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Paris Gourmet Guidebooks?

DollyDagger Jan 15, 2008 03:18 AM

Does anyone have any recommedations for excellent Paris gourmet guidebooks? (Focusing on anything from where to eat to specialist shops...)

I have already got Gourmet Paris (Emmanuel Rubin), Gourmet Shops Of Paris: An Epicurean Tour (Pierre Rival) and the Time Out Paris Eating / Drinking Guide, but I am eager to read more so that I can plan the ultimate foodie trip.

Website recommendations are also welcome, as are Parisian (but English language) food blogs.

Your help is much appreciated.

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  1. souphie RE: DollyDagger Jan 15, 2008 05:48 AM

    There's a Michelin guide which is very reliable -- not the red one or the green one, one of food shops.

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      DollyDagger RE: souphie Jan 21, 2008 04:53 AM

      I'll definitely look out for this one - though I couldn't find it on Amazon. Do you know the full name of the book?

    2. Ljubitca RE: DollyDagger Jan 15, 2008 08:49 AM

      There is also a book out there on the markets in Paris - Paris in a Basket: Markets : The Food and the People (Cookery/Food and Drink) - Nicolle Aimee Meyer; its supposed to be great - mine is on its way so I can't vouch yet.

      1. ms. clicquot RE: DollyDagger Jan 15, 2008 08:53 AM

        I found Patricia Wells' 'Food Lover's Guide to Paris' helpful on my first visit.

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          ChefJune RE: ms. clicquot Jan 15, 2008 10:40 AM

          It continues to help me, and her web site, www.patriciawells.com has great, up-to-date information.

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            DollyDagger RE: ChefJune Jan 21, 2008 05:09 AM

            This book looks wonderful - is it quite rare now? (It is quite expensive to buy on Amazon but I think it's worth it!)

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          Bob Loblaw RE: DollyDagger Jan 15, 2008 11:14 AM

          Steven (Stephen?) Kaplan has written a guide of Paris Boulangeries that I'd check out.
          Can't vouch for it, but he's a very good historian.

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            souphie RE: Bob Loblaw Jan 15, 2008 12:14 PM

            It's also quite good as a bakery guide, if not final. Actually, it is mostly useful as a list of great bakeries, while his rating inside the list focuses on the sole baguette, using a fixed set of criteria.

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            ethiopianbuffman RE: DollyDagger Jan 21, 2008 10:38 PM

            You should also check out Pudlo Paris 2007-2008, suppose to be pretty good.

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              mexivilla RE: DollyDagger Jan 22, 2008 04:51 AM

              A number of years ago I bought a Gault-Milau map of Paris that showed the location of restaurants in Paris with listing by specialty, stars, and location. This was a great help to go along with guidebooks. Does anyone know if it's still available?

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                Ljubitca RE: mexivilla Jan 22, 2008 09:23 AM

                Does the map come in the book or is it sold seperately? Because they have the prcey book on Amazon but no mention of the map.


                They say its cheaper from the French Amazon site.

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                  mexivilla RE: Ljubitca Jan 23, 2008 04:47 AM

                  The map didn't come in the book. It looks like a typical folded up road map. As I recall I bought it at a travel book store on the left bank near Quai St. Bernard.

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                Brunella RE: DollyDagger Jan 24, 2008 02:36 PM

                Patricia Wells book is sadly getting outdated but it is still the best there is in my opinion. My bible for every trip to Paris. Not so much for restaurants as many of them are closed or changed chefs or formats. But for all her other gourmet resources.

                Also Paris Boulangerie Patiserrie by Linda Dannenberg. Its got recipes in it too so if you love something from a particular shop this book might have the recipe. Dorie Greenspans book Paris Sweets, also with recipes. Both of these books are more cookbooks but they have detailed write-ups about all the shops.

                Pudlos book is useful not only for restaurant reviews but every chapter has a list of shops.

                I find the red Michelin guide for Paris extremely useful. Not the big huge red guide for France--the smaller one just for Paris. It has a small write up of all the listings for Paris, whereas the huge France book just has the listing. The Red guides only have restaurants and hotels, no gourmet shops.

                1. toitoi RE: DollyDagger Jan 25, 2008 05:24 PM

                  PUDLO PARIS 2007-2008 by Gilles Pudlowski has been translated into English for the first time with this edition. It's a thorough and knowledgeable guide to all the arrondissements.

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                    Maribel RE: DollyDagger Jan 25, 2008 07:26 PM

                    In the past I've purchased the Zagat, Bottin Gourmand, Gault-Millau, Michelin, Patricia Wells (yes, sadly, very out of date), Time Out Eating and Drinking and le Pudlo. For our needs, le Pudlo, is the very best of all. I just purchased the new English edition. Wouldn't go to Paris without it!

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                      NolaTravelers RE: DollyDagger Jan 30, 2008 09:17 AM

                      Here are some websites I've found very helpful. I then cut and paste into Word and create mini-guides: gayot.com (destination guides), wine spectator.com (requires a membership but worth it), gourmet.com (not epicurious, gourmet) and then go to their editor's blog, concierge.com. Also, it's interesting to check the travel sections of large city newspapers, not just in the U.S. but also London, etc.
                      One tip: Definitely go to Le Paul Bert in the 11th. We went with French friends last May - it's a classic bistro and worth the taxi fare - it's in a neighborhood you won't stumble across. We also love Au Bon Saint Pourcain in the 6th near St. Suplice, tiny and fun. Bon Appetit!

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                        An American Living in London RE: DollyDagger Feb 4, 2008 03:10 AM

                        Le Fooding.com is the superior website for Paris restaurants. The food critics which pick the restaurants endorsed by the site are the most prestigious restaurant critics from the top newspaper and magazines in Paris. Just look up the arrondisement and the best restaurants will come up with all pertinent information and a sample l'addition giving you an idea of the cost.

                        It has never failed in listing the best restaurants in Paris. In French but the important information is easily decipherable for non French speakers.

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