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  • Politics & Prose Presents: Stéphane Hénaut and Jeni Mitchell – A Bite-Sized History of France


    Date: Sat, Jul 14
    Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

From Marie Antoinette’s possibly apocryphal “let them eat cake” to Napoleon’s “an army marches on its stomach,” French history and cuisine have deeply informed each other. In this sparkling cultural survey, the Berlin-based authors—Hénaut, a Frenchman who’s sold cheese at Harrods and cooked for the Lord Mayor in London, and Mitchell, an American who’s held a teaching fellowship at King’s College London—trace the larger socio-economic roles of iconic French foods and wines. Considering croissants, oysters, cognac, champagne, and many others, Hénaut and Mitchell show how French eating habits from the Roman era to modern times have reflected the nation’s economic and political shifts, how foods vary between urban and rural regions and what it has meant, and how food is linked to many of France’s most distinctive achievements.

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