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Between Meals by A. J. Liebling
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Between Meals

An Appetite for Paris
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Length 5 hours 20 minutes
Language English
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While on a year of study in Paris in 1927, Liebling acquired the friendship and tutelage of Yves Mirande, 'one of the last great Gastronomes of France', beginning a joyous apprenticeship in the fine art of eating. Told with gluttonous joie de vivre, Between Meals expounds on the delights and pitfalls of a life dedicated to food, from bad rosé ('a pinkish cross between No-Cal and vinegar') to lobster a l'Américaine ('I have never personally inquired into the mysteries of its fabrication; I am content to love a masterpiece of painting without asking how the artist mixed his colors'), to a memorable stay at a Swiss slimming-clinic with a masseur named Sprudli. Witty, grouchy and full of gusto, Between Meals has the exquisite sensuality of a Michelin-starred meal and the delicious, catty wit of the perfect dinner guest. It is a lovesong to food, wine and Paris.

©2023 A. J. Liebling (P)2023 Penguin Audio

A. J. Liebling, born in Manhattan in 1904, joined the staff of the New Yorker in 1935 and contributed innumerable articles to the magazine throughout his lifetime, on subjects ranging from food to boxing and France to horse racing. As a war correspondent during the Second World War, he reported from France, England and Algeria, and participated in the Normandy landings. In later life he married the writer Jean Stafford, his third wife. He died in 1963.

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Reviews

You can read Between Meals for its wonderful descriptions of food, but it is also a cultural history of Paris and a bildungsroman about an American immersed in Europe’s lascivious ways... Between Meals reads like a lament for a way of being. [Liebling] craved the best of everything, on his own terms, wherever and whenever he could find it Wonderfully readable... This astonishing book is a rich dish itself... He was the prototype of all the greedy foodie bloggers, still outdoing the lot of them A droll account of the time Liebling spent eating and drinking in 1920s Paris... Just the thing for anyone who pines for a nicely roasted guinea fowl followed by a crisp, cold slice of vacherin As a writer, [Liebling] manages the Proust-like achievement, increasingly enhanced by the passing of time, of resurrecting a vanished world through the remembrance of foods Expand reviews
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