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A Meal Observed

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  • Title: A Meal Observed
  • Author: Andrew Todhunter
  • ISBN: 9780375410857
  • Page: 306
  • Format: Hardcover

Unlimited A Meal Observed - by Andrew Todhunter, A Meal Observed, Andrew Todhunter, A Meal Observed In this seductive account of a long luxurious dinner at the venerable Paris restaurant Taillevent Andrew Todhunter is both the American abroad sharing a rare gastronomic adventure with his wife and the apprentice cum reporter who has spent several months working in the restaurant s celebrated kitchen learning what goes on behind the scenes As Todhunter describes it TaIn this se

A Meal Observed

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  1. I just loved this book I love food and I love cooking, and well, I m also living in Paris So it was the right time for me to read this one However, that being said, so much of this book is not about Taillevent and Todhunter is a brilliant writer Laugh out loud funny in all the right places I enjoyed it so much than I had thought I would and he has great human insight I definitely recommend it


  2. A Meal Observed succeeds It succeeds in large part because the concept is brilliant an entire book about a single meal It also succeeds because Mr Todhunter s prose is up to the challenge of such a high concept endeavor, requiring the need to frequently depart from the meal to explore a host of seemingly tangential concerns while somehow staying on course However, just as a Chef of haute cuisine must walk a knife s edge between leaving the diner merely satiated and leaving them overly burdened, [...]


  3. I cringed when I read that the author was an American in Paris interning at Taillevent the book s featured restaurant Swell, a dilettante yuppie yawn Not so aside from mentions of Martha s Vineyard Menemsha in passing a couple of times, he goes out of his way to stress that he s not from an upper class background I would ve liked a bit on how he came to intern there without that background, it does seem rather a whim Still, not a deal breaker in terms of my taking the book seriously.The book is [...]


  4. a fun read for francophiles or if you ve eaten at Taillevant, or if you like to eat in a really, really good restaurant once in a while or once in a ife time Easy to pick up put down because of the fun layout.


  5. A great read for Francophiles and foodies, the book is both about and similar to a long evening in a fine French restaurant, with meandering conversation about food, one s past, the nature of cooking, and the history of the restaurant and its staff, as plate after plate of superb food is served over the course of four hours The food itself is given less attention than its preparation and the staff who prepares it, and provides a glimpse of the dedication necessary to preserve the three Michelin [...]


  6. I ve noticed in the last year or so that the books I enjoy, remember and recommend the most have tended to be about how things are made or how they work, though generally not in the form of an instruction manual The authors tend to be interested amateurs rather than seasoned professionals, though there are exceptions to that rule Some of the most enjoyable have included Michael Pollan s A Place of My Own, Tracy Kidder s House, and David Owens Sheetrock and Shellac In the same vein, though about [...]


  7. I couldn t get over the perceived arrogance of the author, somewhat ruining the book, since it s a pseudo food memoir Billed as part natural history, part memoir, it s almost exclusively a memoir There are paragraphs here and there about the history and circumstances surrounding the meal, but they are few Todhunter apprenticed at a 3 star Michelin restaurant, worked with some of the top chefs in the world, and all we get of the experience is about twenty full pages So frustrating Yes, I enjoyed [...]


  8. Dreaming of dining at a Michelin three star restaurant in Paris Foodies will devour this delicious book, which recounts an entire meal at Taillevent Between the amuse bouche and the fantasie, the author riffs on his favorite cheese shops in Paris, the history of salt, and the kitchen politics behind the scenes in a renowned restaurant Yummy armchair dining at it s best Desperate to taste a morsel Pastry chef, Gilles Bajolle s, Marquise au Chocolat et a la Pistache recipe is thoughtfully provided [...]


  9. Here s an interesting idea for a book Go to an exclusive French restaurant, indulge in a long and pricey meal, and then write about it That s it That s this book It is a course by course description of a single meal Todhunter tells about the food and the service and the restaurant and the chefs and wanders around here and there into all sorts of fascinating tangentially related topics A fun quick read.


  10. Todhunter is not as arrogant as he may first come off as Read on to get to know him a little better Todhunter s descriptions of food, and the intricate dance humans have choreographed around the aromatic and flavorful symphony which is food, is often breathtaking and memorable.


  11. If you have ever wondered what it would be like to have dinner at a top rated Michelin restaurant in Paris, how much it could cost, and what makes it a night to remember , this is the book for you It is a great treat


  12. This is a great book If you love food, you should read it, if you love cooking, you should read it, if you love chocolate, you should read it, if you love France, you should read it.



  13. Interesting and enjoyable read went overlong in places but a nice read for sitting on an airplane on the way back from Tempe.





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