A Taste of France

A Taste of France

by Roz Denny

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-A visually appealing overview, illustrated with pertinent full-color photographs. The descriptions of regional cuisines described are strong; however, the northeast and central regions and Basque country are left out. The chapters on farming, shopping, meals, and the history of French cuisine are superficial and contain omissions or errors. Under farming, for instance, there is no mention of wheat or other grains. The author states that French haute cuisine began in 1600, but adult sources cite the year as 1533. Ptisseries sell ice cream and cake of all kinds, not just ``small fancy cakes and pastries''; confiseries, piceries, and fromageries are all missing from the chapter describing stores. Also, the discussion of meals implies that all French schools offer lunch, which isn't true. The author fails to mention anything about holiday foods or the many food-related fairs and festivals. The glossary and index are incomplete, and there is no pronunciation guide. Seven simple recipes with easy-to-follow directions are included. Lynne M. Waldee's Cooking the French Way (Lerner, 1982) emphasizes recipes but also covers typical meals and includes menus and pronunciations. Loewen's Food in France (Rourke, 1991) has more material on agriculture and wine, but the recipes are difficult. Denny's title may be helpful where there is heavy interest in French food, but it is flawed.-Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY

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Publication date:
Food around the World Series
Product dimensions:
7.98(w) x 10.17(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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