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Between Meals: An Appetite for Paris Paperback – Mar 2004


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: North Point Press (Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 086547236X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865472365
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 240,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This edition has an introduction by James Salter
This Modern Library edition has an introduction by James Salter, another author intoxicated by France. Salter writes, "Many things first came into my life or at least into my awareness when I read [Liebling's] New Yorker articles: de Segonzac, vermouth cassis, Grands-Echezeaux, brandade de morue. Other things I already knew or had read elsewhere but Liebling confirmed them and he is someone you trust." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

A.J. Liebling joined the staff of The New Yorker in 1935, where his "Wayward Press" columns became a model of fine journalistic writing. Other Liebling titles available from North Point Press are "Between Meals, The Honest Rainmaker, " and "The Neutral Corner: Uncollected Boxing Essays."

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 May 1997
Format: Paperback
This hilarious gastronomic coming-of-age is set in Paris, where Liebling was a student in the 1920s, and where he did what any sensualist in Paris does: spends all his dad's money on food (and let's not forget the cognac and wine). His descriptions of the oddball people he meets are original and sharp. You can't read this book and not want to eat, you can't read it and not laugh.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Harrison on 8 Aug 2007
Format: Paperback
As you will see if you check out my other reviews, I collect recipes, cook books etc. As a result of this, and Amazon's somewhat hit-and-miss classification of books, one sometimes comes across a gem like this.

Unlike `Dear Francesca' or `Barefoot in Paris', THIS IS NOT A COOKERY BOOK. Nor does it contain recipes or recommendations for places to eat or shop for foodie things.

That said, it is a wonderful book. A story which drags you in and pulls you back to a time and a Paris long departed. I read this book in a day and loved every minute of it. As a committed Francophile and devotee of all things Parisian, I was spellbound.

As someone who has only ever encountered Americans in Paris as condescending oafs (at best) and loudmouthed bores (at worst) I am suitably humbled by this tale of innocence and passionate longing to understand another culture.

A book I shall doubtless enjoy dipping into again and again, It now sits on my mantelpiece alongside the remarkable and not totally dissimilar `Resident Alien' by Quentin Crisp. In my household, there is no higher honour than that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Aug 1998
Format: Hardcover
A wonderful book. Something to savor. A book that I could not part with. A book you can go back to read a chapter again. I was so happy to find someone else had taken time to write a review
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