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Tasting French terroir : the history of an idea

Author: Thomas Parker
Publisher: Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2015]
Series: California studies in food and culture, 54.
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"This book explores the origins and significance of the French concept of terroir, demonstrating that the way the French eat their food and drink their wine today derives from a cultural mythology that evolved between the Renaissance and the Revolution. Through close readings and an examination of little-known texts from diverse disciplines, Thomas Parker traces terroir's evolution, providing a privileged insight  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Parker
ISBN: 9780520277502 0520277503 9780520277519 0520277511
OCLC Number: 892804111
Description: xii, 229 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : terroir and the culinary roots of French identity --
Rabelais' table and the poets of the Pléiade : from culinary universalism to literary regionalism --
The plantification of people --
Courtside purity and the Académie française's attack on the earth --
France's green evolution : from provincial fields to perfect gardens and terroir's expulsion from Versailles --
Saint-Évremond and the invention of geographical connoisseurship --
Terroir and nation building : the story of Boulainvilliers, du Bos, and the case of class --
The normalization of terroir : Paris and the provinces --
Conclusion : terroir and nation: from geographic identity to psychogeography.
Series Title: California studies in food and culture, 54.
Responsibility: Thomas Parker.

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Explores the origins and significance of the French concept of terroir, demonstrating that the way the French eat their food and drink their wine today derives from a cultural mythology that  Read more...

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