Book Review: Clotilde's Edible Adventures in Paris

We have been big fans of Clotilde Dusoulier's weblog Chocolate & Zucchini for a long time. We have made her Melt in Your Mouth Chocolate Cake many times, and we enjoy her friendly and approachable writing style very much.

Well, if you like Clotilde's voice and wish you could have her next to you next time you visit Paris, your wish has been granted. Enter Clotilde's new book - released just today: Clotilde's Edible Adventures in Paris. Our thoughts on this little book below.

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This is a beautiful and charming little guidebook to Paris and its wealth of restaurants and food shops. Clotilde's voice comes through clearly and engagingly, guiding through Paris in her friendly manner. It's also well-produced, with sections of glossy photos, and many black and white photos sprinkled in the pages.

The book is split into two sections: Eats and Shops. Eats organizes the restaurants of the city by arondissement, and Shops is a guide through the food of the city by category. There are entries for wine shops, bookstores, patisseries, and more.

We enjoyed the small looks inside Paris food culture too. We learned how to hold a knife and fork Parisian-style, why most French wine bars also serve food, how to approach dining solo in Paris, and all about the reliable daily newspapers with good restaurant reviews. And did you know that there are over 80 greenmarkets in Paris?

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This book is worth a look just for its snapshots of life in Paris and the culture there. There are even a few recipes! But it's also the perfect small yet comfortable size to slip inside your bag next time you visit Paris. We can hardly wait.

Highly recommended - wonderful job, Clotilde!

Clotilde's Edible Adventures in Paris, $12.21 at Amazon

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.