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That's why Patricia Wells's updated guide, now in its fourth edition, is a hit. With detailed information on 450 restaurants, Wells takes readers by the hand and demystifies the culture so well known for its luscious food and demanding gourmands. Sidebars abound: she dissects breads, foie gras, and oysters--and even gives the cultural background on why the French may drink wine in the morning (to kill worms, of course), as well as discussing the pros and cons of eating the rinds of cheeses. Also listed are the best bakeries, cafés, and specialty shops, as well as 50 recipes to try at home.
If there is a criticism to be made of this sturdy and informative book, it's of the writing of this International Herald Tribune critic, which is sometimes riddled with stock descriptions and clichés. Yet readers are likely to forgive her this occasional foible, as Wells's interesting details and enthusiasm are enough to send devout Italophiles, even, to Paris--where they can sink their teeth into those crusty baguettes. --Melissa Rossi --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
An inveterate explorer of all things culinary, Patricia Wells brings us the very best of Paris: not only unforgettable evenings in her foolproof selection of restaurants, bistros, and cafes, but the places to find the flakiest croissants, earthiest charcuteries, sublimest cheeses, most knowledgeable wine merchants, gleaming pots and pans, and the holy grail of breads, pain Poilane.
Whether the urge is a simple one, like satisfying a midafternoon sweet tooth on the rule de Buci (try Jean-Pierre Carton for its puckery tarte citron or deep, rich tarte au chocolat), or grander - deciding between hallowed Taillevent or the poetic, audacious Pierre Gagnaire - Ms. Well's guidance is infallible. She tells us what is new and wonderful (more than 50 restaurants and 100 specialty food shops have been added to this edition) and what is gloriously familiar and still to be treasured. She even manages to coax recipes from her favorite chefs - 50 are included in the book.
Great resource for my upcoming ten days hanging out in Paris coming up in April. I've already heavily bookmarked it. So happy to fine a section titled "Shop Organic". Read morePublished 2 days ago by Ann Brooks
We used this guide for our trip to Paris last year. Love that it is organized by neighborhood and type of restaurant/market. Such a treat to read and explore. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Denise
THis is a wonderful update for all the previous guides by Patricia Wells.Published 27 days ago by Janet Cohen
Bought this book prior to my trip to Paris, France.
With the advice and listed places in this book.
I lucky enough to go try out a few places.
I owned a previous edition of this book and used it for a trip to Paris in 1995. Using that book as our guide, we gathered supplies in specialty markets near our hotel for a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by RosesRed
We don't normally buy food books but this one was a wonderful aid to our Paris trip. We hit several of the locations and were very pleased with the recommendations. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazonian
Impossible to find anything too many categories. For example how would anyone know that "Fish la Boissonnerie" is listed not under restaurants, but under wine bars. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Einar Vinje
One of the best guides to out of the way places for budget-conscious foodies visiting Paris.Published 6 months ago by AJP
If you have a million dollars to blow on food in Paris, this is for you. If not, ask the locals. You'll get better (and cheaper) results!Published 6 months ago by Nicole DeVito