Shannon Bennett's Paris

p.a.r.i.sThe next best thing to dining at Shannon Bennett's Melbourne restaurant Vue de Monde is going on a guided tour of Paris with him. Well, almost with him. This compact little book is the ideal way to pack Shannon and his expertise in your suitcase when next you head to the city of lovers. Food-lovers and lovers of France, especially.

In this book, Shannon has marshalled his equally Francophile friends to help him decide (with much difficulty I am sure) on which bakery, which cheese shop, which street market to recommend. There are lists of the best places to find macaroons and wine, as well as the best parks, French films, hotels, bars, cafes, museums, brasseries and bistros.

Arranged by arrondissements (that unique Parisian method of distinguishing between districts) the book is beautifully illustrated with photographs and mouth-wateringly broken up by Shannon's delectable recipes.

It's not only about the capital, though. A short section, Outside Paris, deals with 'the finest culinary journeys in France'.

I'd like to say that reading it is almost as good as going there yourself. But of course, it's not. Nothing is as good as that!

 

Shannon Bennett's Paris - a personal guide to the city's best, Shannon Bennett, Scott Murray & friends, hardcover, The Miegunyah Press, 2009, rrp A$45.

 

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