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Paris in a Basket: Markets - The Food and the People Hardcover – Illustrated, 1 Apr 2000

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Konemann; illustrated edition edition (1 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3829046243
  • ISBN-13: 978-3829046244
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 22.7 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,239,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Invites the reader on a novel tour of the city's more than 80 food markets and helps discover a whole new aspect of Parisian lifestyle.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Abbotts on 19 Jan. 2007
Format: Hardcover
One of the best guide books that I've ever used. This is an encyclopedic guide to Parisien markets but written in a style that is both interesting and informative. It is brilliantly indexed so that you can find a market by day or area. Each market has a write-up appropriate to its size, giving an overview of what you can expect to find by way of stalls (and often where to get a cup of coffee or snack). The book is worth buying as a good read and on the strength of its many market recipes which work brilliantly in domestic kitchens. Although published in 2007, it has not dated and remains highly relevant.
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By Swan on 1 Aug. 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great book, so useful and fun. Thank you
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By Rob Roy on 16 Jan. 2015
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A reader from Paris-France 25 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Yes,indeed Amanda & Nicolle really did it! Their superbly documented book (photos,history, recipes...)shows how much one can discover about his home town. You lover of Paris,open air markets and food do not hesitate a minute,get this book,it's pure delight! And you,who might not belong to one of the categories do likewise you will not regret it! While reading the book you have this unique feeling to be walking the streets of Paris with the authors. And you lucky traveller who might be coming through town in not to a distant future,take the book with you,go and see the places,the markets, taste the food,chat with the vendors,and you will marvel at the fact that you have been there before. Because nothing is missing in that book,the true feeling of the city,the noises,the colors and even the tastes and odors. Two thumbs up Amanda & Nicolle ! Where and when the next one ?
A fan (if you did not guess ! )
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A lovely gem of a book 3 July 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I love this book! The cover roped me right in and before I knew it I was buying it. I am so glad I did. The book is organized by arrondissement; each chapter is devoted to one of them. They tend to focus on the biggest or best market in each arrondissement but they devote paragraphs to the others. The text itself is gracefully written and yet very convivial. For each of the main markets, the authors start you out on a typical Parisian morning and gently suggest the path you might want to follow as you navigate that particular market; it is almost as though they are walking along with you. They tell you what's available at each market and what are each market's strengths and weaknesses. You will be introduced to a lot of people - the butcher at the Marché d'Aligre, the poissonier at the Richard Lenoir, the organic farmer at the Batignolles market, the interesting old fellow who hawks bath salts as he soaks his feet in green water... I feel as though I'd be able to walk up to them and say hi. There's some history mixed in there, too, so you'll get to see some nice old photos and learn about everday Parisians of the past. And of course there are the recipes. Most of them appear delicious and a few rather exotic. Many of them come from the very people that you "met" in the chapter preceding, so you know they're authentic and the human element makes you want to try the recipe all the more.
I love Paris. This book really gives you a sense of what it is like to be there - colorful, vibrant, stately, modern, classic, young, old... Paris is all of these things and more at once. I went there seven years ago and I don't think I hit a single market. This book makes me feel incredibly well-equipped; I think that without it I would feel a bit intimidated. I plan to go back and I'm gonna bring this book with me!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Perfect Christmas Gift! 31 Oct. 2000
By "meixin620" - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Beautiful photography and lively writing make this a perfect gift this holiday season (or any time) for anyone who likes to eat and loves Paris. Even for a longtime resident of the City of Lights like myself, this book brings another Paris to life, one you will want to explore again and again, in these pages and of course like the authors did themselves, bicycling through every arrodisement, leaving no quartier unvisited, no fromage untasted, no croissant unfinished! A magnificent and original hommage sure to earn its place among the classics of cuisine and travel.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Valentine for Paris 20 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Any lover of good food and great photographs will adore this book. Using over 50 Paris markets as a backdrop, recipes and pictures for wonderful cuisine bourgoise dishes are presented, as well as a plethora of historical vignettes, photographs of almost 50 cheeses, pictures of commonly encountered French seafood, and a drawing with explanation of French beef cuts, plus photos of Parisian scenes. Among the vignettes surrounding the history of Les Halles, who can forget the explanation by a turn-of-the-century father to his young daughter that all those seductive ladies lounging in the vicinity of Les Halles are "secretaries" to the local businessmen? This beautiful book is the next best thing to being in Paris on a sunny spring day with somebody you deeply love.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Love in a Basket 10 Jun. 2000
By Georgia K Basbanes - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I've just had an incredible tour of Paris. I love the city, but I never appreciated the depth of the people and their everyday life as much as when walking through the wonderful markets with the Misses Smith and Meyer. This is a total effort, not just a beautiful picture book. It is for us who appreciate the food, people and, most of all, love for each other. We get a chance to interact with people just like us. This is the stuff that gives beauty to reality.
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