A Pocket Feast Paris

6 Aug

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Two summers ago, when a friend came to visit Paris. I was out of town but determined that she eat this, that and the other – that she dare not try an inferior macaron or miss out on the best Vietnamese fod in town. So I spent an afternoon in a coffee shop (Helmut Newcake) drawing all of my instructions into a notebook. Each page had something to eat and something vaguely cultural to do nearby.

I don’t know how many she followed. But the notebook was passed around, people ate things. Probably left a few buttery fingerprints on the pages, a good sign. Someone said, “but most of the cultural things are ALSO food things.” Which may have been a criticism but I took it as a compliment.

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One summer ago I bribed another friend into helping me make the notebook into a real book. She is both computer genius and wise editor. We sat in the garden in the south of France, dinking wine and brainstorming titles.

A Greedy Guide to Paris? Hungry Hippos Eat Paris?

I can’t remember when we thought of “A Pocket Feast” but it seemed appropriate, a nod to Hemingway’s Paris, a literal description of its size.

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One month ago the books arrived from the printer. Glossy and colourful, still with the hand-made, scribbled drawings from its initial conception. We are pretty proud of it. And of the website that Florence made: foodie recommendations based on the Paris book, but with tips for Berlin and Sydney as well. (More cities coming soon!)

Another friend made us beautiful wooden stands for the books: they are currently on display at Shakespeare and Company and La Cuisine Paris. Someone else is working on a very cute video advert. I am so so grateful for all of the support and help and love that went into A Pocket Feast. It took a whole family to make it real.

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If you would like to support us too: you can buy the guidebook A Pocket Feast Paris through our website – we ship worldwide. Buy one for yourself and one for presents – everyone comes to Paris evenutally! And you can like our Facebook page for more news and updates.

Thank-you a million – mille mercis! Et bon appétit!

5 Responses to “A Pocket Feast Paris”

  1. kaystoner August 7, 2014 at 1:10 am #

    Reblogged this on Paris – In And Out and commented:
    Feeling hungry?

    • Frances September 17, 2014 at 11:23 am #

      Thanks! Hope you enjoy it!

  2. Sarah Muston August 7, 2014 at 10:30 pm #

    I am looking forward to my copy arriving .It is in the post to OZ …Best of luck with it !!

  3. Ruth Mitchell October 10, 2014 at 9:12 am #

    My copy of A Pocket Feast arrived today – it is delightful, and I do hope I can use it soon! I saw Ubu Roi directed by Peter Brook at the Bouffes du Nord in 1977 – it was definitely charmingly dilapidated then! The website is also great (I discovered some new places to visit in my home town). Congratulations to you and Florence.

    • Frances October 12, 2014 at 10:40 am #

      Thanks Ruth! I just love that theatre. My English granny saw some of Peter Brook’s first productions back in Oxford – and he’s still going!

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