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Food Wine Burgundy: A Terroir Guide (Terroir Guides) Paperback – 25 Mar 2010
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An expert examination of a region with an almost obsessive reverence for its food and wine, lovingly presented for purposeful and practical use. (Business Destinations)
Downie has got under the skin of the place. Want the best andouillettes in Chablis, or the finest butcher in Pommard? What about a cookery course in Dijon, or a day truffle hunting? The information you need is here; unwind happily. (Decanter)
An excellent companion for food-loving travellers, particularly as it also includes specialist food suppliers. The book is divided into the different parts of Burgundy and also covers the wines for which the area is famed. It's full of insider tips and prettily illustrated with photographs by Alison Harris. (Destination France)
About the Author
David Downie is a native San Franciscan, but has called Paris home since 1986. His travel, food, and arts features have appeared in more than fifty magazines and newspapers worldwide. His books include Food Wine The Italian Riviera & Genoa, The Irreverent Guide to Amsterdam, Enchanted Liguria, and the critically acclaimed Cooking the Roman Way.
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It is a very comprehensive exploration of the different towns and villages - with the focus on the food and wine - with snippets of history and local colour there to help get a feel for the place.
His writing is warm, witty and idiosyncratic. His insight into the cuisine is spot on and his recommendations well worth following (if you can afford to!)
The publishers have made it quite a hard book to read - with narrow pages meaning it is hard to open out without cracking the spine.
That said, it is well presented and as comprehensive a guide as you are likely to find.
Worth grabbing a copy if you are heading to that part of France.
The guide also has good info on historic places, local history and regional culture.
The only drawback to this guide--if there is one at all--is the peculiar narrow shape of the book which makes it a bit hard to read and leads to some creasing of the cover and spine. But given the content, this isn't much to complain about. This is a fine guide to one of France's most interesting regions. Recommandation--read through this guide before you travel to get the most out of it.
Not only did Downie recommend superb places to eat in the towns we visited, but also gave us enough background into the food and wine of this beautiful region of France to be able to appreciate what we saw on our plates.
So enticing are the descriptions that we are keen to re-visit the region to visit towns that weren't on the itinerary this time around.
After a day's cycling we didn't want to eat in formal dining rooms. Those are described, of course, but so are the types of places we felt more comfortable last week - the grills and bistrots where you can find great charolais steak and good quality, good value local wines.
The author's style is authoritative and amusing - and for those who don't know what a "bobo" is, it is explained in the text...read on, and enjoy!
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