Between meals

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While on a year of study in Paris in 1927, Liebling acquired the friendship and tutelage of Yves Mirande, ‘one of the last great gastronomes of France’, beginning a joyous apprenticeship in the fine art of eating. Told with gluttonous joie de vivre, Between Meals expounds on the delights and pitfalls of a life dedicated to food, from bad rosé (‘a pinkish cross between No-Cal and vinegar’) to lobster a l’Américaine (‘I have never personally inquired into the mysteries of its fabrication; I am content to love a masterpiece of painting without asking how the artist mixed his colours’), to a memorable stay at a Swiss slimming clinic with a masseur named Sprudli. Witty, grouchy and full of gusto, ‘Between Meals’ has the exquisite sensuality of a Michelin-starred meal and the delicious, catty wit of the perfect dinner guest. It is a love song to food, wine, and Paris.

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‘Fantastic. The benchmark for great food writing’ Anthony Bourdain

‘The primary requisite for writing well about food is a good appetite’

Between Meals is the gourmand and journalist A.J. Liebling’s delectable account of his time spent eating and drinking in 1920s Paris, under the tutelage of his friend Yves Mirande, ‘one of the last of the great around-the-clock gastronomes of France’. With gluttonous joie de vivre, he fondly recalls everything from glorious dining (‘A leg of lamb larded with anchovies, artichokes on a pedestal of foie gras, and four or five kinds of cheese’) to bad rosé (‘a pinkish cross between No-Cal and vinegar’), and an ill-fated sojourn at a Swiss slimming-clinic. Witty, tart and full of gusto, this is a love song to food, wine and Paris.

‘Liebling transfers excitement, warmth, wit and information … as hearty and explicit as good Calvados’ The New York Times Book Review

With an introduction by James Salter

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Weight 0.134 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 0.9 cm
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