Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Provence, 1970: A Glimpse Into a Time of Transition

Whether you are a foodie familiar with all the characters who met that fateful winter, or just someone who recognizes a few of the names, Luke Barr's PROVENCE, 1970 reveals a glimpse into a time of transition during which the U.S. began to loosen it's desperate grasp on all things French and seek our own  sources of identity, especially in the world of food.

Using obscure letters and journal entries as source material, Barr does a skillful job of building his narrative from the various points of view involved. He appropriately weaves the food and setting into the broader dynamics of strong personalities with the sometimes too-cozy world of gastronomes.

Anyone interested in the locavore and other food-centric movements that appear to be so fresh and new will be fascinated at the relatively long history that led to the current state of awareness of food and how it infuses our lives.

Author: Luke Barr
Publication Date: November, 2014
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
Format: paperback
Available From: Random House
Price: $15
Pages: 320
Genre: Non-Fiction, Culinary History

 (Blogging for Books has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes.)

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