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La Bonne Table
A glorious celebration of a lifetime love affair with the art of dining, by the author of the classic Madeline series. Illustrated.
Paperback, 446 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by David R. Godine Publisher
(first published August 1st 1989)
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A really light-hearted charming look at travel and food from an era that's (unfortunately) past. This was an easy book to pick up and put down, and the stories are a little uneven. However, it's easy to see why Bemelmans was so likeable and popular as a guest. The drawings are wonderful. This book will make you hungry!
By our friend, Ludwig Bemelmans, the author of Madeline! Much like my previously highly recommend New Yorker Guide to Food and Drink, it makes one wish highly regarded french restaurants were as frequent to be found as Applebee's around here. This particular collection is a little too generous in inclusion, but you can usually figure out which ones to skip.
This is a collection of essays, drawings and musings of the author as he describes the "behind the scenes" action at several elite Parisian restuarants when he was a young man. He talks about the head waiters, the junior waiters, the food scene at the time, etc. It was entertaining, but I just grew tired of it.
Ludwig Bemelmans was an Austrian author, an internationally known gourmet, and a writer and illustrator of children's books. He is most noted today for his Madeline books, six of which were published from 1939-1961. A seventh was discovered after his death and published posthumously in 1999.More about Ludwig Bemelmans...