Named a Best Food Book of the Year / Best Book to Gift by the New York Times Book Review, National Geographic, Houston Chronicle, The Guardian, Real Simple, and more
There’s never been a book about food like Let’s Eat France! A book that feels literally larger than life, it is a feast for food lovers and Francophiles, combining the completist virtues of an encyclopedia and the obsessive visual pleasures of infographics with an enthusiast’s unbridled joy.
Here are classic recipes, including how to make a pot-au-feu, eight essential composed salads, pâté en croûte, blanquette de veau, choucroute, and the best ratatouille. Profiles of French food icons like Colette and Curnonsky, Brillat-Savarin and Bocuse, the Troigros dynasty and Victor Hugo. A region-by-region index of each area’s famed cheeses, charcuterie, and recipes. Poster-size guides to the breads of France, the wines of France, the oysters of France—even the frites of France. You’ll meet endive, the belle of the north; discover the croissant timeline; understand the art of tartare; find a chart of wine bottle sizes, from the tiny split to the Nebuchadnezzar (the equivalent of 20 standard bottles); and follow the family tree of French sauces.
Adding to the overall delight of the book is the random arrangement of its content (a tutorial on mayonnaise is next to a list of places where Balzac ate), making each page a found treasure. It’s a book you’ll open anywhere—and never want to close.
"From fun facts, anecdotes, ingredient highlights, and recipes to wine infographics and personality profiles, Let's Eat France! is not just another celebration of French classics through time; it's a fun and nostalgic reverence to l'art de vivre la fran aise, one deeply rooted in gastronomic tradition."
"When the most influential French food writer pays tribute to his country's cuisine, the result is an ambitious, entertaining, and funny book that makes you salivate."
"Let's Eat France! is a literary pot-au-feu--a stew of ingredients and stories that perfectly captures French cuisine."
"This new reference book of French food heritage is a must-have for your bookcase and your kitchen!"