A new addition to the Eat Smart series of travel books, Eat Smart France is the work of author Ronnie Hess. In her book festival presentation, Hess discussed the book and then turned the focus entirely to a study of the history of bread in France.
Have Baguette, Will Travel was an informative presentation, though a bit dull all in all. I’d hoped for something a little more specific to the book’s main topic: Eating healthy in France. There were some interesting notes.
- One kind of little french cookie is called a ‘punition’, which literally means punishment. Rather apt if you think about how you’ll need to punish yourself with exercise for eating too many of them.
- For those looking to eat gluten-free, there are some resources online for printable cards that state (in the language you need) that you require gluten-free meals and would like to know any alternative foods that they could serve you. (Might need to premake a few of these for my food allergies before the next trip.) Takes out a lot of the guesswork.
- Trinity of French culinary culture: Bread, Wine, Cheese
BIO: Ronnie Hess earned a master’s degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is an award-winning journalist who has had a long and passionate interest in food, especially French food. She has lived and worked in France as a reporter for CBS News and as an English teacher; her food and travel writing has appeared in national and regional publications. She studied cooking with Liane Kuony at the Postilion Restaurant and School of Culinary Arts in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.