Delicious Days in Paris: a delectable read for Francophiles

It’s a rainy day in Melbourne, utterly miserable. What better way to spend today than with a lovely new book, a cup of thé vert, and some classic French music on the stereo?

Delicious Days in Paris’ is just such a book, with author Jane Paech taking us on a culinary adventure.

A new treat for francophile travellers

‘Delicious Days in Paris – walking tours to explore the city’s food and culture’, is a rich, entertaining and educational book. It will charm even the most seasoned savvy traveller as well as those merely engaged in wishful thinking.

Each chapter explores a small area of Paris, with the expedition of Monet’s Giverny, and we are treated to a glimpse of all the delights on offer in each quartier. Not only does author Jane Paech write about some of the smaller museums, but also the petits cafés and specialty shops in the area.

Beguile the hours in a French wonderland…

As I curl up on the couch, I am quickly drawn into Paech’s first chapter. It is ostensibly about organic and boutique wines, however her command of culture and language makes the discussion of vins bio much more than a list of where to go and how to get there.

Paech’s knowledge of Paris, its passions and charms, gives the reader an insight into some of the city’s better kept secrets. What’s more, because she is not Parisian herself, she’s got that understanding of what we hopeful travellers want to know.

It translates into a delicious read. Her list of web and street addresses at the end of each chapter is a boon to travellers wanting to book in advance.

Award winning expert on Parisian food

delicious days in Paris - cropped‘Delicious Days in Paris’ is Jane Paech’s second book about the glories of food in the French capital. Her first book ‘A Family in Paris: stories of food, life and adventure’ won the Australian category for food literature at the Gourmand World Cookbook awards in 2012.

Paech writes about her days in Paris, sometimes with tour companies, sometimes with friends. Each adventure is rich with special anecdotes.

My favourite is her experience of a chocolate massage just before stepping on to the plane home. Imagine being the passenger next to her!

A lovely gift for Francophiles

If you know someone planning a trip to Paris, this would make a great gift. At 480gm, it’s not too heavy even to take on the plane. It would certainly while away those interminable hours on the international flights!

Nicely wrapped, along with some decent macarons or a quality vin rouge, this book would be well received by anyone interested in food, travel or French culture. And for those like me, whose next trip to France is a few years away, well, it’s nice to dream… and plan… so put the kettle on!

Have any of you been lucky enough to read ‘Delicious Days in Paris’? If so, what did you think? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section below!

Image credits
1 & 2.  Courtesy of Amanda Collins 2014.
3. Wine glass, via Wikipedia.

About the Contributor

Amanda Collins

I'm a writer of songs, poetry and film reviews, and “une vraie franco-folle”. I live with my family in Melbourne, Australia and enjoy travel, good wine and foreign supermarkets. My ambitions are to still be roller skating when I'm eighty! When not writing for, I can be found on TwitterFacebook and on my own Blog.

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  1. Alex Mealey Jun 10, 2014 at 11:47 AM - Reply

    Thanks Amanda! This sounds like a lovely book to curl up with. I particularly love that it sounds like more than just a ‘where to go’ guide and actually has some discussion around the food itself!

  2. Elise Mellor Jun 11, 2014 at 11:33 AM - Reply

    This is the best idea for a travel book! I don’t mind admitting that the primary reason I enjoy travelling is to sample local delicacies – wine most definitely included! Only, I think this book would just make me ravenously hungry, and so far away from the cafes of Paris!
    Luckily – there’s this!

  3. Selina Sykes Jun 13, 2014 at 6:28 AM - Reply

    This would have been a great guide for when I was living in Paris! With any luck I’ll be back soon enough 😉

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