This memoir tells Alexandre Stout’s experience as a cook in France, where he spent three years in the cities of Brest, Tours, and Arromanches-Les-Bains. The narrative follows his discoveries of quality products and courses on traditional French cuisine, but also of music, literature, and history of each of the places where he lived, the official versions and those told by neighbors and other common people. The book is in itself a research on eating habits since the French Middle Age and 58 recipes the author learned from his and mentors friends.
PARIS-BREST is a celebration of love, friendship, life, good mood and pleasures of the table.
Winner of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in the Best French Cuisine Book category in 2016.
Publication/Status: By Companhia Editora Nacional (Brazil) in August, 2016. [210 pages]
“The recipes are also there, classic and delicious, but it is through memories, discoveries, and techniques to bring a certain Brazilian touch to the work as an apprentice cook in France that Alexandre Staut will win over the reader in PARIS-BREST. The book is a mix of romance, with travel diary, that will leave you with mouth-watering.”
– Vogue Brazil
“The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards jury is delighted to announce that PARIS-BREST is the winner in its category: Best French Cuisine Book, in 2017. This book subverts what is known as a gastronomy book. It is a work full of stories about France and the customs of its people.”
– Jury of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
“Albert Camus wrote that the cities that taught him the most were just the ones who bored him most – because there are places for sightseeing and learning places. Not always, I would say almost never, the two things coincide. The thought flickered as I came upon a book called PARIS-BREST, in which the author Alexandre Staut switched from the predictable script of the light city, from where he left, to a city in the middle of nowhere in an uncertain and enigmatic France”
– Reader’s Digest Brazil
“Journalist and writer, Alexandre Staut gifts us with a book in fabulous text and story written with elegance, adventure, and information. He tells us his 3 years experiments he spent in France cooking in various places. The description when he arrived in Paris going to Brest, located in the rich Bretagne is delighting and bind us to read. His first job, an internship in a professional kitchen peeling more and more garlic, let us think what lack in teaching our young professionals still remains. But this is another story. Recipes are coming up and are also explained in an elegant and charming way, including a veal roast beef one he learned with Chef Edir Nascimento. We just want to try everything. PARIS-BREST is the book of the year!”
– Prazeres da Mesa Magazine, Brazil/ Portugal
A first person narrative, this novel has as its main character a librarian at work, and it mixes his day to day routine at a decadent library with his memories from college in the 80’s. While some maintenance workers show up to put anti-moth poison on the shelves, the narrator randomly reads several books at the same time and remembers his teen years. A scene comes to his mind:
the moment when the protagonist discovered the tale “Frederico Paciência”, the only one with a gay theme written by Mário de Andrade, a Brazilian classic author, published after his death in Contos Novos.
Publication/Status: On submission.