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Immoveable Feast: A Paris Christmas (2008)

by John Baxter(Favorite Author)
3.49 of 5 Votes: 4
0061562335 (ISBN13: 9780061562334)
Harper Perennial
review 1: Started off reasonably well, despite some small typos and the like, but by the time I got to page 144 where the author states that the grapes of Médoc are Cabermet Franc and Syrah, I lost all faith in either his knowledge of wine or the editor's proofreading skills. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that the actual grapes of the Médoc, which is Bordeaux, by the way, are, in order of planting: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Carmenère. When he says that the Cab Franc and Syrah make the finest wines in that region, I could not believe what I was reading. Wish there was a way to get this message to him, not that anyone will correct this and other factual mistakes, but increasingly, I am seeing sloppiness in fact-checking, knowledge... more and editing. Full disclosure, I am French and a sommelier.
review 2: Immovable Feast is a quick, entertaining read. I found the ancedotes and the sometimes amusing, always insightful quotes to be just as enjoyable, if not more so, than the story of how he brought together his Christmas feast. Though insightful and full of tales of historic tradition, this story is light and easily read.Pick this up if you enjoy the culinary world or simply enjoy light, semi-educational stories with great quotes. less
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Really enjoyable book about Paris, holiday chaos, and the art of cooking for in-laws.
I didn't finish the book. It was well written, just not something I could get into.
Really enjoyed this book. I read it before our trip to Paris in 2008.
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