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Tasting French Terroir: The History of an Idea

Thomas Parker


This engaging study explores the origins and significance of the French concept of terroir, linking French consumption of food and wine today with the cultural mythology, agriculture, and philosophy that evolved between the Renaissance and the Revolution. Examining documents and readings from diverse disciplines, Thomas Parker traces the history and evolution of terroir, providing insight into how gastronomic mores were linked to aesthetics in language, literature, gardens, and painting, and how the French used the power of place to define the natural world, explain comportment, and even frame ... More

Keywords: terroir, food, wine, agriculture, history, philosophy, literary studies, aesthetics, gardens, nationalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780520277502
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520277502.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Parker, author
Vassar College