I would recommend it for a Francophile, or a Ruth Reichl fan her piece in the book is classicly great, and so much in her style. Aug 24, Jerry rated it really liked it. A collection of beautifully written love letters to the dining experience in Paris. If you've never been it will give you a taste of the city, and if you have been it will remind of it's greatness.
Jul 09, Brooke Everett rated it it was ok Shelves: This coming September, I'm heading to Paris for the first time ever and I could not be more excited. Belon oysters and Sancerre! Deep history imbued with the magic of so many great artists and icons! Being the perpetual student that I am, I'm taking my "studying" very seriously prior to this trip. I want to arrive informed about not only where to find the greatest and best foie gras, but also about the city's pantheon of incredible restaurants and chefs.
This book really made it This coming September, I'm heading to Paris for the first time ever and I could not be more excited. This book really made it seem like a wearisome school task, though. Every time I picked it up, I made it through about four pages before I passed out.
Certainly, there were pieces that qualified for five stars, but many of the older essays had a cadence and language that made for a total snoozefest. The selections that contained a bit of a story element grabbed my attention more quickly. I am planning to look up whether a few of the old legendary establishments are still thriving. Just one more proof of Gallic greatness. The rooms can be approached by a side staircase leading from the passage de la Madeleine.
A foot placed on the first step sets off a warning bell that rings upstairs. Whenever guests include political figures, waiters are changed with each course to eliminate the possibility of following a conversation. It all has the lovely seriousness of a spy story in the days before wiretapping. This one has the added touch of magic that comes from pageantry and pomp, extravagance and audacity, and culinary genius.
Just to read it is to tingle the buds of taste. It is the possibility of failure in his best dishes, plus the impression of an artist working at the edge of his abilities, that makes his cooking so thrilling. How could a Francophile food writer not be intrigued by a collection of sixty years of food writing about Paris?
I looked forward to reading this book with keen anticipation and on the whole it didn't disappoint. Compiled by Ruth Reichl, for many years the editor in chief in Gourmet Magazine, it's an anthology of dispatches to Gourmet Magazine from various columnists based in Paris. It covers a period of sixty years, spanning the years immediately post World War 2 to the early s. As Ruth Rei How could a Francophile food writer not be intrigued by a collection of sixty years of food writing about Paris?
As Ruth Reichl states in the introduction, there were several decades when Paris was "a shrine for everyone who believed that eating well was the best revenge" and it's the best of those years that are represented in this book. Once Paris emerged from the doldrums of the war years and their associated privations, it didn't take long for it to reassert its rightful position at the pinnacle of the gourmet world and the essays in this book are a testament to that Paris and the magic it conjured.
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Several writers tend to predominate, obviously because they were correspondents for larger chunks of time and the book reflects the writing style of those writers pretty much to the exclusion of the others. In particular, essays by Naomi Barry and Joseph Wechsberg are gems of history and fascinating insights into a world that has largely been displaced by more recent developments.
It's a reminder of a Paris we all probably still think of in a nostalgic mood, even while acknowledging that it's a world that belongs to yesterday. Nov 21, Lisa rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is a collection of essays from Gourmet magazine, but is not all about food--architecture, fashion, recent Parisian history, and other subjects are covered as well, although there are lots of yummy food and descriptions and plenty of restaurants reviewed, of course. There are even recipes from great chefs, which one can read guilt-free because usually the ingredients are unobtainable rendered goose fat?
Most of all this b This book is a collection of essays from Gourmet magazine, but is not all about food--architecture, fashion, recent Parisian history, and other subjects are covered as well, although there are lots of yummy food and descriptions and plenty of restaurants reviewed, of course. Most of all this book made me miss Paris and my little rented flat by the Fountain of the Innocents a popular skateboarding venue and walking all over the first, second, third, and fourth arrondisements, and taking the Metro to others. Recent events in Paris make me wish I could go back to that safe and lovely city, although the French will find a way to make it safe again, I hope, and it will always be lovely.
I am referring to the Charlie Hebdo murders, the attack on the market, and the recent coordinated terrorist attacks, as well as increased anti-Semitic activity as described by Marie Brenner in Vanity Fair. One tiny complaint--I wish the dates had been at the beginning of each essay rather than at the end--especially in an e-book, this would have been helpful. May 03, Linette rated it liked it Shelves: As with any collection of articles in a magazine, this was a mixed bag. I know this was a gourmet magazine collection but I enjoyed the articles that were more focussed on Paris than on food best.
Jul 24, Patty rated it it was ok Shelves: Reading across the years may give you a way of seeing what is going on in a place in the present. Unfortunately, these essays did not do that for me. I was entertained by some of these articles, but many of them left me unmoved and uninterested. I am sure that some readers just love reading through this history of Paris.
However, other books have transported me to a Paris I can imagine. Oct 08, Colleen rated it liked it. Mostly, this book was very entertaining, albeit pretentious, but it's divided into essays which are super easy to read through on the subway.
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Toklas" is delightful, funny, warm and fascinating; I'm going on a mad search for more pieces by Naomi Berry because of it. I felt as tho Mostly, this book was very entertaining, albeit pretentious, but it's divided into essays which are super easy to read through on the subway. I felt as though he was teetering on a fine line of foodie or glutton, but ultimately came out like a fat king.
THEN, after all his rigmarole, describing the "stink" of the stupid hare he had eaten 15 times in one week, they didn't even offer up the recipe! The essay ended with a mention about sugared nuts. And not the author's, so it was boring. I hate you, Jonathan Gold.
Oct 31, Hester rated it liked it Shelves: This book seems like it should be right up my alley. I love food and I love Paris. The essays, though, focus on a rarified slice of Paris that I just cannot relate to. One of the articles extolls the virtues of high French cuisine and says that "low cost bistros" like Les Bookinistes are not much better than the cafes in New York. The author simultaneously slammed New York and said a restaurant with an 80 euro tasting menu is "low cost.
I especially enjoyed "The Christening," about the preparations that went into an upper class christening the soups sound so exotic! I was expecting to love this book, but alas I do not love it like I love Paris. Granted it was interesting but more often than not i was bored and skimmed through some of the essays. I gave it three stars because it was fun reading about the restaurants that have been a part of Paris for decades, if not centuries.
I made a list of restaurants that were written about years ago and are still around today. Hopefully I can try them all at one point in my life. But basically it was too long for me to enjo I was expecting to love this book, but alas I do not love it like I love Paris. But basically it was too long for me to enjoy. Mar 25, Julie rated it liked it Shelves: She read it quickly and gave it back to us, I forgot to ask her what she thought of it. She has been to France three times and keeps up with her relatives there. I don't know when we will get to this book and we will eventually!
May 06, Wayne Laney rated it really liked it. Paris, Gourmet, and Ruth Reichl: This is a wonderfully well-selected collection of pieces from several decades of Gourmet magazine. It is perhaps most enjoyable read slowly, a few articles at a sitting. There are descriptive passages among these articles that are some of the most evocative of places in Paris that I have ever read. Jan 18, Carol J. As editor of Gourmet Magazine, Ruth Reichl compiles a selection of wonderful articles on food and eating in Paris for this book.
Famous restaurants, bistro culture, great recipes, vignettes about eccentric chefs, French attitudes and culture Nov 09, Virginia Albanese rated it it was ok. Didn't check this out well and thought it was going to be writings of Ruch Reichle. Instead it is writings of several food editors, critics and correspondents about their experiences in Paris related to food.
I must say it is strange to feel intimidated by just reading about famous resturants and their snobism. Oct 16, Jennifer rated it it was amazing. This was an incredibly fabulous book.
I loved reading all the many stories of writers various experiences in Paris through the decades. For someone who loves Paris, this is a must read and will make you want to go back to Paris and seek out some of the spots that are mentioned. A great book to dip into on a Grey and cold winter evening. Dream of meals that you could be making and gorgeous French men who could be escorting you into restaurants to feast on oysters and veau blanquette instead of sitting in your nightie with the cat eating soft boiled eggs.
Sep 14, Bess rated it it was ok. I'm sure it was good. I mean, how could I not love this? A food memoir about Paris? Tender at the Bone.
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