The History of France, Told Through Food

Front Burner “A Bite-Sized History of France” covers wines, cheeses and the invention of canned food preservation. CreditSonny Figueroa/The New York Times The notion that the history of France unrolls at the table is not far-fetched, as this curious volume demonstrates. The landmark political and cultural events over about 2,000 …

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Anne de Courcy: By the Book

Which books by contemporary historians — both academic and amateur — do you most admire? I loved Jane Ridley’s “Bertie,” a wonderful biography of Edward VII (published in the United States as “The Heir Apparent”), which was impeccably researched, highly entertaining and brilliantly envisioned. Another that really captured me was …

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