5 Things You Didn’t Know About Paris Markets (featuring Emily Dilling)

20 September 2015

If you subscribe to my monthly newsletter, you had an advanced look at Emily Dilling’s new book My Paris Market Cookbook: a CulinaryTour of French Flavors and Seasonal Recipes (not subscribed yet? Click here!*), which looks at the true artisans at Paris’s many markets and food shops. Inspired by the slow food movement still dominating California, she was determined to seek out the individuals trying to revive the artisanal lifestyle in Paris. With beautiful photography, fascinating anecdotes and easy-to-make recipes, there’s no better book for the market lover.  In honor of the book’s recent release, I asked Emily to share a few things you may not have known about Paris markets. Any surprises?  1// They aren’t all “farmers” markets Even though Paris markets may ressemble what we call Farmers Markets in the States, Paris markets are often lacking an essential element of American outdoor markets: farmers. Most of the vendors at Paris food markets are resellers of wholesale, often imported, produce. While the city counts over 80 neighborhood markets, many are completely void of locally grown produce, and others may have only one farmer among the stands. Luckily, one farmer is enough to cover your seasonal produce needs! Check out my list of farmers […]…

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Franco File Friday: Marjorie Williams of Markets of Paris {+ Giveaway}

12 October 2012

I didn’t grow up shopping at farmer’s markets or trawling for treasures at nearby antique or flea markets but quickly discovered their virtues when I moved to Paris. Attractions in their own right, the city’s markets give visitors a firsthand look at daily French life and bring them closer to locals and artisans. Even better, they‘re everywhere, spanning across town and past city limits. I haven’t visited all of them yet – have to save something for when friends visit- but I know precisely where to turn when I want a comprehensive list and some historical context to go with it. Author Marjorie Williams is a wellspring of knowledge when it comes to the market presence in Paris, having co-authored the second edition of the recently-published Markets of Paris. The smartly designed pocket guide is thorough, complete with practical information (hours of operation, closest metro station, etc) and packed to the gills with fantastic photos to guide the reader. I can’t recommend this book enough to those traveling to Paris and particularly those with a profound appreciation for market culture. I’m honored to welcome Marjorie to this series! Describe what you love about France in three words. Markets, Markets, Markets Hard to choose […]…

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