F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Taste of France. ($24.95) Do you love to learn about how people dined and entertained in the olden days? Are you crazy about American literature? The Jazz Age? Paris in the Roaring Twenties? That crazy clique, that “Lost Generation,” which included Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Prokofiev and Gershwin, Franz Kafka and F. Scott Fitzgerald?
You’re going to get a kick out of this cookbook, which takes a serious look at the food and drink enjoyed by Fitzgerald and his fellow expatriates.
Baz Luhrman’s movie remake of Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” and Paula McClain’s novel “The Paris Wife” have all contributed to the resurgent interest in Fitzgerald’s life and work. Taste of France fills in the more details of that decadent era with over sixty recipes for “American-style” Paris meals like ham-and-egg breakfast,s and Steak Tartare dinners, alongside Caviar Sandwiches and Gin Rickey cocktails.