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Anyone have an opinion on Patricia Wells' "Food Lovers' Guide to Paris" now available in an iOS 7 appS

My S-I-L wrote suggesting I look into this app for my iPhone http://www.foodloversparis.com/.

Any opinions?

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  1. I just read it while standing up in a bookstore. No much new; just the usual regurgitation of the most popular restaurants, pastry shops, tea salons that is common knowledge. Her first edition back in 1984 was useful then but now with all the blogs, numerous other guides, boards such as this, it is just ho hum, unless you are big fan of hers.

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    1. re: PBSF

      Complete agree. No particular contribution of info there.

    2. The French-English food Glossary is worth the price alone.
      And theer are some interesting recipes.

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      1. re: UPDoc

        Hope the mistakes were corrected in the meantime.

      2. The lady has impeccable taste;
        Her books are a godsend.

        1. Not sure about this edition but when I browsed a previous one I thought "wow, so many has-beens !" (a less vulgar rough translation). In a restaurant scene as dynamic and ever changing as Paris, not a good thing. But her glossary of food terms is probably indispensable for most tourists.

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          1. re: Parnassien

            "when I browsed a previous one I thought "wow, so many has-beens !" "
            Well put. She always seems to be 18 months late to a new restaurant or a new food trend. In another city, it may not be so important. For a city like Paris or Barcelona, sort of self-defeating.
            Yes, the glossary can be useful for visitors.
            The recipes are not particularly imaginative or good.

          2. I think your perception of this - and her previous work - depends on how well you know Paris before opening the book. I certainly found her earlier works very valuable for my every-few-years visits. Have the new one, print, not in an e-book, a format I don't find really useful for guidebooks. maybe that's just because I haven't completely mastered my reader but I'd rather throw a book (or part of one) in my bag and pull it out when needed. YMMV, of course, but I think she still knows her stuff.

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            1. re: lemons

              "I think your perception of this - and her previous work - depends on how well you know Paris before opening the book."

              Precisely.

              1. re: Ptipois

                And I agree as well, I don't use her restaurant guide anymore at all, but I do think that the glossary is useful for people who don't speak French (or even for those who do), as smaller, pocket dictionaries often don't have translations for obscure ingredients, etc. And I liked a few of the recipes in Bistro Cooking.