Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Thanks to this article I read in the New York Times, I am itching to go to Paris. (not that it's unusual for me to be itching to go to Paris.)
A couple of years ago the writer, Tony Perrottet, stumbled on the 1805 and 1810 editions of the Almanachs des Gourmands, which were more or less the Napoleonic era's Zagat guide.
Alexandre-Balthazar-Laurent Grimod de la Reyniere (how's that for an awesome name?) wrote the Almanach with such style and flair that he is considered the grandfather of most modern food writing. One of the most amazing things in his guides were the walking culinary tours he called "nutritional itineraries".
When the Mr Perrottet found these guides he got an idea, wander around the city of Paris with a map of all the places Grimond wrote about. Check out the article to find out about all the places he found that are still in business more than 200 years later!
There's even a map if you want to do some planning for your next trip.
photos by Andrew Testa for The New York Times.