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The Food Lover’s Guide to Paris: Tempting!

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When is the last time you read a food guide in one sitting?

The Food Lovers’s Guide to Paris is the first food book I ever read cover to cover in one day. I can personally recommend it and say, “delightfully delicious”.  You are introduced to the book with a casual overview of then and now and reassured that French cuisine is here to stay.

The guide is simply laid out and begins with a map and arrondissement locations of places mentioned in the guide. In the “How-to-Guide” section Helen Massy-Beresford gives essential courtesy tips. She then shows you to your table of dining or specialty shop pleasures with dashes of storied descriptions and delightful, colourful, inviting photos.

Every arrondissement will have some special categories such as the “Pure Paris” section, which are some her favourite. “Best Bistrot” takes you to the ardoise (blackboard) classics and “bistronomy”. With the “Al Fresco” section you are outside of the café or bistrot for people watching. “Going Green” brings the “health-eating trends” to your table in what used to be a “niche movement” (i.e., gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian). “Pop-up Paris” covers the inventive and unusual restaurants. “Café culture” still exists in Paris but has expanded into coffee and beer dégustation (tastings) and variety. “Do it Yourself” puts you on the scene to choose from cheese shops, city markets and stores to prepare for that picnic. “Perfect patisseries” invites you to browse for bakeries and desserts.”Cosmopolitan Paris” opens doors not only to Paris regional cuisines but also global cuisine that immigrants have brought to Paris.

With about 18,000 restaurants in Paris, Helen who has lived in Paris since 2007, provides new alternatives and a few classics. Her descriptions are engagingly written and personal. Her non-allergic and specialty food styles are blended together for easy, smooth and tempting reading.

I can highly recommend the Food Lover’s Guide to Paris as a practical addition to your travel packing, whether real or virtual.

à bientôt, Colleen signature

This Web site and and its blog articles are for travelers to Paris who are looking for advice from someone who lives in Paris. These tips are "for Parisians at heart". Many people would like to visit, some can and some cannot - so I will help you enjoy a glimpse of the city and its surroundings. This project has been ongoing since 2002. Prior to living in Paris (since 1992) my European history a few decades ago with three years in Wiesbaden, Germany. My next foray onto the Continent was after graduation from the University of Florida (where I met Erik): traveling around Europe and UK with my friend, Margie, hitchhiking around and working in Ireland. After living and working as a journalist in Sweden for four years, traveling on boats, the Trans-Siberian Railway, local trains and planes took Erik and I around the world. In 1990 for American Airlines I began working as a flight attendant, based in Chicago. We moved to Paris, France in 1992 where I commuted between Paris and Chicago for my flight attendant/stewardess job. Finally my inner voice said "Stop!" and I left American Airlines after 20 years. Now that is over and I am back working as a journalist and photographer full time on - My videos are posted on YouTube on the colleensparis youtube channel and I am active in Toastmasters. Enjoy!