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The Authentic Bistros of Paris

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There may be a bistro on every block in Paris, but distinguishing the good from the disappointing isn't so easy: these little neighborhood restaurants look alike—zinc (or wood or pewter) bar, with small dining room, daily specials on the chalkboard, husband in the kitchen, wife up front. But the 51 bistros profiled here stand apart from the others by virtue of their food, often regional dishes native to the owners' home province, and wine, often a short but well-chosen list from small vineyards with which the ...
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Overview

There may be a bistro on every block in Paris, but distinguishing the good from the disappointing isn't so easy: these little neighborhood restaurants look alike—zinc (or wood or pewter) bar, with small dining room, daily specials on the chalkboard, husband in the kitchen, wife up front. But the 51 bistros profiled here stand apart from the others by virtue of their food, often regional dishes native to the owners' home province, and wine, often a short but well-chosen list from small vineyards with which the owner has a longstanding relationship.

Some of the gems included in Authentic Bistros of Paris include:

Le Bistrot de peintre, frequented by artists and gallery owners, with a façade that is considered the most beautiful example of the Modern style in Paris

• The exquisite La Palette, with its incomparable terrace and celebrity clientele, from Pablo Picasso to Catherine Deneuve

• The picturesque La Tartine, “the most-photographed bar in Paris”

Le Petit fer a cheval, where more than 20 select small-label wines are offered, and served to patrons seated on recycled metro benches or at the horseshoe-shaped antique bar

Chez Georges, the archetypical Latin Quarter wine bar, frequented by a convivial mélange of old-timers, students, and locals.

This discriminating little guide offers an endless source of charming and unpretentious places to enjoy a morning coffee, savor a memorable meal, or sip an afternoon aperitif in the most authentic Parisian settings.

Sumptuous color photographs throughout.

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Editorial Reviews

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"No one really knows how the bistro got its name, but the writer Francois Thomazeau and the photographer Sylvain Ageorges know exactly what to look for when they walk into one. In "The Authentic Bistros of Paris," they showcase 50 bistros in all 20 arrondissements. Each gets an atmospheric photograph or two and several paragraphs of text summing up the history and the virtues of the place. The Little Bookroom, a New York press, has published a number of small-format travel books along the same lines, but "Authentic Bistros," a translation of "Au Vrai zinc Parisien," may be the best, because the text lives up to the photographs. Mr. Thomazeau rules out a lot of the places that I might think of as bistros. His bistros are more bars than restaurants, with a few tried-and-true home-style dishes making up the usually very short menu. all have a few things in common. They make a good jambon-beurre (ham and butter on a crusty baguette), and they have soul..." --William Grimes, The New York Times

"The Authentic Bistros of Paris, by Francois Thomazeau and Sylvain Ageorges ...[aspires] to capture the cafes and bars where Parisians practice the art of living...[and offers] prose portraits evoking the personality of each place and that of their habitues and neighbors" --The San Francisco Chronicle

"In The Authentic Bistros of Paris, writer François Thomazeau and photographer Sylvain Ageorges celebrate 51 quintessential Parisian bistros" --Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel Magazine

"A morning coffee or an afternoon aperitif can be easier to sip by following the maps in The Authentic Bistros of Paris by Francois Thomazeau"--Publishers Weekly

"Being prepared for Paris’ culinary experience is essential for all food travelers...there are so many fantastic restaurants, bistros, and cafes to choose from it can be quite dizzying. It would have been much better if we had a little handy bistro guide.The Authentic Bistros of Paris is just such a guide. The focus of this book is the food. And let’s face it, sitting at a cute bistro can be lovely, but the French have so much to offer in sauces, desserts, wines, bread, and more that is a shame – no a sin – if you don’t take advantage of their fine culinary treasures on your next Paris vacation. For you, or for your favorite foodie friend visiting Paris, check out Authentic Bistros of Paris... I may just buy it to reminisce about my last visit. Sigh." --DailyOlive

Library Journal
Both of these little books take the reader off the usual Parisian tourist path. The Authentic Bistros of Paris is arranged by arrondissement (zone), but with no listings for the third and seventh, while Paris Jazz's venues are collected in four general areas (Montmarte, Montparnasse, Champs-Elysees, and Saint-Germain-des-Pres). The short entries in Paris Jazz cover historical sites such as the former residences of Cole Porter, Louis Armstrong, and Josephine Baker, plus the sites of famous clubs like the Blue Note. Also included are descriptions and contact information of clubs/bistros still in operation, like Harry's New York Bar, La Coupole, and Maxim's. In addition to address, phone number, hours, and more, each entry in Authentic Bistros of Paris covers the history of the establishment, the decor, and the type of fare offered, including typical and/or specialty dishes and drinks, and offers a profile of the owner (especially his/her philosophy of food and service). Both books are liberally sprinkled with photographs-black-and-white archival (Paris Jazz) and evocative color (Authentic Bistros). Inclusion in both books is subjective; the authors have obviously chosen their favorite places, and this has the benefit of making the reader feel privy to insider travel tips. Neither book will replace a standard guidebook for the Parisian tourist, but either or both can add an extra dimension to a trip. Recommended for larger public libraries. Academic libraries and public libraries with music collections may wish to consider Paris Jazz for its photographs and historical information.-Rita Simmons, Sterling Heights P.L., Michigan Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892145345
  • Publisher: New York Review Books
  • Publication date: 11/9/2005
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 932,655
  • Product dimensions: 4.78 (w) x 5.93 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Francois Thomazeau is a writer based in Paris.

Anna Moschovakis is a poet and translator living in Brooklyn.

Sylvain Ageorges is a photographer based in Paris.

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