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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Little Bookroom; First Edition, 1st Printing edition (October 31, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892145340
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892145345
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 4.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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"In these elegantly designed pages you will discover...the café where Hemingway supped on garlicky port sausage, potatoes marinated in olive oil and a large stein of draft beer...tiled floors that lead to secret underground passageways or red velour banquettes beneath stained glass ceiling panels."—Chicago Tribune

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Kalliroi Rolfe on March 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book does not go beyond a superficial description of the interiors of the bistros. The writers completely ignore the food and there is not one description of a dish one may expect at any of these establishments.

It is of no value to anyone requiring guidance to select an authentic Parisian bistro.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By ParisBreakfast on February 6, 2006
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I bought this excellent little guide in France last year under the name of AU VRAI ZINC PARISIEN. Small, handy to carry around, full of useful information and terrific photos. Only comment, the French version has a nicer cover...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Cooper on March 8, 2007
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This is a GREAT book for the money. Lots of full color pictures so you really get a feel for each place, organized by arrondissement so you can find a bistro no matter what neighborhood you happen to be in, good write-ups, and small enough to take in your purse. And apart from the prices, the information about the places will probably be pretty timeless.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 11, 2006
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If you're Paris-bound and looking for an easy pocket tote to take along - and have heard about the famous bistros of Paris - don't miss Authentic Bistros of Paris: there may be one on every block but this book separates wheat from chafe. It first appeared in France and now is accessible to U.S. audiences, selecting over fifty bistros which stand apart due to regional foods, wines, and atmospheres. Sure, you can visit French bistros without it - but why spend your trip on less than the best? AUTHENTIC BISTROS helps you define and find them.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew S. Rogers VINE VOICE on March 23, 2008
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Another book about Paris bistros and cafés I read a few years ago claimed that you should be able to choose a café to make your own (and don't we all want to feel at home in a Paris café?) solely on the basis of what he had written in those pages. He didn't quite pull it off, I thought. I'd be a lot more comfortable settling into an "authentic bistro" in the City of Lights based on this book by Thomazeau and Ageorges. Their photos and descriptions of four-dozen or so bistros are wonderfully evocative.

Which isn't to say they're perfect, however, as other reviewers here have attested. For one thing, the descriptions, tempting as they are, are still pretty superficial and the photos, while gorgeous, never show the bistros at the French equivalent of rush hour. While the copy does mention the nearest Metro station, there are no maps to place them in a larger context for readers not already familiar with Paris' arrondissements.

All of which reminds us this is a book originally written in French, for the French. It's a great thing it was translated into English and I'm sure will make an American's trip to Paris even brighter and more memorable. For those of us stuck at home, its teasing overview leaves us wanting more (more descriptions, more recipes, more photos, more maps...) -- for which we'll need to turn to some other book.
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