The Food Lover's Guide to Paris

The Food Lover's Guide to Paris

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by Patricia Wells
     
 

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A restaurant critic for France's weekly L'Express and The International Herald Tribune, and a renowned food journalist, Patricia Wells is eminently qualified to write about the culinary treasures of Paris. Pat Wells returns to each of the more than 450 restaurants, bistros, cafes, and specialty food shops listed. She samples, she reviews, she updates

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A restaurant critic for France's weekly L'Express and The International Herald Tribune, and a renowned food journalist, Patricia Wells is eminently qualified to write about the culinary treasures of Paris. Pat Wells returns to each of the more than 450 restaurants, bistros, cafes, and specialty food shops listed. She samples, she reviews, she updates all vital statistics, she drops those whose quality has disappointed-and she recommends more than 100 terrific new places, emphasizing less expensive entries. And of course she brings back recipes-20 new ones in all.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563053269
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/1993
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.85(d)

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From the moment I set foot in France one chilly, gray January morning in 1973, I knew that Paris was a city I would love the rest of my life. More than a quarter of a century later, after spending twenty of those years in this gentle city, each day I am moved by Paris's elegance and beauty, its coquettish appeal. The quality of life here is better than in any other place I know, and eating well has much to do with it.

This is the book I came to Paris to write. Equal only to my passion for food is my love for reporting. I have always thought that one of the most enjoyable aspects of journalism is that you get to know people on their own turf, and you get to poke around, asking the questions that any curious person wants answers to. In researching this book, I - along with various companions - walked just about every street in Paris in search of the gastronomic best the city has to offer, talking, chatting, interviewing, meeting with the city's men and women who are responsible for all things great and edible. We set out to find the crispiest baguette, the thickest cup of steaming hot chocolate; to spot the most romantic site for a warm morning croissant or a sun-kissed summer lunch; to track down the trustiest cheese or choclate shop; to uncover the happiest place to sip wine on a brisk winter's day. We quickly gave up counting the number of times we got lost or rained out as we checked off addresses and discovered back streets and sleepy neighborhoods. We toured the markets and tea salons, sparred with butchers, laughed with the owners of a favorite bistro, and shared the incomparable aroma of a great loaf of bread as it came crackling from the oven. We rose eagerly at dawn to catch a pastry chef as he pulled the first batch of steaming croissants from his wood-fired oven; climbed down rickety ladders into warm and cozy baking cellars to discuss the state of the French baguette with a skilled baker; shivered as we toured the aromatic, humid, spotless rooms stacked with aging Brie and camembert, Vacherin and Roquefort. Each day we lunched and dined, sometimes at modest neighborhood bistros, sometimes in fine restaurants. We gathered recipes from pastry chefs, cooks, bakers, and teashop owners, and tested, tested, tested until my apartment took on the same irresistible mixture of aromas as the food streets and shops of Paris. Throughout, it was an exhilarating labor of love, one from which I hope you will profit, the joy of which I hope you will share.

This is a personal guide, and whenever I had to decide whether to include or delete a shop, a restaurant, a market, I asked myself one question: Would I want to go back there again? If the answer was no, the address was tossed into the ever-growing reject file.

In choosing restaurants, I have tried to be comprehensive but selective. I have tried as best I know how to tell you exactly what I think you will want to know about a restaurant: why you should go, where it is, how to get there, what you'll find when you arrive, and what it will cost. I intentionally did not rate restaurants, for I find personal restaurant ratings clumsy, arbitrary, Dan generally unreliable. Besides, they make a burdensome science out of what should, essentially, be joyful discovery.

No doubt, some places you will love less than I. Some you will love more. I hope this book will stimulate every reader to explore, look around, and ask questions, and will help everyone to understand just a bit more clearly the history, daily customs, and rich texture of Paris, the great gastronomic capital of the world.

Excerpted from The Food Lover's Guide to Paris: Fourth Edition. Copyright (c) 1999. Reprinted with permission by Workman Publishing.

Meet the Author

Patricia Wells, for more than two decades the restaurant critic for The International Herald Tribune, is the author of the award-winning Bistro Cooking, as well as more than a dozen other books. She also runs a successful cooking school in both Paris and Provence, where she and her husband have lived for more than 30 years.

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The Food Lover's Guide to Paris 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had bought the original version many years ago. With this new version the book is really nice-looking. Lots of entries and photos. However, many of her dining recommendations do not rate too well on a popular travel website. It seems that maybe the proprietors and staff know that because it is she who is dining there they make a tremendous effort to have the dishes prepared quite well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have purchased all editions of this tome and find it indispensible when in Paris. I recently had to purchase a new 4th Edition as I lent my first copy to some friends who took it to Paris and used it so much I let them keep it.I don't plan on going to Paris for at least a year or more, but I do find it a wonderful read when cooking inspirations allude me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello! * She smiled *