Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Paris + Food: A Love Story

Paris. I love to read about Paris.

Food. I love to read about food.

Put them together? Blissful.

I just finished reading two wonderful Paris + Food books, Mastering the Art of French Eating: Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in Paris, and A Bite-Sized History of France: Delicious, Gastronomic Tales of Revolution, War, and Enlightenment. 

I began to wonder. How many Paris + Food books are there?

Answer? More than I thought. 

Here's the complete list of Paris + Food books I've read/I'm reading:


Crepes by Suzette (Children's Book)
Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat (Children's Book)
Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child (Children's Book)
Bon Appetit, Bertie! (Children's Book)
Madame Pamplemousse and Her Incredible Edibles (Children's Book)


Bonjour Kale: A Memoir of Paris, Love, and Recipes (Memoir)
Between Meals: An Appetite for Paris (Memoir)
Paris by Pastry: Stalking the Sweet Life on the Streets of Paris (Memoir)
The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food (Memoir)
Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes (Memoir)
The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World’s Most Glorious—-and Perplexing—-City (Memoir)
Serve It Forth (Memoir)
Immoveable Feast: A Paris Christmas (Memoir)
Mastering the Art of French Eating: Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in Paris (Memoir)
A Moveable Feast (Memoir)


The Perfect Meal: In Search of the Lost Tastes of France (Challenge)
A Meal Observed (Challenge)
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen (Challenge)


The Waitress Was New (Novel)
Vintage 1954 (Novel)
Love à la Mode (YA Fiction)


French Women Don’t Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure (Self-Help)


A Bite-Sized History of France: Delicious, Gastronomic Tales of Revolution, War, and Enlightenment (History)


The Cook's Atelier: Recipes, Techniques, and Stories from Our French Cooking School (Cookbook)
The Paris Cookbook (Cookbook)
The Little Paris Kitchen (Cookbook)
Paris Sweets (Cookbook)

I'm sure I left titles off. What should I add? 

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  1. I'm with you on Paris + food books! Thanks for the list.

  2. Wow, I never would have guessed there were so many books about food set in Paris. Neat!

    My TTT.

  3. My Life in France by Julia Child On Rue Tatin: Living and Cooking in a French Town
    by Susan Herrmann Loomis Chocolat by Joanne Harris [fiction][Not Paris, but....]

  4. Wow! That's a lot of Paris and food; it should keep you happy for quite a while.

    1. Yes, but I'm always on the lookout for more, more, more.

  5. Well, I love food but I've never been to Paris to either love it or hate it! It's on my places to visit list so one day I'll have an answer! :)

  6. You are so right — there are many many books about food in Paris. I’m fascinated that only one of your long list is actually written by a French person and translated — A BIte-Sized History of France. All the others, I believe, are by Americans or other non-French speakers of English. Last year for Paris in July I tried hard to find more books written by French authors. It’s really quite a different point of view.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  7. Gourmet Rhapsody By Muriel Barber would be another..

  8. Paris + Food + Travel - my latest book is a French couple who emigrated to Australia and started up cafes and restaurants in Melbourne.

    Lots of titles to be tempted by in this list :-)

  9. I read a few years ago a work by Muriel Barberry, author of The Elegance of The Hedgehog that fits in well here

    Gourmet Rhapsody by Muriel Barberry  as I knew I had found a book I was probably going to love.    Gourmet Rhapsody,  published in 2000 (before her marvelous The Elegance of the Hedgehog) but not translated until 2009 is about the world's leading food and restaurant critic.   He lives  in the  apartment house made famous in The Elegance of the Hedgehog.   He is on his deathbed and he is probing all his conscious memories to discover the one supreme gastronomic experience of his life.

    The story unfolds in short sections.   We hear not only from the critic but from his grown children, his long suffering but still in love wife, his grandchildren and even his cat.  All the  speakers have their own voice.    We learn why every one hates Pierre Arthens, the critic, and we do not much like him either.   We get a feel for what it would be like to be the world's most highly regarded food critic.   Most of all in the book we are drawn into Pierre's experience of foods.   His descriptive powers are awesome.   We can see why a good word from him would make
    a restaurant or an article send everyone to the market  looking for the ingredients required for a vain attempt to recreate a meal he describes.

    Here is how Pierre sees himself.   "When I took possession of the table, it was as supreme 
    monarch....I am the greatest food critic in the world".

    I will share with you a few of my favorite lines from Pierre's food descriptions.

    "Early man, in learning to cook fish, must have felt his humanity for the first time.....Meat is virile, powerful, fish is strange and cruel....The Raw Tomato,devoured in the garden when freshly picked, is a horn of abundance of simple sensations, a radiating rush  in one's mouth that bring with it every pleasure...slicing into raw fish is like cutting into stone. "     

  10. Paris and Food is like a match made in heaven and it's making my travek bug go wild thinking of all the delicious cuisines I could be eating in Paris right now.

    - Lois @ My Midnight Musing

  11. You have done a great job, compiling this list. I believe as lot of people will appreciate if!

  12. I don't know what to do with myself right now because this list (as always) is fantastic. Like, do I want to eat? Read? Travel to Paris? Eat while reading about Paris? YES? NO? (In all seriousness, I love this and I'm definitely swooning and my stomach is probably growling a bit.)


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