Provence, 1970 is about a singular historic moment. In the winter of that year, more or less coincidentally, the iconic culinary figures James Beard, M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, Richard Olney, Simone Beck, and Judith Jones found themselves together in the South of France. They cooked and ate, talked and argued, about the future of food in America, the meaning of taste, and the limits of snobbery. Without quite realizing it, they were shaping today's tastes and culture, the way we eat now. The conversations among this group were chronicled by M.F.K. Fisher in journals and letters-some of which were later discovered by Luke Barr, her great-nephew. In Provence, 1970, he captures this seminal season, set against a stunning backdrop in cinematic scope-complete with gossip, drama, and contemporary relevance.
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"Narrator John Rubinstein celebrates this "epiphany of taste" with his cogent and insightful performance. The historic convergence of four culinary pioneers in Provence in 1970 marked an impromptu culinary summit and the fledgling revolution of American cuisine. Rubinstein exudes wonder for the nascent food culture that transformed the way we experience restaurant and home cooking today. He provides precise French pronunciations for settings, recipes, and ingredients. Author Barr is food writer M.F.K. Fisher's great-nephew, a status that gained him access to telling journals, letters, and conversations between the gastronomic luminaries who came together during that holiday season. While the book's nonlinear structure becomes a bit confusing in audio as it jumps between time periods and personalities, Rubinstein's expressive descriptions of food and France are enchanting. A.W. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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