Jim Chevallier

Biography

Jim Chevallier is both a performer and a researcher, having worked as a radio announcer (WCAS, WBUR and WBZ-FM), acted (on NBC's "Passions", and numerous smaller projects) and published an essay on breakfast in 18th century France (in Wagner and Hassan's "Consuming Culture in the Long Nineteenth Century") in addition to researching and translating several historical works of his own.

It was as an actor that he began to write monologues for use by others, resulting in his first collection, "The Monologue Bin". This has been followed by several others over the years. Work on an historical novel led him to the subject of historical food, starting with the essay mentioned above and "How to Cook a Peacock", a new translation of Taillevent's "Le Viandier". Two collections based around 18th century menus and recipes followed (in the series "Apres Moi, le Dessert"). The discovery that Marie-Antoinette did NOT bring the croissant to France ultimately led him to the person who did: August Zang, also Austrian and a fascinating figure in himself. The second edition of "August Zang and the French Croissant", revised and much expanded, is now available.

His interest in the eighteenth century has also led to research on police and criminal matters of the period, some of which is available in "The Old Regime Blotter I: Bloodshed, Sex and Violence in Pre-Revolutionary France".

Where to find Jim Chevallier online


Books

Bread, Pastry and Sweets in Old Regime France
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 59,490. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Baking
Le Grand d'Aussy traces the history of French bread, pastry and sweets, with his usual (eighteenth century) mix of meticulous research, wry remarks and colorful anecdotes. If your passion is for pain bourgeois, pain mollet, pasties, wafers, waffles, ginger or pine nut paste or any of the other rich array of products produced over the centuries by French bakers and confectioners, this is for you.
Beer, Cider and Spirits in Old Regime France
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 27,810. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Beverages - Beer
This excerpt from Le Grand d'Aussy's classic work on the history of French private life explores the history of beer, cider and spirits in France from the Gauls to Le Grand's own time (the late eighteenth century).
Feasts and All Their Finery: Elegant Dining in Old Regime France
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 34,260. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Social Science » Agriculture & food
Le Grand draws on a classic cookbook and several forgotten memoirs to bring a wealth of details on menus, table decoration, royal households, customs, and entertainments to those who study the Middle Ages, food history, decoration or simply France in all its infinite variety. For the first time, this rich and unique text is available in English.
How to Cook an Early French Peacock: De Observatione Ciborum - Roman Food for a Frankish King (Bilingual Second Edition)
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 42,290. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » History
Is Anthimus' work "the oldest European medieval cookbook"? Well, it IS six centuries older than a twelfth century book that has recently been touted as exactly that. In the sixth century an Ostrogoth king sent a Byzantine physician to one of the Frankish courts where the food, being for the rich, was essentially Roman. Anthimus wrote his host this long letter on diet - De Observatione Ciborum.
Eggs, Cheese and Butter in Old Regime France
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Series: Le Grand d'Aussy's History of French Food. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,480. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » History
Green eggs were popular once, and long before Dr. Seuss, in France. Poached eggs were served with orange juice and spices. These are just a few of the facts found in the brief but wide-ranging chapter the eighteenth century writer Le Grand d'Aussy included on eggs and dairy products in his three volumes on the history of French food.
Catholic Fasting in France - From the Franks to the Eighteenth Century
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Series: Le Grand d'Aussy's History of French Food. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,100. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » French
Is bacon fat meat? Chicken? Cheese? Eggs? All of these have been considered, at different times, meat or meatless foods by the Catholic Church. The eighteenth century historian Le Grand d'Aussy included several long passages on the complex history of Catholic fasting in France in his master work on the history of French food and these are collected and translated here for the first time.
Apres Moi le Dessert: A French Eighteenth Century Model Meal
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Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 13,750. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » History
Original eighteenth century recipes - most newly translated from French - selected to match a "model meal" given in a classic period cookbook. Recipes appear for three services: FIRST SERVICE (Soups and entrees) - SECOND SERVICE (roasts) - THIRD SERVICE (Entremets) - and range from chickens in galantine to fried testicles.
About the Baguette: Exploring the Origin of a French National Icon
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,940. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Baking
Where did the baguette come from? A simple enough question, but this search for an answer ranges from the long breads of Babylon and Egypt to the first long (but wide) breads in France to the gradual evolution of long narrow breads from the eighteenth into the twentieth century, resulting in both the roll-sized "flute" and the gigantic jockos of the nineteenth century.
BULLIES: Monologues on Bullying for Teens and Adults
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,660. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2011. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
This collection of original monologues looks at this national problem from many different points of view: those of the victims and the bullies, of teachers and parents, of bystanders who may or may not step in. It focuses on high school, but also looks at how bullying occurs in college and the adult world, and at the scars it may leave years later.
A History of Wine in France from the Gauls to the Eighteenth Century
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Series: Le Grand d'Aussy's History of French Food. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,990. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » History » History of things
One of the most complete histories of wine in France was written in the eighteenth century, a long chapter within Le Grand d'Aussy's work on French food and wine. Le Grand starts with the Gauls, Greeks and Romans and the introduction of wine into France and continues through the centuries, discussing the appearance of the bottle, the best wines and grapes of his time and a host of other details.
The Monologue Bin
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 33,680. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2011. Category: Screenplays » Drama
A collection of over 100 original monologues for teen and adult actors. Includes all the monologues from "Monologues for Teens and Twenties".
Paris Poems
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,910. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2011. Category: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
Paris, art, poetry - they go together so well. This original collection includes a number of poems on Paris, the Seine, the gargoyles of Notre Dame, the shifting moods of the city and the nostalgia it inspires. A quirky homage to garlic ("Saloon") is followed by a number of poems on great art (Picasso, Renoir, Japanese prints). The collection ends with an elegy to the author's mother.
A Tour of Two Cities: 18th century London and Paris compared
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 21,880. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
This new translation offers readers of English a unique look at eighteenth century London and England generally, compared to Paris and France in the same period. It was written by the sharp-tongued and observant journalist Linguet, whose observations range from overviews of official institutions like the Law and religion to descriptions of houses, furniture, markets. etc.
The Man With Two Heads and His Friends From the Fair: Monologues inspired by French 18th century fairs
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,700. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2010. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
This playful collection of 14 original monologues gives voice to characters and observers from the 18th century French fairs. Before the Revolution, these were a prime source of entertainment for people of all classes. Among those who speak in these monologues are a man with two heads, a rope dancer, a strong woman, a marionettist, a tumbler, and the maker of an automaton: a colorful assortment!
The Old Regime Police Blotter I: Bloodshed, Sex & Violence In Pre-Revolutionary France
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 38,310. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2009. Category: Nonfiction » History » European
Eighteenth century true crime! - A source book of homicide, suicide, rape and prostitution cases from 18th century France, most from previously untranslated material. Sources include periodicals, police reports and contemporary true crime accounts. Includes a look at the Marquis de Sade and his kidnapping and torture of Rose Keller. These cases themselves are rich with period detail.
How To Cook A Peacock: Le Viandier: Medieval Recipes From The French Court
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 16,160. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2009. Category: Nonfiction » History » Middle ages
In the fourteenth century, French kings prized such fare as peacock, storks and herons. Guillaume Tirel not only cooked these dishes, he left a book on how to do it. Le Viandier has survived in at least four different versions. Now Jim Chevallier has translated the so-called Fifteenth Century version, making it available to recreational medievalists, food historians and students of medieval life.
Monologues for Teens and Twenties (2nd edition)
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 14,910. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2009. Category: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » Anthologies
A collection of monologues for young adults from their teens to their twenties, organized by age group and gender. Monologues from this collection have been included in two other anthologies. This second edition includes revised versions of two monologues as well as three additional monologues.
Suicide Monologues for Actors and Others
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 8,470. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2009. Category: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health
A collection of original monologues, exploring the issues around suicide from multiple viewpoints. Grouped into four sections, for use individually (for class, performance, auditions, etc.) or as a complete production.
Thirty Monologues for Teens
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 7,020. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2009. Category: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
Thirty teen voices - flirting, mocking, musing, some fun, some serious, on subjects as different as loss, texting and (yes) spaceships. Monologues for practice, class, audition and performance from the author of "Monologues for Teens and Twenties". NOTE: Certain of these pieces - based on experiences of actual teens - address difficult issues which may be considered "Adult" by some readers.

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Smashwords book reviews by Jim Chevallier

  • Smashwords Style Guide on Dec. 21, 2009

    I've only glanced at it so far, but it appears to be excellent. And not only for publishing works here. Anyone planning to publish on the Kindle, for instance, would do well to read it, for a strong understanding of the peculiarities of this new mode of publication.