Paris, the food-lover's capital, is a city adept at satisfying the most discerning gourmand. Taking the reader on a gastronomic tour of the city, Parisian Food Shops offers a unique guide to the best addresses for savoring the flavors of Paris, where sampling reigns supreme. Beautiful shops and boutiques offer delectable pastry and tarts, chocolate and candy, wine, bread, and cheese, olive oil, tea, and soup: the finest products from France's many celebrated regions and across the globe.
The authors traversed the streets of the capital to bring together this mix of traditional and exoticflavors, organic and fusion trends that embody Parisian delicacies—both sweet and savory. Sarramon's photographs present a feast for both eyes and stomach: from the Cakes de Bertrand, served in a romantic old-world interior, to the Maison des 3 Thès, with its expensive teas and lavish décor. The shops, often created by a great chef or famous name in French gastronomy, may include a "take-out" counter of catered fare for a no-fuss feast at home.
From the most traditional establishments to the hottest new addresses, an indispensable address book completes the selection to provide the epicurean visitor with satisfaction in every quarter of the capital. Rich with ideas for eating well, Parisian Food Shops is the ultimate indulgence!
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Pierre Rival is the wine and gastronomy writer for the fashion magazine Citizen K, and contributes to the French newspaper Les Echos. He is the author of Savoir Faire: Great Traditions in French Elegance (Flammarion) and has also published poetry, short stories, and travel writing.
Christian Sarramon, a photographer who specializes in lifestyle topics, contributes regularly to many prominent European magazines. His photographs have appeared in numerous works on travel, decor, and gardens, including Provence Style, Living in Provence, Living in Paris, Gardens in Normandy, and The Book of Roses, all published by Flammarion.
Warning: don't open this book if you're hungry. Its photographs of confections and chocolates, cakes, teas and coffees, breads, cheeses, caviar, truffles, wines and other gourmet treats are so mouth-watering that they're tempting even if you've just eaten. Rival, a food and wine writer for the fashion magazine Citizen K, and Sarramon, whose photographs have appeared in many European magazines, unveil images of gourmet Paris: sumptuous boutiques where confectioners compress chocolate eggs into cube shapes and pastry shops whose "spring 2004 collections" include pistachio sponges filled with bitter chocolate cream. Although there's a significant amount of text, the real draw is the photos, full-color tributes to the booty found in dozens of the city's gourmet temples. There are no street-side crepe booths, chestnut vendors or fruit stands featured here, but the authors do present a nice variety of famous places, like La Maison du Chocolat, Ladurée (which claims to have invented the macaroon) and Poilâne boulangerie (although, interestingly, there are no shots of superstores Hédiard and Fauchon). Lesser known treasures appear, too, such as Marie-Anne Cantin, a cheese shop where one can pick up a piece of Camembert that's been ripened by the proprietor herself. The icing on the cake is a pink "notebook" in the back of the book that lists the authors' favorite gourmet shops, their specialties and their locations.
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