At the foot of Mont Blanc, the Mountain Book Fair in Passy, Haute Savoie (France) celebrated its 24th birthday earlier in August marking 24 years of exchange, cooperation, discussions, discoveries, chills or shared joy. “Taste of Mountain” was the selected theme for the event which took place from the 8th to the 10th of August and hosted Jean-Robert Pitte, former president of the University of Paris-Sorbonne as its honorary president.
Featuring a 250-seat auditorium, panel discussions, round tables, slideshows and movies on topics related to the book fair and mountains were organized to gather culinary amateurs and mountain people. The fair was animated throughout by entertainments for adults and children.
The book fair was also an international crossroad, as many countries were represented, including France, Italy, Switzerland, Nepal, Britain, Iran, Canada, and many others. Many publishers, booksellers and specialists in old French and foreign books attended the fair, as well as authors to promote and autograph their books. We selected four very different publications that we will feature in more detail in coming weeks: “Plans des Pistes: ski area maps of France” designed by Pierre Novatus, “Le Secret de l’Eminence” by Jean Pierre Banville, “Julie et Edelweiss” by Bruno Doutremer and “Snow Tales and Powder Trails” by Steve Baldwin.
In all the valleys of the world, life evolves throughout the seasons perpetuating culinary traditions that are of wealthy tastes. This year, the mountain book opened the doors of world cuisines to help us preserve the memory of the tasty things. BornSkier will keep you informed of the next book fair as well as other mountain fairs worldwide.