Blog posts tagged with 'cuisine'

David Downie shares "A Taste of Paris"

Our favorite francophile/expat shares an excerpt from his latest A Taste of Paris: A History of the Parisian Love Affair with Food ©2017 by David Downie and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Press.

The World on a Plate
“When we eat, we travel.” That’s the mindset of British writer, intrepid eater and Guardian Food editor Mina Holland, and it’s the motive behind her debut book The World on a Plate: 40 Cuisines, 100 Recipes and the Stories Behind Them. To Holland, the taste of authentic, local cuisine is the best way to experience a place. The geography, history and spirit of a locale are often contained in its iconic food, with ingredients that typify the land and preparation that’s been shaped by historical necessity (like the pasty or the French baguette). Very often, she explains, the meals we eat abroad stick in our memories just as well (or better) than the places we browse. Those priceless paintings at the Louvre? Mostly forgotten.
Following its popular predecessors Tuscany and Sicily, Puglia is the latest title in the Silver Spoon regional cookbook series, a collection that celebrates rich Italian heritage through the country's local cuisine. It’s not hard to see why the southern heel of Italy was chosen for this year’s installment. Puglia's climate and long coastline make it ideal for growing olives and fresh produce. Author and chef Tara Russell explores this landscape, providing information on the area's bountiful markets alongside over 50 recipes.