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Balzac's Omelette: A Delicious Tour of French Food and Culture with Honoré de Balzac

 
 
Author
Anka Muhlstein. Adriana Hunter, trans.
Publisher Armchair Traveller  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 6.55 x 5 x 0.6 inches
ISBN 9781907973222
Pages/Publication Date 211/2011
Daedalus Item Code 54621
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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," Honoré de Balzac once claimed. France's food was hardly noteworthy before the Revolution, and Balzac came of age alongside the emergence of a national cuisine and French cultivation of "the art of the table." The author of Monsieur Proust's Library and a Goncourt Prizewinner for A Taste for Freedom: The Life of Astolphe de Custine, Anka Muhlstein here mines Balzac's many stories and novels, to examine how the writer uses food to evoke character, atmosphere, class, and social climbing.

"Felicitous phrasing, a scholar's sage scope, and enormous fondness for Balzac's panoply of characters mark this charming, intimate look at the French novelist's depiction of the highs and lows of 19th-century French society, as reflected in its culinary offerings.... Muhlstein delves lovingly into Balzac's characters, misers and gluttons alike, and finds the presentation of food an important indicator of social status, and well-cooked food equal to a woman's love."—Publishers Weekly

 
 
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