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David Downie shares "A Taste of Paris"

Our favorite francophile/expat shares an excerpt from his latest A Taste of Paris: A History of the Parisian Love Affair with Food ©2017 by David Downie and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Press.

The Only Street in Paris
Former New York Times Paris Bureau Chief Elaine Sciolino has lived in Paris since 2002, but it took her almost a decade to move to the rue des Martyrs, which she calls “the last real street in Paris, a half-mile celebration of the city in all its diversity.” Sciolino discovered the street early on as an appealing alternative to the touristy Marais. Visiting the neighborhood, located half a mile south of the Sacre-Coeur in the Ninth and Eighteenth Arrondissements, became an anticipated Sunday morning ritual. When it was time for the journalist to give in and make Paris her permanent home, she knew she could live nowhere else. In 2010 Sciolino moved into an apartment just off the rue des Martyrs.
An Interview with David Downie
In his new book A Passion for Paris David Downie embarks on an irreverent secular pilgrimage to the most romantic sites in Paris, weaving his own observations of the city's most alluring parks, atmospheric cafes and inspiring vistas with those of literary lights Victor Hugo, Georges Sand, Charles Baudelaire and other great Romantics. In this interview he answers our questions about Paris, revealing some unexpectedly romantic spots, from aisle seats to cemeteries.
  Longitude. How did your own love affair with Paris begin? Downie. In the fall of 1976, on a dark and stormy night... the affair was not love at first sight for either of us. I was 18 and bent by the weight of the world.
Lonely Planet Make My Day Guides
Introducing Lonely Planet’s new Make My Day series, comprised of city guides designed for the traveler who wants to easily create custom itineraries. With a spiral binding and flip cards, each book offers more than 2,000 possible itineraries for each day -- morning, afternoon and evening. Just flip through to plan the perfect day. The profiles of each attraction are supplemented by nearby restaurants, bars and places of interest, and each book comes with a folded city map. The first cities made available this month include Paris,
A Passion for Paris
In his new book A Passion for Paris David Downie explores why and how the City of Light is also the city of love. Weaving his own observations of Paris’ most alluring parks, atmospheric cafes and inspiring vistas with those of literary lights Victor Hugo, Georges Sand, Charles Baudelaire and other great Romantics, Downie embarks on an irreverent secular pilgrimage to the most romantic sites in Paris.
In Montmartre
Certain neighborhoods are forever linked with certain time periods and movements: Harlem with its literary renaissance in the 1920s, Haight-Ashbury with the hippie subculture in the 1960s and Montmartre with the birth of modernity in the early 1900s. In her new book, In Montmartre: Picasso, Matisse and the Birth of Modernist Art, art historian Sue Roe captures the zeitgeist of this exciting Parisian neighborhood as it witnessed the unveiling of novel art movements during its cultural zenith.
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Kindly contributed by writer and blogger Sasha Martin, who set out on a 195-week trip around the world -- without leaving her kitchen. Her culinary journey is captured in her new book Life from Scratch. Determined to cook (and eat!) a meal from every country in the world, Martin makes peace with her past through the prism of world cultures and cuisine. As she cooks, Martin writes not only about the meals but of the memories they evoke. Martin’s favorite spot is her kitchen in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but she shares how her recipes were inspired by travel and can, in turn, inspire the reader to travel beyond the kitchen to explore the origins of international cuisine.
And the Winner is...
It's that time of year again, when the international literary community bestows honors upon its favored authors. This year’s Nobel Prize for Literature went to the French writer Patrick Modiano, "for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation.” Suspended Sentences, Three Novellas. Although originally published separately, Patrick Modiano's three novellas (Afterimage, Suspended Sentences and Flowers of Ruin) form a single, compelling whole.
Citi X 60 Guides
A series of hip, pocket-sized city guides targeting young, independent travelers was recently released by Viction:ary. The Hong Kong-based publisher of books that feature original, dynamic works of art has applied its trademark trendy style to Citi X 60 Guides that highlight the recommendations of 60 local creatives. Artists, designers, architects, chefs, musicians, photographers and filmmakers provide personalized reviews of their favorite spots, encouraging tourists to view their city as they see it.
Tour de France
The 101st Tour de France takes place this month, a 3,664-kilometer cycling challenge that begins in Leeds and runs through Cambridge and London before crossing the Channel to follow along France’s eastern and southern borders, with a grand finish in Paris’s Champs Elysees. Follow the routes of previous tours with the tenth edition of Marguerite Lazell’s Tour de France: The Complete History of the World’s Greatest Cycle Race. This beautifully written history of the world's most iconic bicycle race covers more than 100 years of memorable events, fierce rivalries and feats of endurance.