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Eating Eternity

Food, Art and Literature in France

By John Baxter

Young Girl Holding French Baguette Learn about the rules that governed what the aristocracy ate and the hunting scenes that inspired painstaking illuminations by monks. Peek inside the markets that inspired the novels of Zola, experience the rise of café life and discover the locales patronized by Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Sartre. Find out what childhood recipes Matisse craved and how Picasso paid his restaurant bills with a quick sketch. See how the deprivations of war led to a menu of zoo animals and, finally, how the art of eating evolved into fine dining, which led to the rise of the great French restaurants.
Also included is Gastronomical Paris, a guide to the city’s most historical restaurants, along with nine maps.

  • 29 meticulously researched chapters filled with dramatic stories about French culinary history, including episodes in the life of Louis XIV, Louis XVI, Vatel, Chardin, Dom Pérignon, Napleon, Millet, Monet, Cézanne, van Gogh, Matisse, Rossini, Toulouse-Lautrec, Caremê, Soyer, Escoffier, Dalí, and more
  • In addition to the chapters, this book offers a unique culinary guide to Paris, including the restaurant where Napoleon proposed to Josephine, cafés frequented by Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Henry Miller, as well as many more historical references, along with 9 full-color maps

About the Author:
John Baxter is an Australian-born writer, journalist and filmmaker; he has called Paris home since 1989. He is the author of numerous books including the autobiographical Immoveable Feast: A Paris Christmas, The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris, Chronicles of Old Paris: Exploring the Historic City of Light, and The Golden Moments of Paris: A Guide to the Paris of the 1920s.


“Entertaining, wide-ranging and gorgeously illustrated, Eating Eternity—despite its weird title—is a book you’ll want to lend to a friend. (But insist on its return.)”

—Miranda Seymour, New York Times


Trade Paperback
277 pages, 5¼ x 8
96 Illustrations and Photos
9 Color Maps
Travel / Food / History
July 2017
Distribution by IPG
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