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Au Revoir to All That: Food, Wine, and the End of France

4 Ratings: 3.8
A book by Michael Steinberger

“[Au Revoir to All That] is an eye-opening, well-researched and amusingly written, reliable guide to the contemporary cooking scene in France, and it's to be hoped that French chefs somewhere will pay attention to Steinberger's neat formulation … see full wiki

Author: Michael Steinberger
Genre: Cooking, Food & Wine
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
4 reviews about Au Revoir to All That: Food, Wine, and the...
review by . March 18, 2010
Things change. We accept that as part of life, but changing, dying archetypes attract our attention more than mere organic changes. The author, a confessed francophile, chronicles the decline of French cuisine, not merely as a parochial institution but as a benchmark for fine food everywhere. Most of this is not really news: French wine-as seen abroad- has been in decline for decades and Bigmacazation has just about taken over French cities  The heartening message in this book is that …
review by . April 15, 2009
Columnist, wine and food critic Michael Steinbrenner's book covers not only the decline of French food and wine but its parallel to the rise of Socialism and the diminishing of France's place as a world power. With brief histories about the beginning of French Haute Cuisine and its champions-men such as Georges Auguste Escoffier, Paul Bocuse, Antoine Careme, Fernand Point and others, Steinbrenner details the types of food created during the epochal period and its decline beginning in the seventies.  Stein …
review by . May 17, 2009
I readily admit I have a "Masterpiece Theater" fantasy vision of what it would be like to live in the UK -- one that all too often is brought crashing back to earth by just about any update on what conditions are like in that over-surveilled, over-managed benighted isle. Those of us who have similar visions about France and daydream about escaping to Paris or Provence and reveling in the food and wine and joie de vivre are about to get smacked down again by this quite revealing book by Michael Sternberger. …
review by . March 25, 2009
Review of Michael Steinberger's "Au Revoir To All That: Food, Wine And The End of France."    Author Steinberger takes the reader through a history of France's culinary supremacy and recent decline. He makes the observation that: "twenty five years ago it was hard to have a bad meal in France; now, in some cities and towns, it is a challenge to find a good one."    In order to understand the change in France's culinary stature Steinberger speaks with top chefs, …
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