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The book that cracks the code, from the incomparable Patricia Wells. An acclaimed authority on French cuisine, Ms. Wells has spent more than 30 years in Paris, many as former restaurant critic for The International Herald Tribune. Now her revered Food Lover s Guide to Paris is back in a completely revised, brand-new edition. In 457 entries 345 new to this edition, plus 112 The book that cracks the code, from the incomparable Patricia Wells. An acclaimed authority on French cuisine, Ms. Wells has spent more than 30 years in Paris, many as former restaurant critic for The International Herald Tribune. Now her revered Food Lover s Guide to Paris is back in a completely revised, brand-new edition. In 457 entries 345 new to this edition, plus 112 revisited and reviewed classics The Food Lover s Guide to Paris offers an elegantly written go-to guide to the very best restaurants, cafes, wine bars, and bistros in Paris, as well as where to find the flakiest croissants, earthiest charcuteries, sublimest cheese, most ethereal macarons, and impeccable outdoor markets. The genius of the book is Ms. Wells s meritocratic spirit. Whether you re looking for a before-you-die Michelin three-star experience (Guy Savoy, perhaps, or Restaurant Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee) or wanting to sample the new bistronomy (Bistrot Paul Bert, Le Comptoir du Relais) or craving something simple and perfect (L As du Fallafel, or Breizh Cafe for crepes), Patricia Wells tells you exactly where to go and why you should go there. You no longer have to rely on the iffy reviews of Yelp or Trip Advisor. Included are 40 recipes from some of her favorite chefs and purveyors and, of course, all the practical information: addresses, websites, email, hours, closest metro stop, specialties, and more.


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The book that cracks the code, from the incomparable Patricia Wells. An acclaimed authority on French cuisine, Ms. Wells has spent more than 30 years in Paris, many as former restaurant critic for The International Herald Tribune. Now her revered Food Lover s Guide to Paris is back in a completely revised, brand-new edition. In 457 entries 345 new to this edition, plus 112 The book that cracks the code, from the incomparable Patricia Wells. An acclaimed authority on French cuisine, Ms. Wells has spent more than 30 years in Paris, many as former restaurant critic for The International Herald Tribune. Now her revered Food Lover s Guide to Paris is back in a completely revised, brand-new edition. In 457 entries 345 new to this edition, plus 112 revisited and reviewed classics The Food Lover s Guide to Paris offers an elegantly written go-to guide to the very best restaurants, cafes, wine bars, and bistros in Paris, as well as where to find the flakiest croissants, earthiest charcuteries, sublimest cheese, most ethereal macarons, and impeccable outdoor markets. The genius of the book is Ms. Wells s meritocratic spirit. Whether you re looking for a before-you-die Michelin three-star experience (Guy Savoy, perhaps, or Restaurant Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee) or wanting to sample the new bistronomy (Bistrot Paul Bert, Le Comptoir du Relais) or craving something simple and perfect (L As du Fallafel, or Breizh Cafe for crepes), Patricia Wells tells you exactly where to go and why you should go there. You no longer have to rely on the iffy reviews of Yelp or Trip Advisor. Included are 40 recipes from some of her favorite chefs and purveyors and, of course, all the practical information: addresses, websites, email, hours, closest metro stop, specialties, and more.

30 review for The Food Lover's Guide to Paris: The Best Restaurants, Bistros, Cafés, Markets, Bakeries, and More

  1. 4 out of 5

    Delilah

    Great reference book for me, as I am traveling to Paris in a few weeks and LOVE to eat!!! The author has great tips, do's and don'ts, and lists her favorites. Highly recommend!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Guinevere

    Well, definitely not a book to read when you are hungry...or maybe, why not, the perfect book to read when you're hungry! I received this book via a Goodreads giveaway. This is a really well-organized guide, by type of food purveyor and then broken down into neighborhoods, with price info, etc. Throughout the book there are many sidebars of info that can be useful while actually in Paris, and plenty that's fun to know even if a trip to Paris isn't in the works. Sure, I wish there were more recipe Well, definitely not a book to read when you are hungry...or maybe, why not, the perfect book to read when you're hungry! I received this book via a Goodreads giveaway. This is a really well-organized guide, by type of food purveyor and then broken down into neighborhoods, with price info, etc. Throughout the book there are many sidebars of info that can be useful while actually in Paris, and plenty that's fun to know even if a trip to Paris isn't in the works. Sure, I wish there were more recipes - tho I appreciate those that were included, and in particular am looking forward to making the asparagus with whipped ricotta (I am a cheese-maker and asparagus is in season here now!) and the almond cake. Some of the recipes were a little disappointing - as in, a certain type of cheese on a certain type of bread...but looking at it as an example is maybe better than thinking of that as a recipe. We'll be in Paris at some point in the fall of 2015, so I will definitely be checking some of these places out!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    Reviews restaurants, cafes, chocolate shops, bakeries, pastry shops and markets. There is also a wonderful food glossary and some nice photos. Her purpose is to guide you to good food rather than bargains so many are priced on the high side, still an amazing amount of info and the glossary would be very valuable even to someone who has French. Her descriptions of the dishes are mouth-watering and she also includes a nice selection of recipes (which appear in the text near the review of the place Reviews restaurants, cafes, chocolate shops, bakeries, pastry shops and markets. There is also a wonderful food glossary and some nice photos. Her purpose is to guide you to good food rather than bargains so many are priced on the high side, still an amazing amount of info and the glossary would be very valuable even to someone who has French. Her descriptions of the dishes are mouth-watering and she also includes a nice selection of recipes (which appear in the text near the review of the place that makes that dish).

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sandy Hall

    I recieved this as an early read via netgalley. This book made me BEG my husband to consider a trip to Paris! I wish I had access to such a detailed guide with personalized suggestions and glorious descriptions when I had moved to Germany many, many years ago. It covers so much more than just food, it explains cultural differences and allows the vacationer to have a truly well rounded idea of what they can expect.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Erik

    Pure candy! Delightful descriptions by Arrondissement. And recipes too. Nice attention to the sorts of dishes that are distinctive of French cooking: game, truffles, huitres, duck and such. Helpful glossary in back. Update: I have now been to several of her suggestions and they all worked out well. Just my own 2 centimes: I wouldn't be too picky about getting oysters from those tiny places with 5 or 6 tables, since Paris is covered in good oyster bars.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Joan Stroh

    Brought with me when I went on my trip to France. In addition to reviews of the different restaurants and where to eat, I wish I had glanced at the section of the differences in food names before lunch one day. Andouille Sausage in the States is a food I enjoy. In Paris, it's tripe .....which I really didn't. I looked it up after getting back to the Air BNB and was happy to know that I tried something new and I hadn't lost my mind.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tig

    Excellent resource, even if the reader has never been to Paris and has no plans to travel there anytime in the near future. The recipes that I tried from the book were delicious, the behind-the-scenes stories about the various eateries and their owners were very interesting. I liked that there was a soupçon of history added to the mix. I am adding this book to my Wish List of books that I would like to own a copy of.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mellie Antoinette

    Patricia Wells is more than just a name to know on the French food scene. She's an expert. My favorite thing about this book is that I knew she had dined at every establishment recommended in the book. Organized by arrondissement, I lovingly tagged my favorites and I'm ready to eat! Thanks Patricia!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Susie

    A very thorough and delightful guide to dining in Paris. I love how it is divided by type of establishment. If you want to find a chocolate shop in the 8th Arr., just jump to the chocolate shops section. Love also all the practical information included with each review so you know if you're going to break the bank or not or where to dine on a Sunday. Don't read this while hungry.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Christy Cowell

    What a great travel resource as well as fun reading from home! She describes restaurants so well, using specific and evocative language. Great resource also for food shopping, kitchenware stores, etc. I like the fact that there are regular updates to the book's app and Kindle version, so you're notified when key details like contact info for a restaurant have changed.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Doug Schmidt

    This was my primary tour guide through Paris. Not only does it list restaurants to eat at but also bakeries, cheese shops and specialty shops you don't want to miss such as Dehllerin for their copper cookware unchanged in appearance it is right off of a postcard!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    The recipes in the book was the hidden gem. Too much restaurant choices in it for a vacationer's trip to Paris.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    I used this in Paris it was most helpful! Emily and I actually went to a couple of the recommended places!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    One never stops reading this book. It is the definitive guide on where to eat well in the city of light.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lynne Martin

    Wonderful guide - a big help to us, particularly in August when so many restaurants are closed.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joanne Gass

    Patricia Wells is not only a great cookbook writer, she is also a fine guide. I always enjoy her writing.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn

    Lots of great places listed all by arrondisements.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Liz De Coster

    Interesting, but not quite what I was hoping in the restaurant price ranges.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Stutzmonkey

    the best cookbook writer! ex-pat american, knows everything about france and french food.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    More pre-trip research... bought used on amazon, now lives on my cookbook shelf - for the recipies

  21. 4 out of 5

    James

    A great refresh on this classic guide to eating in one of my favourite cities

  22. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Even if you never go to Paris, Patricia Wells' food guides are good reads. Next to Julia Child, Wells is my second favorite food guru of all things French.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    It's great to have an updated version to prep for my next trip to Paris. This helps you pick and choose based on your tastes and budget.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kirk

    This was my guide on my first ever visit to Paris in 1990.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Eunice J.

    This book has a lot of repeat info. Many of the same chain stores are listed in cafes, bakeries and pastries sections. Many restaurants listed here are also no longer in business. In addition, I find her write up on places lacking insight. The markets section is useful but I’m wondering how updated the info is. The food glossary seems useful but you can find that in a good tour book or phrase book. I don’t find the book informative especially if you’ve been to Paris many times. Many of the good This book has a lot of repeat info. Many of the same chain stores are listed in cafes, bakeries and pastries sections. Many restaurants listed here are also no longer in business. In addition, I find her write up on places lacking insight. The markets section is useful but I’m wondering how updated the info is. The food glossary seems useful but you can find that in a good tour book or phrase book. I don’t find the book informative especially if you’ve been to Paris many times. Many of the good restaurants/cafes I’ve been to are not even listed here. It would seem the book was put together lazily and haphazardly. Very disappointed! I want my money back!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sara Chesnut

    The book to take to Paris, especially for food lovers. Great advice for shopping for food, cookware, and ans specialty items. The restaurant reviews are fine, but the insiders' guide to great bakeries, cheese shops, confectioners shops, and cookware stores is what sets this book apart from other guides. Rent an apartment on AirB&B or VRBO, through this book in your bag, and enjoy a foodie paradise vacation. The book to take to Paris, especially for food lovers. Great advice for shopping for food, cookware, and ans specialty items. The restaurant reviews are fine, but the insiders' guide to great bakeries, cheese shops, confectioners shops, and cookware stores is what sets this book apart from other guides. Rent an apartment on AirB&B or VRBO, through this book in your bag, and enjoy a foodie paradise vacation.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Fun little travel guide with recipes and reviews of restaurants and bistros. Definitely not a book to read when you're hungry, though. Haha.

  28. 4 out of 5

    JodiP

    This will be invaluable as we plan where to eat in Paris. I intend to buy it, so we have a guide for the trips to come. It's well-organized and easy to find the type of food you wish. My only suggestion for improvement is to have a map of all the arrondisements right in the book. However, this absence did help me learn the neighborhoods a bit more.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Mcmasters

    An excellent guide to eating in Paris. I took quite a few of her recommendations on my first trip there this fall, and didn't have a single bad meal in the city. Highly recommended!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Bates

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