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

By Michael Steinberger

A wealthy, vigorous e-book in regards to the upheaval in French gastronomy, set opposed to the backdrop of France’s diminishing fortunes as a kingdom.

France is in a rut, and so is French food. Twenty-five years in the past it was once difficult to have a nasty meal in France; now, in a few towns and cities, it's a problem to discover a very good one. For the 1st time within the annals of recent cooking, the main influential cooks and the main talked-about eating places on this planet are usually not French. inside France, huge segments of the wine are in obstacle, adored artisanal cheeses are threatened with extinction, and bistros and brasseries are disappearing at an alarming price. yet company is brisk at a few institutions: Astonishingly, France has turn into the second-most-profitable industry on this planet for McDonald’s.

How did this take place? to determine, Michael Steinberger takes an enviable journey in the course of the conventional pleasures of France. He talks to best chefs—Alain Ducasse, Paul Gagnaire, Paul Bocuse—winemakers, farmers, bakers, and different artisans. He visits the Élysée Palace, interviews the pinnacle of McDonald’s Europe, marches down a Paris street with José Bové, and breaks bread with the editorial director of the robust and secretive Michelin consultant. He spends hours with a few of France’s brightest younger cooks and winemakers, who're struggling with to reinvigorate the country’s wealthy culinary history. the result's a pointy and humorous ebook that would supply Francophiles in all places a completely new perspective—political, monetary, own, and cultural—on the problem within the kingdom and nutrients they love.

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Serve sprinkled with fresh dill. 5 kg) cauliflower, chopped into florets 2 cups (500 mL) dried macaroni 3 tbsp butter, divided 3 minced garlic cloves, divided 3 tbsp flour 2 tsp grainy Dijon mustard Cauliflower Macaroni & Cheese This is a dish that’s mostly made up of cauliflower and cheese; to be honest, the pasta’s only here because I didn’t think I should eat three pounds of cauliflower in a single sitting. This mac and cheese is creamy, rich, and crunchy, thanks to the nuts and crumb topping.

It is more than the sum of its parts, and it’s delicious. Serve with a simple salad and the rest of the white wine. In a medium-size bowl, mash together tuna (including its juices) and egg yolks, until the yolks have all but disappeared. Chop egg whites, then stir into mixture. Stir in garlic, lemon zest and juice, capers, dill, wine, olive oil, fish sauce, pepper and salt. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large pot on high heat, boil pasta in salted water until al dente, following package instructions, then drain.

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