An irreverent and controversial exploration of the highways and byways of French cuisine.
There is more than a slight malaise in the air these days about French food and cooking. While the rest of the world delights in the intricacies of molecular gastronomy, and even Britain is revelling in a culinary renaissance, in France, the years of worship at the temple of the great god Michelin seems to have blinded them to change and evolution. Why is this? What is it about the French that causes them to be so blinkered about their food? Plats du Jour is an attempt to answer this question as William Black explores the highways and byways of French cooking.
Taking as his starting point the great tradition of French food, Black tackles years of received wisdom and parochial food snobbery head on, though with his mind (and his mouth) firmly open. He eats tete de veau and fried cow's udder with his French wife's family near Orleans. He samples the dubious (and illegal) delights of ortolan in the south-west and has the most painfully disappointing gastronomic experience of his life. He combs the beaches of Brittany for seafood and is chased away from a festival by an enraged Basque villager.
Plats du Jour is a book that the French aren't going to like very much. That said, it is a highly entertaining and irreverent look at the world's greatest culinary tradition, and required reading for anyone with an interest in food and cooking.
About the Author
William Black is the author of Al Dente and The Land That Thyme Forgot and the co-author with Sophie Grigson of several bestselling books : Fish, Organic and Travels a la Carte. He was the winner of the Glenfiddich award for his television programme Matters of Taste and he has sourced ingredients (fish in particular) for many of the UK's finest restaurants. He lives in Oxfordshire.
"William Black... writes in an attractive, light-hearted and amusing style which belies the extensive and intensive research which must have gone into the writing" Tribune "This is a must read book... Quite simply incredible" Fresh "A wonderful travel guide ... A must for Francophiles." Sainsburys Magazine "The author is a veteran of the eat-your-way across the map genre, and this book about France is witty and thoughtful, redolent with garlic and goose fat. It extemporises at length on the specialities of each area." The Times 20070630
Number Of Pages: 306
Published: 7th May 2007
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.2 x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.542