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Food and wine pairings: a French art

Food and wine pairings: a French art

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  • Publisher: CNRS éditions
  • French language
  • Publication date: 11/2017
  • Number of pages: 404
  • Dimensions: 15x23 cm
  • Weight: 677g
  • Format: soft cover
  • ISBN: 9782271116208


Frogs with riesling, cheese and malaga... Pairing wine and food has for two centuries been the very soul of the "Gastronomic Meal of the French" inscribed by UNESCO in 2010 on the list of intangible heritage of humanity. Wine has been drunk in Gaul since Antiquity, but the glass of wine has not always had its place at the table.

Far from being a haphazard or impulsive impulse, pairing drinking with eating is a subtle art which gradually emerged in France between the 18th and 19th centuries, in the circles of the Court, then in the restaurants of Paris. The transition from “French-style” service to “Russian-style” service allows this. This work immerses us in the world history of these food-wine combinations - in which France holds a special place -, from the Pharaohs to modern "bistronomy", including the Physiology of Taste by Brillat-Savarin and Chinese or American rituals. The authors (historians, geographers, museum curators, writers, food and wine professionals, gastronomes) tell us about the developments and ruptures in this art.

They immerse us in this captivating symphony, punctuated by sometimes radical innovations and inventions in the culinary sphere, some of which are to the detriment of the search for harmony with wines. A tasty mix of sources, analyzes and essays to understand the genesis and evolution of an art in full development. .

The author:

President of the Geographical Society and the French Wine Academy, member of the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences, Jean-Robert Pitte is the author of numerous works on cultural history and geography. Among his latest publications, we can cite 'The Desire of Wine to Conquer the World' (2009), 'A European Family' (2011), the 'History of the French Landscape' (1983), 'Wine and the Divine' (2004) and 'Bordeaux-Bourgogne.
Rival Passions' (2007). For 30 years he has been carrying out extensive research on the geography of gastronomy and wine.

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