Our Letter from Paris columnist, Alexander Lobrano, is the author of Hungry for Paris: The Ultimate Guide to the City’s 102 Best Restaurants It’s just been released in a new, updated edtion by Random House.
This indispensable (and companionable) book may be focused on the best Paris restaurants, but it’s also a detailed look at daily Parisian life. Written with humor and intelligence, these are more than restaurant reviews — they’re expertly drawn vignettes. I can hear the echoes of Patricia Wells here, along with A.J. Liebling and M.F.K. Fisher, good company indeed. It’s pitch perfect and delightfully conversational.
As Alec himself says, “In this revision, I’ve stayed true to my original intention in writing this book, which is to offer a very tightly edited, rigorously tested and absolutely delicious selection of those restaurants that I think both Parisians and visitors to the city will enjoy the most. These range from traditional bistros to haute cuisine places, and, in the new edition, several recent contemporary French bistros that are truly excellent. ”
The verdict: it’s the only book you’ll need for your next gastronomic excursion to Paris.