Friday, May 24, 2013

Book Beginnings: The Whole Fromage: Adventures in the Delectable World of French Cheese by Kathe Lison

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.

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The blade of Napoleon's sword scythed air redolent of roasted meat as the man who would one day be emperor severed at the top of the cheese before him.

 -- The Whole Fromage: Adventures in the Delectable World of French Cheese by Kathe Lison.  She starts the book with the apocryphal story of Napoleon refusing to eat a pyramid-shaped cheese after his defeat in Egypt.

What a fun choice for the 2013 Foodies Read Challenge!

It looks like the cover on mine, above, may be the ARC cover, because I got my copy from the LibraryThing Early Reviewer program. The official cover looks like this:

Both are cool. Which cover do you like better?


  1. What an interesting way to start the book. I prefer the blue cover.

  2. I, too, like the first cover.

  3. I LOVE cheese....looks like a fun read.

  4. I love food and books so this would be right down my alley. Thanks for hosting every week!

  5. Hi Gilion,

    I prefer the official cover version of the book and I love the image those teaser lines conjure up, of Napoleon refusing to eat pyramid shaped cheese!

    I love cheese of just about any variety, with the possible exception of goat's cheess, which just isn't to my liking at all!

    Whilst the French have an excellent reputation for the softer more creamy cheeses, we Brits have also firmly established ourselves as cheesemakers of reknown, although as a nation, we generally prefer firmer, stronger cheeses.

    Sounds like an interesting book, thanks for sharing,


  6. I really like that beginning. Sounds like a great read.

  7. what a delicious read :) love BOTH covers!

  8. I got a review copy of this from NetGalley and really learned a lot. I also got hungry. So hungry. :)


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