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I originally downloaded a sample to my kindle but decided to purchase hardback due to its photo content. Unfortunately, pale grey print on white paper does not work for me and I was unable to actually read this book. The book was smaller than I thought; more large fiction size than coffee-table. The paper quality was poor; a matt finish which dulled the photos.
Due to the undersized, unreadable font, I returned the book. Amazon's refund system is easy, fast and efficient.
This book is not without interest - all innovation deserves to be scrutinized - but to title one's book The New Paris is ambitious and, in this instance, entirely unjustified. This book ought to be called: Hipster Paris: a guide for 30-somethings. There is so very much more to Paris than this and some of the food offerings, in particular, really shouldn't feature. Far too many of Paris' recent restaurant openings have been made by chefs whose taste buds (like the author of this book) were stunted by industrial food in their formative years.
Mediocre is the best way I can describe this hipster spin on Paris. The concentration of the book is on the food scene and wants to imply that all of Paris is being transformed by a movement of "tribes" of people changing the way Parisians eat and think. Limited mainly to the restaurants the author visits in her bubble, the book does add a few shopping and other spaces at the end to try to extend her idea. This is not my Paris, nor is it the Paris to come, this is simply the view of one person stuck within the confines of her generation expounding on her personal experiences and by no means captures the scope and breadth of the Parisian experience. I will give it two stars. One star for the narrow concept actually making it through to a publisher and one star because it is, at least, about the most enchanting city in the world. Basically this is Paris through the eyes of a novice.
This is not what I expected, it is in no way a travel guide. I think it's is bestvsuited for people who either live in Paris or spend a lot of time there. Still beautifully written with gorgeous pictures. I imagine it will go out of date fast.