One of the most exquisite ways to explore a country is through its cuisine. Certainly whenever WIJW plans to travel, we put quite a bit of effort into discovering those restaurants with a rich history, beautiful decoration, and of course, the finest cuisine—which leads us to the most beautiful new book, A Gourmet Tour of France: Legendary Restaurants from Paris to the Cote d’Azur.
To say the least, Gilles Pudlowski’s book (along with delicious photographs by Maurice Rougemont) has been hugely helpful in the planning stage for our upcoming October trip to Paris—would it be too vulgar to say we are nearly salivating in anticipation?We were particularly pleased to read a chapter entitled, “The Artist” featuring Chef Alain Passard. Last year, as you may recall, we dined at his iconic restaurant L’Arpege and went on quite a bit about the sublime experience here on WIJW. If you missed our review, see it here. In any case each chapter of this glorious tour of culinary France focuses on a single legendary restaurant, and we’re planning to visit a handful of them, including Le Pre Catelan, Le Grand Vefour, Traillevent, Lasserre, and Ledoyen.
Of course, even if you’re not planning to visit France soon, A Gourmet Tour of France: Legendary Restaurants from Paris to the Cote d’Azur is the perfect vicarious adventure for any gourmand—there are even a couple of recipes from the masters included to complete the fantasy!