A Meal Observed
A Meal Observed
Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780385720205, 240pp.
Publication Date: April 12, 2005
“[Todhunter] is a master chef of a writer. . . . Well-written, clever and full of a great many details of what goes on behind the scenes at a three-star French restaurant.” —Newsday
“Enchanting. . . . When the final glasses of cognac arrive with the bill at 12:06 a.m., you’ll feel as sated as Todhunter did on that cool summer night.” –Entertainment Weekly
No trip to Paris would be complete without a memorable meal, but few are lucky enough to have the experience Andrew Todhunter shares in this seductive account of a luxurious dinner with his wife at the legendary Taillevent.
“Delectable. . . . It is a tribute to Todhunter’s prowess as a writer that the meal is as unforgettable to us as it is to them.” –New York Daily News
“Todhunter is a talented writer. . . . Nourishing, at times even scrumptious–a cozy neighborhood bistro of a book.” –New York Observer
“Todhunter intersperses sketches of the establishment’s various culinary magicians, disquisitions on French gastronomic lore, and dollops of memoir about the meals he ate growing up in America. . . . [He] is appealingly unsnobbish. . . . Eloquent.” –The New Yorker
“A Meal Observed is a delectable read, one that leaves readers wanting to experience the pleasure for themselves.” –Associated Press
“Respect emanates from every chapter of this book. . . . [Todhunter] intersperses discussions of dishes with historical tidbits, personal reminiscences and behind-the-scenes looks at a restaurant that has long been considered a benchmark of classical French cuisine.” –Winston-Salem Journal
“Charming. Todhunter ventures into a place where he is not entirely comfortable, but where he has been longing to go. . . . The food and ambience are grand.” –The Arizona Republic
“Intriguing. . . . Along the way, the author serves up tidbits about the history and technique of French cuisine, and about the eternal link between food and emotion.” –Cond? Nast Traveler
“[Todhunter is] a spirited writer with a keen interest in fine food.” –The Washington Post
“Will appeal to the lip-smacking voyeur in all of us. . . . Todhunter’s two-pronged approach–detailing the culture that makes the meal and the culture where it is consumed–makes him a lively companion.” –Charlotte News Observer