- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Later Printing Used edition (April 15, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812976835
- ISBN-13: 978-0812976830
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 54 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,373,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hungry for Paris: The Ultimate Guide to the City's 102 Best Restaurants Paperback – April 15, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
A Paris vacation in book form, this volume travels from the glittering restaurants of the Boulevard St.-Germain to the grittier haunts of Belleville and Clichy, offering insights into classic bistros, new favorites and even a smattering of ethnic cheapies (the sorts of dining establishments that Parisians themselves have only just started getting used to). Lobrano, European correspondent for Gourmet magazine, is an observant and dedicated restaurant-hound, noting the peculiarities of a certain proprietor at one brasserie, recording the exact temperature at which oysters are served at another. No entry is longer than two or three pages, but rest assured they're fully stocked with strong opinions and recommendations; happily, Lobrano is unafraid to challenge culinary convention, calling L'Ami Louis, long a brutally expensive stop on the "when in Paris" tour, "a pretty egregious example of conspicuous consumption... especially when you can find better roast chicken and foie gras anywhere." Not since Patricia Wells's classic Food Lover's Guide to Paris has a guidebook given readers such a mouthwatering tour of the City of Lights.
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“A wonderful guide to eating in Paris.”—Alice Waters
“Nobody else has such an intimate knowledge of what is going on in the Paris food world right this minute. Happily, Alexander Lobrano has written it all down in this wonderful book.”—Ruth Reichl
“Delightful . . . the sort of guide you read before you go to Paris—to get in the mood and pick up a few tips, a little style.”—Los Angeles Times
“When I got the book, I started flipping through it, jumping in and out of various chapters listlessly. But the writing was so good, I wanted to do it justice and read it front-to-back, and found it to be not just a list of restaurants but a truly superb read.”—David Lebovitz, author of The Sweet Life in Paris
“Hungry for Paris is like a cozy bistro on a chilly day: It makes you feel welcome.”—The Washington Post
“This book will make readers more than merely hungry for the culinary riches of Paris; it will make them ravenous for a dining companion with Monsieur Lobrano’s particular warmth, wry charm, and refreshingly pure joie de vivre.”—Julia Glass
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"Similarly, another starter of chewy bulots in a lemongrass-and-basil-spiked broth also offers a meaty mouth feel at pleasant odds with the gentle flavors most often associated in Thai cooking..." Lobrano's prose is evocative of all the emotions he must have experienced while eating his way around Paris. The stories accompanying the descriptions of the foods and the restaurants make the "reviews" feel warm and personal, yet objective, instead of feeling prescriptive.
I also really appreciate some of the practical aspects of navigating the book. The restaurants are conveniently arranged under sections by arrondissements of the city. Each section starts out with a low-resolution, yet helpful, map of the restaurants reviewed in that particular arrondissement (or groups of them). The index offers a list of restaurants by price, and another by type.