Entertainment Weekly

Subscribe

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content

Article

La France Gastronomique

Posted on

La France Gastronomique

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Anne Willan
publisher:
Arcade
genre:
Nonfiction, Cooking/Home

We gave it a B+

Willan, a British-born-and-raised American citizen who founded La Varenne cooking school in Paris, writes about French food in English in La France Gastronomique. Willan’s interest here is in exploring the local specialties that still survive throughout the country, and she writes extensively on her own food-touring finds and how other travelers might retrace her path through 10 distinctive regions from Brittany to Provence. She offers recipes, about 10 from each region, that serve as fine advertisements for local foods and local cooking. The book will probably see more service as a coffee-table thumper than as a kitchen aid or portable travel guide. To that end, the travelogue-style photographs by Michael Boys treat castles, cliffs, and open-face fruit tarts alike as splendid visual attractions. B+