A new library has opened in Angers – and it’s set to spark an appetite for more than just reading. 

The venue, which opened its doors on March 1, is home to around 700 tomes all about cuisine and wine, which were lovingly collected over many years by the late food critic Michel Piot, who died in 2015. 

During his career, Piot, who wrote for Le Figaro and was editor-in-chief of La Bonne Cuisine, got to know many of the giants of French gastronomy, and a number of the books in his collection are signed by their authors, including the likes of Bernard Loiseau, Joël Robuchon and Paul Bocuse. 

The books are the collection of the late journalist Michel Piot
The books are the collection of the late journalist Michel Piot, Photo: Saveurs France/Wikimedia

Piot’s daughter Hélène Piot, herself a food journalist, told newspaper Vingt Minutes that the collection “sheds a real historical light on the cuisine of the second half of the 20th century”. 

The Michel-Piot Library, on Rue Saint-Aubin, is open to the general public as well as to students and staff from Angers’ Campus de la Gastronomie. 

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