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Remembrance of Things Paris: Sixty Years of Writing from Gourmet (Modern Library Food) Paperback – March 8, 2005

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Gourmet magazine has been delivering tasty reports on France's restaurants and cuisine to Americans ever since the end of World War II. This anthology collects the magazine's best essays, which document Paris's transformation over the years, and includes descriptions of such momentous events as the demise of the market at Les Halles and the development of nouvelle cuisine. The selection is heavy on Joseph Wechsberg, a frequent contributor during the '70s, and on Naomi Barry, the magazine's first resident correspondent, but it also includes the work of Michael Lewis and Diane Johnson. The book covers everything from chocolate shops to legendary restaurants to instructions on how to make a perfect cassoulet. And it's not just food writing-there are also pieces on haute couture, flower markets and Paris icon Alice B. Toklas, making this is a charming, nostalgic collection for francophiles of all stripes.
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“With selections from the last six decades, this book gives the reader snapshots of Paris that are crisp, clear, and often poignant, proof that things really have changed in the temple of food. The cameos of the sleeves-rolled-up individuals behind the big names—including Berthillon and Lenôtre—read like fiction and remind us of a fundamental truth: creating magic in the kitchen is hard work, and the French have been at it far longer than others. An entrancing book.”
Thad Carhart, New York Times-bestselling author of The Piano Shop on the Left Bank


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Product Details

  • Series: Modern Library Food
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Modern Library; Reprint edition (March 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812971930
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812971934
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ruth Reichl, Gourmet's editor in chief, is the author of the best-selling memoirs Tender at the Bone, Comfort Me with Apples, and Garlic and Sapphires, and the forthcoming Not Becoming My Mother and Other Things She Taught Me Along the Way. She is executive producer of the two-time James Beard Award-winning Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie, which airs on public television across the country, and the editor of the Modern Library Food Series. Before coming to Gourmet, she was the restaurant critic for the New York Times, receiving two James Beard Awards for her work. She lectures frequently on food and culture.

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What a great opportunity to learn more about the Paris I love, and French food which I do not prepare at home. I wait for my trips. I am not intimidated with the snooty waiters, as I did my "homework." I'm prepared to ask questions about loaves and wine and anything else. The set-up of the chapters was easy reading, too. I trusted the writers. I discovered more secrets in Paris via their investigations and risky ventures. I didn't have to suffer the frustrations of getting lost on the metro nor the pains of tusseling with those Parisian cabbies. I especially enjoyed the trips to the new and modern Paris as described by Paul Goldberger. Do you want to loaf with a loaf, drink a bottle away from the bottlenecks? Read this book. Also, I will read other books in the Modern Library Food series based on my enjoyment of Ruth Reichl choices.
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Just a terrific book recalling the "dining" history of Paris. Nice short varied chapters that will make a foodie's mouth water. I recommend it.
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All books with anything to do with Ruth Reichl are worth diving into. I have read all of them. My favorite is Garlic & Sapphires but I love this one too.
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I used to go through Gourmet where I worked to check out the Paris and London Journals. The rest of the magazine was great as well, but I particularly liked the two columns from my two fav places on earth. The book has some really good essays on post WWII rationing, and Parisian life during wartime. In fact any column or essay has
History, social studies, food, travel, recipes and just life in Paris, that we read and say " Aaaahhhh Paris".... Sometimes the articles and columns are all some people will ever experience. But thankfully they are great and we can still read them.
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Hi,

This book is a compilation of articles from Gourmet that are dated and heavy reading. There are a number of articles all by the same food writer, and I found his work especially long and cumbersome. I love Reichl's work and have read all of her books, but this early project where she serves as a curator and an editor did not make a connection with me.

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I am a huge fan of food and love to read... why not combine the two?! This book pulls from the writing of Gourmet magazine, highlighting the best articles throughout the decades. Some are funny, some touching, all delicious. Perfect book for those who don't have much time to read, but want quality writing in short chapter format. Great read!
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I have really enjoyed this book. I chose it after reading BETWEEN MEALS: AN APPETITE FOR PARIS by A.J. Liebling for a book club. Having never been to Paris, I feel I have had a real taste of it from these two books.
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The essays in this wonderful compilation brought me back to Paris as it was before I started my own travels there. I savored every sentence.
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