Thomas Parker, Tasting French Terroir: The History of an Idea reviewed

9780520277519.jpgThomas Parker, Tasting French Terroir: The History of an Idea reviewed at H-France Review by Rod Philips. Thanks to Mike Heffernan for bringing this to my attention.

This book explores the origins and significance of the French concept of terroir, demonstrating that the way the French eat their food and drink their wine today derives from a cultural mythology that developed between the Renaissance and the Revolution. Through close readings and an examination of little-known texts from diverse disciplines, Thomas Parker traces terroir’s evolution, providing insight into how gastronomic mores were linked to aesthetics in language, horticulture, and painting and how the French used the power of place to define the natural world, explain comportment, and frame France as a nation.
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