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Au Revoir to All That by Michael Steinberger
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The author is a journalist who has a big interest in French haut cuisine. He records the downfall of French gastronomy over the past 30 years and explores some of the causes.

I liked how he placed French cooking in historical context. It made the tale of how the situation changed in France clearer. The tale is a cautionary one: many of the troubles of French gastronomy are caused by the socialist economic and political philosophy. Value Added Tax for French restaurant bills is 19.6% compared to the VAT for a MacDonald's meal: 5.5.%. Then there are the very onerous labor laws that discouraged restaurants (never mind other employers) to hire employees, despite high unemployment. It is discouraging and frightening to watch the US travel down this same path...
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January 14, 2012 – Shelved
February 25, 2012 – Started Reading
February 25, 2012 – Shelved as: cooking
February 28, 2012 –
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February 29, 2012 – Finished Reading

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