Lobrano, Alexander. Hungry For Paris: The ultimate guide to the city’s 102 best restaurants. Random House, NY, 2008.
Alexander Lobrano has written a thoroughly delightful and personal guide to Paris places that should serve as a very helpful resource for those coming to Paris to eat. It’s sort of a cross between a food guide and a food book, that is, it describes how he found himself at 102 restaurants, what he ate and why you should go.
While covering some of the great places, it also covers bistrots and brasseries, and is as generous in its praise as it is critical of those 12 places he omits, mentioning why for each one. I was surprised that it is as up to date as it is, covering such relatively new places as the Breizh Café, Chateaubriand and Hier & Aujourd’hui.
On a personal note of my own, I found that I agreed with him most of the time, including of places, such as Helene Darroze, Allard and l’Ami Louis, he chose not to cover. I think it really will soon become a classic; I just hope that its publisher doesn’t take years to ask for the next edition.