like elephants and camels in 1870 when Paris was in a lock down with the Franco-Prussian war and the zoo had to sell their livestocks as they couldn’t afford to feed them anymore!
And as an aside, the Pierre Hérme chocolates were pretty damn good. :)
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