Markets of Paris, 2nd Edition: Food, Antiques, Crafts, Books, and More Paperback – May 15 2012
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"Markets of Paris is going to be in my luggage on my next trip to Paris. It is the best book to use if you are a 'foodie' but are not a local. The foot work is done, so you can just pick and choose your interests, then take the Métro and enjoy the treasures of Paris. "— Marc Bauer, Master Chef, French Culinary Institute
"This is the book I wish I had had with me on my last visit to Paris. I'll just have to return to Paris armed with this guide. What a great lens to view this magnificent city through - plus I love the way it just slips into a pocket." — Deborah Madison, author of Local Flavors and Seasonal Fruit Desserts
"While most general travel guides list the major Parisian markets, like the famous Marché aux Fleurs and Marché aux Puces de Clignancourt, this guide details all the markets in the city selling food, antiques, books, crafts, and more. Entries provide the standard information for all markets, such as location, days and hours of operation, and nearest Metro stop, as well as the authors' recommendations and detailed descriptions of the articles offered for sale, including specialty items. For travelers with limited time, suggested itineraries list markets by geographic area and open days, which allows the reader to find, for example, a flea market on the Right Bank that is open on Mondays. . . . travelers wanting to experience Paris by strolling its markets with the locals will find this guide invaluable.” —Library Journal
"A wonderful book. . . . The book is more than a listing of where to locate open and roving markets—it helps you narrow down which ones are better, what personality each market has, and what you can expect to find at your favorite." —BonjourParis
"You can find pretty much anything you want in the markets of Paris: old letters, dead bears, live chickens. The only problem is that you'd have to roam around hours and hours to find them. The newly released book by Markets of Paris is a vade mecum for any focused Parisian shopper. A pocket sized book with hundreds of listing, the book will save you hours of searching for obscure curios. . . . the book is priceless." —Gridskipper
“This is the perfect book format for toting around Paris. . .Markets of Paris describes in thoughtful prose a variety of Paris markets, focusing primarily on the 65 outdoor food markets that are an essential part of the Paris landscape. . . .But, for me, what really sets this book apart is the careful prose. Time is taken to capture the essence of how one market’s aura can differ from any other in Paris...There’s just enough here to whet your appetite, get you into the Metro, or putting on your walking shoes to explore neighborhoods that may have escaped your attention.” —ParisLogue
"There's shopping, and then there's shopping in Paris. For those fortunate enough to have the problem of finding the best Parisian goods, be it cheese, clothing, botanical prints or porcelain, there's Markets of Paris." —Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
"Markets of Paris catalogs every market in the city, from the fresh meat and produce stalls of the open-air Marche Barbes to the quaint fabric vendors of the Marche Saint-Pierre. It's a perfect guide to a quintessentially romantic feature of the city that's often difficult for visitors to navigate." —Culture & Travel
About the Author
Dixon Long is the author, along with Ruthanne Long, of the first edition of Markets of Paris and of Markets of Provence. He is also a novelist and short story writer, as well as dean emeritus and professor emeritus of political science at Case Western Reserve University. He has lived in Paris and Provence.
Marjorie R. Williams has been attending farmers markets since her childhood. Her work has been featured in Edible magazine and travel blogs. She has an MFA in creative writing and held executive editorial positions with major publishers. She also writes short fiction and is a book coach. She and her husband have lived in Paris and reside in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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arrondissements/areas of the city. Dixon and Williams not only give the reader a wide selection of markets, but also include excellent visuals.
Two maps, one in the front of the book and the other in the back are relevant and very helpful. Their writing is succinct and flavorful. The photos are colorful and fun to look at. Lastly they give important advice and hints to help you if you're eating out in Paris or want something to do on a Sunday. Bravo!
For one it's lighter weight thanks to thiner weight paper, so you can take it with you yet there are 50 more pages.
There are maps fore and aft in the front pages missing in the 2006 edition.
It's much more user-friendly organized by area (arrondissement) rather than Paris Center-Left Bank-North-West etc.
In the back of the book there's an OPEN ON SUNDAY list that is invaluable.
Altogether a very useful book worth throwing in your suitcase.
The texts are excellent: informative, colorful, and detailed. The photography is stunning. Graphic illustrations are superior. Unfortunately, an apparent attempt to make the size of the volume convenient for travelers has resulted in the use of a spidery lightface font of such small size as to make it extremely difficult if not nearly impossible to consult while walking, riding on a bus or the Metro, in a taxi or just in low light. It's a shame, because the content of this little guide is exceptional and the authors are to be congratulated for their labors. I lived in Paris, have visited many of the markets covered, and co-authored a series of guidebooks to Paris hotels and restaurants so I know how equally important this little guide is to both the traveler and to a resident and how much effort it took to prepare it. Note: I have seen only the second edition and do not know if the first edition may have had a more readable font.