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Buying your books in Paris
If you decide to buy when you arrive, Paris has 14 English language bookstores. I will
soon have that list for
Though some of these books may only be available in French, the basic
information (ratings on hotels, addresses, maps, restaurant opening times, etc. and such information)
French bookstores: FNAC or Virgin Megastore are two examples
of the large bookstore in Paris. Otherwise,
W.H.Smith, Brentano's and
Galignani (all located on rue de Rivoli) are the largest Paris bookstores.
Seven Ages of Paris
This is a great book on the history of Paris
-- reads like a novel -- hits the highlights from the beginning to about
1969. Although there are details, it flows like the Seine.
The Seven Ages of Paris is an abridged
cultural, architectural and personality history, which makes it quite
interesting. It is a pleasure to pick up and read and put down, but you
cannot wait to get back to it again.
Paris was not always a city of light. On the
contrary, it was quite sludgy, muddy, foul-smelling, and a real den of
thieves. So where did the light come from? Individual lanterns gave way to
groups of candles in a lantern (6,500 lamps had to be lit every night) to
oil and then to
under Louis Napoleon and Haussmann.
Most of the kings and emperors put their mark
on its architecture, either with new designs or modifying what someone had
done before: Henry IV's red brick at Place Dauphine and Place des Vosges to
the variety of ecclesiastical styles and ornate opera under Louis Napoléon
(who also carried out many of his uncle's building plans).
"This well established guidebook was
originally published in 1974, and was the first guidebook ever to use
the title 'Access' referring to access by disabled people. Later
editions were published in 1985, 1993 and 2008.
includes updated information and is available as a book or can be
downloaded in PDF format
from the website from June 2008." Contact
Updated daily, their website features:
-Expert travel advice - with classic and unusual destinations, best hotels
and restaurants, and not-to-be-missed events
-Insider’s information on French culture: art scene, politics, interviews of
-The best of French life and Style: exclusives on fashion and trends, top
chef recipes, wine reviews, and much more..
Wine tasting guides
Hugh Johnson's pocket guide and Atlas have been our bibles when traveling
the French wine country by car.
The Atlas can be a bit cumbersome if you are traveling by any other means.
It is about 350 pages of history, how to make and store, and covers the
world (literally) of wine!
The pocket guide is quite handy by its size and is a handy reference while
traveling of wineries and a glossary of grape types, and food and wine
Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2010: 33rd Edition
"Hugh Johnson has won a legion of fans with his keen ability to make the
sometimes complex topic of wine wonderfully lucid—and every year, his
popular pocket guide is a bestseller. That makes it number one in the
market. Here, in it’s 30th anniversary year, he has completely revised and
updated this classic, offering more current news than ever on over 6,000
wines, growers, and regions, along with up-to-the-minute vintage
information, recommended wines (including budget options), and star ratings.
With this book in hand, wine lovers won’t need anything else to help them
select anything from a bottle for an everyday dinner to a prestige vintage
for investment. A new section showcases Johnson’s special, personal choices,
and there are plenty of quick-reference maps, charts, and fact boxes for a
little extra guidance."
--Amazon Editorial Review
World Atlas of Wine
is something of a dream-team production. The
names Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson alone recommend any book on which
they appear. The fifth edition (in 30 years) of this astonishingly
successful book lives up to, and surpasses, its predecessors. In 350 densely
packed but never clotted pages the authors manage the extraordinary feat of
characterizing wine production throughout the world, from Vancouver Island
to Japan--Buddhists first planted vines in that inhospitably precipitous,
monsoon-lashed land over a 1,000 years ago. After a substantial introductory
section dealing with the history of wine, its making, storage, and
enjoyment, we're off. Starting with (where else?) France and Burgundy, each
wine area is summarized in terms of its geography, climate, and preferred
vines and the appellations, laws, and traditions that govern production. The
discussion of Pomerol, for example, tells you a great deal in one short
page. Even since 1994, when the fourth edition came out, vast changes have
swept the wine world, and many parts of the atlas have been correspondingly
completely reworked. South America, Canada, Southern France, Italy, Greece,
Eastern Europe, and the Eastern Mediterranean are among the areas that have
benefited. The regional maps that form the core of the book are a triumph of
clarity. The whole production constitutes a brilliant achievement of
organization and synthesis, forming an indispensable resource for any wine
lover at all interested in where the wine they drink comes from and why it
tastes the way it does." --Robin Davidson, Amazon.co.uk
French Wine (EYEWITNESS COMPANION GUIDES)
"Learn to fully enjoy and appreciate fine French wines as this stunning
companion guide brings each one to life!
Perfect for any wine-lover, this definitive visual guide to French wine
features fully revised and updated information on over 200 appellations and
vintages. Find everything you need, from regional information and driving
tours to food pairings and how different wines are made.
This lavishly illustrated portable guide includes maps, recommended
producers, and regional resources - it's an essential armchair companion for
those who want to know what’s what in the world of wine!"--Publisher Dorling
Oz Clarke's Introducing Wine: A Complete Guide for the Modern Wine Drinker
Oz Clarke's New Wine Atlas: Wines and Wine Regions of the World
Oz Clarke's Pocket Wine Guide 2010 (Oz Clarke's Pocket Wine Guides)
Pudlo Paris 2007-2008: A Restaurant Guide
This is the most recent edition available in English.
If you want a definitive guide to Paris restaurants, you
might try this one.
France has a tradition of placing decals on the front windows
of restaurants or signs to designate quality in either hotels or
In the past, this book has only been available in French.
Gilles Pudlowski is the restaurant critic and journalist for
the French weekly magazine, Le Point; a contributor to Saveur and Bon Voyage
magazines; cultural commentator and critic; a historian of French regional
...Le Pudlo Paris is a guide to
restaurants, gourmet shops, cafés, and bars.
...Organized by arrondissement, the guide lists and
describes almost 1,000 restaurants, starting with the Grands Tables—the
paragons of the capital’s culinary scene—followed by literate and
illuminating descriptions of hundreds of the most attractive and appealing
restaurants in each neighborhood of Paris.
...Each arrondissement includes a listing of
specialty gourmet shops, by type, selling: Bread and Baked Goods; Pastries;
Wine; Tea; Coffee; Candy & Sweets; Chocolate; Cheese; Charcuterie; Ice
Cream; Prepared Foods; Fine Groceries; Regional Products; Ice Cream; Fresh
Fruit and Vegetables; Cutlery; Tabletop Items—almost 300 in all....Little
Soupes du Jour
Anne-Catherin Bley is the owner and soup maker from le Bar à Soupes
33 rue de Charonne 75011
between rue des Taillandiers and rue Keller
Metro: Bastille or Ledru-Rollin
Served hot in the heart of winter or cold on the hottest summer day, a
well-crafted soup is always a hit with family and friends.
The 90 recipes in Soup are fun and easy, and will appeal to any home
cook. With a wide variety of ingredients, cooking methods and serving ideas,
this collection includes familiar favorites as well as recipes that offer
unexpected flavors. A lush photograph accompanies each recipe.
Served with noodles or croutons, filled with whole vegetable pieces or
blended to a smooth cream, Soup has something for every palate -- and
The 90 recipes include:
Tomato veloute with fresh coriander
Pea soup with mint
Corn and red pepper chowder
Bouillon with potato quenelles
Melon and mango soup.
According to David Rosenberg's publisher:
Since its creation in the middle of the nineteenth century, Christofle has
always been the hallmark of a refined lifestyle. Furthermore, the
innovations it triggered over the years have revolutionized the style,
techniques, production and distribution methods of the silversmith’s craft
and the decorative arts. An ardent observer of changing fashions and
customs, the brand integrated into its works great artistic trends, such as
Japonism and Art Nouveau, while associating with famous artists -Man Ray,
Cocteau, Arman- and current designers, including Martin Szekely and Andrée
Today, as in the past, whether it be at the table of Parisian emperors,
princes and maharajahs, or families of lesser fame and fortune; whether in
the palaces of Paris, London, New York, Cairo and Alexandria, on board the
Orient Express, the Trans-Siberian Railway or transatlantic liners, guests
continue to be served and honored with Christofle luxury items.
Excellent map book, compact size (blue cover), detailed and practical, easy
Editions L' Indispensable, 16-18 rue de l' Amiral Mouchez, 75014, Paris
Buy this guide when you come to Paris for about 6 euros
French Cheese (Eyewitness Companions)
DK Publishing --
DK Eyewitness Companions
the wide varieties of cheeses found in France, this highly informative reference
provides essential information on each type of cheese, as well as advice as what
wince to drink as accompaniment and the history of each flavor.
fact-boxes give size, weight, style and maturation time for each cheese
Maps locate the area
of production for each cheese
Suitable for both
the novice and the connoisseur" --DK USA website
Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light
David Downie's books
"...For nearly twenty years
David Downie been turning Paris upside down and inside out hunting for
the city's soul, and the thirty essays of Paris, Paris: Journey into
the City of Light are part of his catch..."
If you are interested in
essays, observation, and history that slides in as smoothly as you read
those essays, this book and its photographs is for you. The writing will
draw you in.
For a sneak peak, visit the
website where you will find the table of contents and a chance to
read book portions.
Food Wine Burgundy (The Terroir Guides)
Garnier, National Opera of Paris
7 euros (you
can buy this at the Opéra Garnier gift shop).
I found my at
the Hotel Sully bookstore on rue Saint-Antoine (4th).
diagrams, history, details of your visit, architecture, all of the
marbles within the building, and more.
It is a
Best Buys and Bargains in Paris: (Yes, they do exist!)
Jeanne Feldman passes on her
knowledge about a wide range of shopping possibilities from bookstores to
chocolate, clothing new and used, department stores, souvenirs,
Jeanne has lived in Paris since
1991 (one year more than me!) and her personal shopping tours as well as
this book could prove quite useful.
"Packed with insider
information, Best Buys and Bargains in Paris shows you where to buy the
best for less. Author Jeanne Feldman, who lives in Paris year-round, makes
shopping both fun and economical in this easy to use shopping guide."--
In Paris bookstores, Best Buys and Bargains in Paris is
available in the English Language
Bookstore, W H Smith, 248 rue de Rivoli, Métro: Concorde
In the U.S.:
Best Buys and Bargains in Paris can be
ordered at any Barnes & Noble bookstore.
In English, this book
seems to be the ideal size to carry around and with maps by the same company that
produces "Paris Pratique" my bible of Paris streets!
covers all of the tourist sites with photos of the monuments, museums and places
to visit with a short description, the history, the address, hours of operations
book has detailed maps of the neighborhood detailing the site, the closest
metro, parking places, and taxi stands. According the description, a wealth of
information, photos and maps and pocket-size.
before you leave, or buy it in Paris.
Permanent Parisians: An Illustrated Guide to the Cemeteries of Paris
by Judi Culbertson &
An illustrated guide to
the cemeteries of Paris
It is a fun reference
book; look for a used copy -- Colleen
"Permanent Parisians provides a guided
tour through the cemeteries of Paris, with lively biographical discussions and
photographs of the beautifully decadent sculptures and statuary to be found on
each itinerary. Lest you think such sights morbid, consider these words by
Balzac: "I seldom go out, but when I feel myself flagging I go and cheer myself
up in Père Lachaise ... while seeking out the dead, I see nothing but the
living." --Jhana Bach
Paperback: 230 pages
Publisher: Walker & Company (May 1996)
Unexplored Paris 2003
When in Paris look for this at
one of the 14 English language bookstores.
Walks Through Lost Paris: A Journey Into the Heart of Historic Paris
by Leonard Pitt, Alexandre Gady (Foreword)
When he discovered that the city he lived in for many years was
actually entirely rebuilt during the mid-1800s, Leonard Pitt plunged into
Paris's history and began photographing what he learned had changed.
Eventually, he led tours and gave lectures on the demolition and
reconstruction that changed the city forever. Walks Through Lost Paris
chronicles Paris's great periods of urban reconstruction through four
walking tours. With a special focus on the work of Georges-Eugene Haussmann,
this book provides a history of each site along with the motives behind the
urban redesign and the reactions of Parisians who witnessed it. Detailed
maps take you through a city whose changes were captured by photographers
and artists in each stage. Hundreds of color photos, diagrams, and
engravings splendidly survey the massive transformation that resulted in the
Paris of today.-- Amazon website
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Shoemaker & Hoard (May 28, 2006)
Le petit Lebey 2003 des bistrots parisiens
This handy, pocket-size
bistro guide lists many of the restaurants in Paris. Pick up a more recent edition at any bookstore in Paris.
They also sell a
restaurant guide. The bistrot guide is published in February every year;
the restaurant guide, every November.
"This is a meticulous selection of 351 of
the best addresses tested the month before the publication of the current
edition of the guide by Claude Lebey, known for his competence and thoroughness.
This is the only guide consecrated to modern and traditional Paris bistrots."--editor
Editions Albin Michel
Le Guide du Routard – Paris balades
This is a GREAT reference book
for walks with maps. Tiny format of 11x2x15mm
If you cannot read the French, just
follow the map lines and don't worry about the descriptions.
Some of the 23 Paris themes are:
alchemy, Egyptian, being naughty and free, criminal Paris, medieval,
Broché: 214 pages
Editeur : Hachette Tourisme;
Collection : Mini Routard
Langue : Français
Paris city guides
and Pariscope are weekly magazines are available at all Paris newsstands.
They cost between 30 and 35 euro cents.
information on theatre, museums, children's activities, cruises on Paris
For help in using
Pariscope, click on this link:
(Available at the Musée de Monmartre)
Yves Groetschel and Guy Le Halle
History and maps of
2nd edition 1995 Village Communication
12 rue Cortot, 75018 Paris
Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 06 61 11