In this Hungry for Paris, I’m referring to David Lebovitz—former Chez Panisse pastry chef, as well as food lover, cookbook writer and expat living in Paris—and his latest post, “Salon de l’Agriculture,” which will have you drooling. If you are a follower of richardcyoung.com, you probably are familiar with our What I Learned in Paris posts (click on Paris tab above for our complete series) and already know that Dick and I joined David on one of his Paris/Switzerland food tours. As many times as we have visited Paris, David’s tour remains among our highlights.
David is entertaining, insightful, and funny. If you haven’t read The Sweet Life in Paris, do so. David gently mocks himself, the French, and the idiosyncrasies of an American adapting to cultural differences in Paris. Go to davidlebovitz.com to read “Salon de l’Agriculture” and to peruse his formidable site full of recipes, tips and links. C’est chouette.
Now on to Alec Lobrano’s Hungry for Paris. While on David’s gastronomy tour, we had dinner with Alec at one of Christian Constant’s unstuffy and welcoming restaurants. Alec had been Gourmet magazine’s European correspondent before it folded. Hungry for Paris is Alec’s charming, authoritative guide to his favorite restaurants in Paris and the wonderful and sometimes not-so-wonderful dining. Reading Alec is like reading a book of delightful short stories, all of which you’ll enjoy over and over. He describes the nuances of each restaurant—its history, waiters, clients, and, of course, la cuisine francaise, nailing the personality in each vignette. Alec now has a second edition to be released mid April. Dick and I consider the first to be one of our Paris restaurant bibles, and I’ve already preordered from Amazon the second edition for Kindle delivery April 15. If it’s anything like his first Hungry for Paris, we’re all in for a treat.