NEW in None as Issued jacket. BRAND NEW COPY w/trace wear to upper front corner. Delightful excursion into the pleasures of eating, and dining, in 1920s Paris with journalist Abbott Joseph [A. J. ], Liebling (1904-1963) whose "Wayward Press" columns were first featured in The New Yorker in 1935. First published 1959; this 1986 re-issue carries an introduction by James Salter. Memoir of a gastronome, blessed with good appetite, humour, love of culture, and literary prose. Recount of the meals taken for both sustenance and sheer pleasure as a student days at Sorbonne. Pages, permeating with flavors of cassoulet, steak topped w/beef marrow and civet, blend well with captivating digressions of love for Paris...where else would one effortlessly learn that a Tuareg is a member of one of the tall, nomadic, Hamitic-speaking peoples who occupy western and central Sahara and who have adopted the Moslem religion and not just Volkswagen's SUV?
After a bit of a slow start, the inner and latter chapters of this book are charmers. Wish I had two things on hand as I read this book, however: a French?English dictionary and a street map of Paris! Liebling writes quite cleverly; lacking French (and a knowledge of French history of the 19th and early 20th centuries), I obviously missed many of his metaphors and innuendos. Pieces of this work appear in *Secret Ingredients: The New Yorker Book of Food and Drink* (ed. by David Remnick) and *Choice Cuts: A Savory Selection of Food Writing from Around the World and Throughout History* (ed. by Mark Kurlansky)--and perhaps elsewhere, as well. (When writers are anthologized, it's usually a sign they're talented. Liebling offers a case in point.)
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