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Patricia Wells

Bestselling author of THE FOOD LOVER’S GUIDE TO PARIS

On the 30th anniversary of the bestselling guide that “cracked the code” to eating in Paris and made it accessible to Americans, Patricia Wells has created a 5th edition of THE FOOD LOVER’S GUIDE TO PARIS. With almost 200,000 copies in print, it has been completely rewritten and re-photographed with 450 entries, 345 of which are new, and 40 recipes that she persuaded some of her favorite chefs to contribute. “No one knows the Paris food scene better than Patricia Wells!” says Ina Garten, author of the Barefoot Contessa cookbooks. The New York Times said of this new edition, “For an American visiting Paris and intending to explore the food scene, there is no better guide than Patricia Wells.”

So what’s new since the last edition in 1999? Always the elegant and cosmopolitan City of Light, Paris has become increasingly casual, Patricia says. Haute cuisine continues to be exceptional, but bistros and “casual bites” have proliferated. The increase in Japanese chefs is notable, as is a new group of energetic young cooks who are expanding into up-and-coming Paris neighborhoods like the 9th arrondissement. Parisians have embraced organic food, as reflected in the markets, wine shops, and cafés. And there’s THE FOOD LOVER’S GUIDE TO PARIS a new app for the iPhone which offers all the information you need on each entry, plus maps.

Patricia Wells is an American-born journalist, author and cooking school teacher who has lived in France since 1980. She was an art critic for The Washington Post and a food writer at The New York Times before becoming the International Herald Tribune’s global restaurant critic for over 25 years. She is a four-time James Beard Award winner whose other books include Bistro Cooking, The Paris Cookbook, and The French Kitchen Cookbook. She lives with her husband, Walter, in Paris and Provence, where her weeklong cooking classes are routinely sold out. She comes to the U.S. several times a year for speaking engagements and family visits.

Speaking Topics

  • THE FOOD LOVER’S GUIDE TO PARIS: Unforgettable Restaurants, Cafes, Markets, Food and Wine Shops, and Boutiques for the Home
  • The Latest Word on Eating in Paris: Everything Worth a Food Lover’s Time and Money Right Now
  • Demystifying Dining in Paris: What You Need to Know Before You Go

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