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Local Eats Paris: A Traveler’s Guide by Natasha McGuinness, Anne Bentley (Illustrator)

Local Eats ParisLocal Eats Paris: A Traveler’s Guide

by Natasha McGuinness, Anne Bentley (Illustrator)

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Local Eats Paris is the perfect traveling companion for those exploring the City of Lights and those simply delighted by all things French. The fabulous food found in the patisseries, bistros, fromageries, marches, cafes and more are described in delectable detail and accompanied by charming illustrations. A handy guide to ordering, a description of favorite French cheeses, perfect picnic food pairings, and a what’s what of market food can all be found in this lovely guide to Parisian gastronomy. The small format makes it the perfect guidebook to tuck into purse or backpack.

After writing Local Eats London: Bangers & Mash, Pasties, Jaffa Cake and other London Favorites, Natasha McGuinness hopped on a train and travelled through the Chunnel to turn her attention to Paris. After submersing herself in the gastronomy found in patisseries, boulangeries, bistros, marchés, fromageries and everything in between, she put together the perfect foodie dictionary to the cuisine found in the City of Lights. Now back in the United States, she lives in Los Angeles where she is working on her masters degree at the University of Southern California while plotting her next trip overseas.

Anne Bentley is an artist and illustrator based in Northern California. She creates wall art, hand-made cards, logo design, store signage and illustrations for boxed notecard sets, all while juggling paintbrushes, kids and dogs. The two dishes she always seeks out first when visiting Paris are duck confit and the perfect falafel found in her favorite neighborhood, Le Marais.

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A Paris Year: My Day-to-Day Adventures in the Most Romantic City in the World

A Paris YearA Paris Year: My Day-to-Day Adventures in the Most Romantic City in the World

by Janice MacLeod

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Part memoir and part visual journey through the streets of modern-day Paris, France, A Paris Year chronicles, day by day, one woman’s French sojourn in the world’s most beautiful city. Beginning on her first day in Paris, Janice MacLeod, the author of the best-selling book, Paris Letters, began a journal recording in illustrations and words, nearly every sight, smell, taste, and thought she experienced in the City of Light. The end result is more than a diary: it’s a detailed and colorful love letter to one of the most romantic and historically rich cities on earth. Combining personal observations and anecdotes with stories and facts about famous figures in Parisian history, this visual tale of discovery, through the eyes of an artist, is sure to delight, inspire, and charm.

JANICE MACLEOD, the illustrator and author of the New York Times best-selling book Paris Letters, was born in Canada and worked in advertising for many years until she decided to slip away from corporate drudgery and spend time abroad. During her time in Paris, she painted letters about her travels and mailed them to friends, who encouraged her to sell the personalized illustrated letters on Etsy. Since then, MacLeod has sent out thousands of letters to fans worldwide.

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Paris in Bloom

Paris In BloomParis in Bloom

by Georgina Lane

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Paris–City of Love, City of Light, City of Flowers. From elegant floral boutiques to lively flower markets to glorious blooming trees and expansive public gardens, flowers are the essential ingredient to the lush sensory bouquet that is Parisian life. With beautiful photography, Paris in Bloom transports readers on a stunning floral tour of the city, and provides recommendations to the best flower markets and a detailed guide to spring blooms. Timeless in content, Paris in Bloom is a book for Paris lovers to savor again and again, one to keep on the nightstand to conjure fond memories of their first visit and inspire dreams of the next.

Paris in Bloom detail 1Paris in Bloom brilliantly captures the splendor of French fleurs with lush photographs and elegant prose, providing beauty and inspiration in every page. The book is a triumph of artistic achievement and practical information, blending visual floral poetry with a comprehensive field guide to discovering the plants, flowers and artists who create inspiring floral designs, capturing both the essential elixir and elusive magic of Parisian life for all of us to savor and enjoy. A masterpiece!-
–Laura Dowling -former Chief Floral Designer at the White House and author of Floral Diplomacy at the White House –

Paris in Bloom Detail 2Georgianna Lane is a Seattle-based floral and travel photographer whose work has been published internationally in books, magazines, calendars, and greeting cards. In addition to partnerships with the top stationery and gift publishers, including American Greetings, Papyrus, Graphique de France, and others, her work has been featured on leading design sites including Design*Sponge and Decor8.Paris in Bloom detail 3

 

 

 

 

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Flaneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London

FlaneuseFlaneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London

by Lauren Elkin

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The flâneur is the quintessentially masculine figure of privilege and leisure who strides the capitals of the world with abandon. But it is the flâneuse who captures the imagination of the cultural critic Lauren Elkin. In her wonderfully gender-bending new book, the flâneuse is a “determined, resourceful individual keenly attuned to the creative potential of the city and the liberating possibilities of a good walk.” Virginia Woolf called it “street haunting”; Holly Golightly epitomized it in Breakfast at Tiffany’s; and Patti Smith did it in her own inimitable style in 1970s New York.

Part cultural meander, part memoir, Flâneuse takes us on a distinctly cosmopolitan jaunt that begins in New York, where Elkin grew up, and transports us to Paris via Venice, Tokyo, and London, all cities in which she’s lived. We are shown the paths beaten by such flâneuses as the cross-dressing nineteenth-century novelist George Sand, the Parisian artist Sophie Calle, the wartime correspondent Martha Gellhorn, and the writer Jean Rhys. With tenacity and insight, Elkin creates a mosaic of what urban settings have meant to women, charting through literature, art, history, and film the sometimes exhilarating, sometimes fraught relationship that women have with the metropolis.

Called “deliciously spiky and seditious” by The Guardian, Flâneuse will inspire you to light out for the great cities yourself.

“Deliciously spiky and seditious, [Elkin] takes her readers on a rich, intelligent and lively meander through cultural history, biography, literary criticism, urban topography and memoir . . . I defy anyone to read this celebratory study and not feel inspired to take to the streets in one way or another.” –Lucy Scholes, The Observer (London)

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The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue Des Martyrs

The only Street in ParisThe Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue Des Martyrs by Elaine Sciolino

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Elaine Sciolino, the former Paris Bureau Chief of the New York Times, invites us on a tour of her favorite Parisian street, offering an homage to street life and the pleasures of Parisian living. I can never be sad on the rue des Martyrs, Sciolino explains, as she celebrates the neighborhood s rich history and vibrant lives. While many cities suffer from the leveling effects of globalization, the rue des Martyrs maintains its distinct allure. On this street, the patron saint of France was beheaded and the Jesuits took their first vows. It was here that Edgar Degas and Pierre-Auguste Renoir painted circus acrobats, Emile Zola situated a lesbian dinner club in his novel Nana, and Francois Truffaut filmed scenes from The 400 Blows. Sciolino reveals the charms and idiosyncrasies of this street and its longtime residents the Tunisian greengrocer, the husband-and-wife cheesemongers, the showman who s been running a transvestite cabaret for more than half a century, the owner of a 100-year-old bookstore, the woman who repairs eighteenth-century mercury barometers bringing Paris alive in all of its unique majesty. The Only Street in Paris will make readers hungry for Paris, for cheese and wine, and for the kind of street life that is all too quickly disappearing.”

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In & Out of Paris: Gardens of Secret Delights

In & Out of ParisIn & Out of Paris: Gardens of Secret Delights by Zahid Sardar, photographs by Marion Brenner.

When French queen Catherine de Medici created the Tuileries Palace and Garden outside Paris’s medieval walls, she began the unprecedented expansion and greening of one of the world’s great cities. Now Paris’s extraordinary public parks are rivaled only by secret courtyard gardens behind inscrutable nineteenth-century facades and miniature orchards of delight on hidden roof terraces.

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In the early 1990s, Pierre Bergé (Yves Saint Laurent’s longtime partner) enlisted Louis Benech and Pascal Cribier to design a garden in the charming east-facing triangular outdoor space tucked behind his home on rue Bonaparte in Paris. The striped awning protects a gravel dining terrace dining, which is lined with a collection of terra-cotta pots filled with bulbs and perennials.

Among the more than 40 great and small projects within In & Out of Paris are fresh garden concepts in the city’s environs such as Meudon, Vaux-le-Vicomte, Versailles, Courances, and Mery-sur-Oise, which are otherwise all bastions of classic Andre Le Notre-style French gardens.

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For a top-floor apartment in the 16th arrondissement, landscape gardener Camille Muller clad an existing steel staircase leading from a terrace to the rooftop garden in patinaed zinc panels, complementing multihued plantings that rise up the side of the building.

Also discover the Paris gardens of celebrated artist Jean-Michel Othoniel and art aficionado Pierre Berge, fashion designer Kenzo Takada’s authentic Japanese retreat in the Bastille, Australian couturier Martin Grant’s very tiny terrace in the Marais, visionary Mexican painter MariCarmen Hernandez’s Montmartre rooftop, American architect Michael Herrman’s perfect homage to Le Corbusier’s Champs-Elysees garden for bon vivant Charles de Beistegui, and the mur vegetals inside botanist Patrick Blanc’s living room. In & Out of Paris showcases top modern masters Louis Benech, Gilles Clement, Pascal Cribier, Christian Fournet, Camille Muller, Hugues Peuvergne, and Pierre-Alexandre Risser, who represent a new era of experiments, color, Zahid Sardar / Photographs by Marion Brenner and asymmetry in the Paris garden.

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The moated gardens of Château de Courances, a 17th-century estate near the Fontainebleau forest south of Paris, offer examples of hundreds of years of French garden styles. Here, an exquisitely trained hedge acts as a gateway to the Anglo-Japanese garden designed by Berthe de Ganay and Kitty Lloyd Jones in the 1920s.

Zahid Sardar is a San Francisco-based editor, writer and curator specializing in architecture, interiors, gardens and design. His work has appeared in the magazines Dwell, Interiors, Interior Design, House & Garden, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Form and Landscape Architecture, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He has lectured widely in the United States, taught design history at the California College of the Arts and has written several other design books, including West Coast Modern and New Garden Design..

Marion Brenner’s photographs have appeared in numerous

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A bathtub enclosed in glass is the focal point of a 300-square-foot garden designed by Hugues Peuvergne on the roof of six-story building near Place de Mexico. Red lava rocks were arranged to resemble a dry riverbed, and sparse plantings, including a slow-growing cypress tree, were placed to evoke an arid climate.

magazines, including Landscape Architecture, Gardens Illustrated, Martha Stewart Living and Garden Design, and can be found in the photography collections of UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Berkeley Art Museum. Books featuring her work include Andrea Cochran: Landscapes, Olin: Placemaking and Living Land, as well as New Garden Design. She lives and gardens in Berkeley, California.

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6 books to understand Paris and her history

To understand a place, one needs to understand where it comes from, its influences, its passions, its sorrows, its history. For over two thousand years man has left his mark on this place we call Paris.

You can’t escape the past in Paris, and yet what’s so wonderful about it is that the past and present intermingle so intangibly that it doesn’t seem to burden. –Allen Ginsberg

Here are 6 books worth a look at to better understand the city of lights.

Paris - The Biography of a cityParis: The Biography of a City by Colin Jones

From the Roman Emperor Julian, who waxed rhapsodic about Parisian wine and figs, to Henry Miller, who relished its seductive bohemia, Paris has been a perennial source of fascination for 2,000 years. In this definitive and illuminating history, Colin Jones walks us through the city that was a plague-infested charnel house during the Middle Ages, the bloody epicenter of the French Revolution, the muse of nineteenth-century Impressionist painters, and much more. Jones’s masterful narrative is enhanced by numerous photographs and feature boxes–on the Bastille or Josephine Baker, for instance–that complete a colorful and comprehensive portrait of a place that has endured Vikings, Black Death, and the Nazis to emerge as the heart of a resurgent Europe. This is a thrilling companion for history buffs and backpack, or armchair, travelers alike.

When paris Went DarkWhen Paris Went Dark: The City of Light Under German Occupation, 1940-1944 by Ronald Rossbottom

WHEN PARIS WENT DARK evokes with stunning precision the detail of daily life in a city under occupation, and the brave people who fought against the darkness. Relying on a range of resources–memoirs, diaries, letters, archives, interviews, personal histories, flyers and posters, fiction, photographs, film and historical studies–Rosbottom has forged a groundbreaking book that will forever influence how we understand those dark years in the City of Light.

Paris to the PastParis to the Past: Traveling Through French History by Train by Ina Caro

In one of the most inventive travel books in years, Ina Caro invites readers on twenty-five one-day train trips that depart from Paris and transport us back through seven hundred years of French history. Whether taking us to Orleans to evoke the visions of Joan of Arc or to the Place de la Concorde to witness the beheading of Marie Antoinette, Caro animates history with her lush descriptions of architectural splendors and tales of court intrigue.

MetronomeMetronome: A History of Paris from the Underground Up by Lorant Deutsch

A phenomenal bestseller in France, Metronome presents a fascinating history of Paris through the lens of the city’s iconic Metro system.
Did you know that the last Gallic warriors massacred by the Romans lie beneath the Eiffel Tower? That the remains of Paris’s first cathedral are under a parking lot in the Fifth District? Metronome follows Lorant Deutsch, historian and lifelong Francophile, as he goes on a compelling journey through the ages, treating readers to Paris as they’ve never seen it before. Using twenty-one stops of the subway system as focal points–one per century–Deutsch shows, from the underground up, the unique, often violent, and always striking events that shaped one of the world’s most romanticized city. Readers will find out which streets are hiding incredible historical treasures in plain sight; peer into forgotten nooks and crannies of the City of Lights and learn what used to be there; and discover that, however deeply buried, something always remains.

The Invention of ParisThe Invention of Paris: A History in Footsteps by Eric Hazan

The Invention of Paris is a tour through the streets and history of the French capital under the guidance of Parisian author and publisher Eric Hazan. Hazan reveals a city whose squares echo with the riots, rebellions and revolutions of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Combining the raconteur’s ear for a story with a historian’s command of the facts, he introduces an incomparable cast of characters: the literati, the philosophers and the artists–Balzac, Baudelaire, Blanqui, Flaubert, Hugo, Maney, and Proust, of course; but also Doisneau, Nerval and Rousseau. It is a Paris dyed a deep red in its convictions. It is haunted and vitalized by the history of the barricades, which Hazan retells in rich detail.

ParisiansParisians: An Adventure History of Paris by Robb Graham

This is the Paris you never knew. From the Revolution to the present, Graham Robb has distilled a series of astonishing true narratives, all stranger than fiction, of the lives of the great, the near-great, and the forgotten. A young artillery lieutenant, strolling through the Palais-Royal, observes disapprovingly the courtesans plying their trade. A particular woman catches his eye; nature takes its course. Later that night Napoleon Bonaparte writes a meticulous account of his first sexual encounter. A well-dressed woman, fleeing the Louvre, takes a wrong turn and loses her way in the nameless streets of the Left Bank. For want of a map–there were no reliable ones at the time–Marie-Antoinette will go to the guillotine. Baudelaire, the photographer Marville, Baron Haussmann, the real-life Mimi of La Boheme, Proust, Adolf Hitler touring the occupied capital in the company of his generals, Charles de Gaulle (who is suspected of having faked an assassination attempt in Notre Dame)–these and many more are Robb’s cast of characters, and the settings range from the quarries and catacombs beneath the streets to the grand monuments to the appalling suburbs ringing the city today. The result is a resonant, intimate history with the power of a great novel.

Secret Paris (4TH ed.)

Secret ParisSecret Paris by Jacques Garance & Maud Ratton

A priest who blesses animals, winemaking firefighters, a tree in a church, an inverted phallus at a well-known entrance, an atomic bomb shelter under Gare de l Est, a real Breton lighthouse near Montparnasse, unsuspected traces of former brothels, a patron saint of motorists, royal monograms hidden in the Louvre courtyard, the presentation of Christ s crown of thorns, a prehistoric merry-go- round, a sundial designed by Dali, war-wounded palm trees, bullet holes at the ministry, religious plants in a priest s garden, a mysterious monument to Freemasonry at the Champ-de-Mars, a solid gold sphere in parliament, a Chinese temple in a parking lot, the effect of the Bievre river on Parisian geography, a blockhouse in the Bois de Boulogne.  For those who thought they knew Paris well, the city is still teeming with unusual and secret places that are easily accessible.