This is the 2014 guide that seven years later is still very popular with foodies who are heading to Paris (be it your first or fifth trip). I've been to Paris numerous times over the last ten years and I've generally found that the businesses in this guide stay consistently in business, but I also tend to not bother using a guide to decide where we dine. For me, that's the adventure of Paris, but we've found some local places that we like to return to as part of our "Paris tradition."
I think the biggest value in this book really lies in Patricia Wells' adept explanations of Parisian food culture, descriptions of cafes and brasseries, food vocabulary glossary, and the targeted business guide that would certainly interest folks who cook and entertain. Yes, you could find a lot of this same information on the internet...but, frankly you will also have to wade through a lot of other cruft to do so. Sometimes, a good guide is just the way to go.
From the Publisher:
The book that cracks the code, from the incomparable Patricia Wells. An acclaimed authority on French cuisine, Ms. Wells has spent more than 30 years in Paris, many as former restaurant critic for The International Herald Tribune. Now her revered Food Lover's Guide to Paris is back in a completely revised, brand-new edition.
In 457 entries―345 new to this edition, plus 112 revisited and reviewed classics―The Food Lover's Guide to Paris offers an elegantly written go-to guide to the very best restaurants, cafes, wine bars, and bistros in Paris, as well as where to find the flakiest croissants, earthiest charcuteries, sublimest cheese, most ethereal macarons, and impeccable outdoor markets. The genius of the book is Ms. Wells's meritocratic spirit. Whether you're looking for a before-you-die Michelin three-star experience (Guy Savoy, perhaps, or Restaurant Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee) or wanting to sample the new bistronomy (Bistrot Paul Bert, Le Comptoir du Relais) or craving something simple and perfect (L'As du Fallafel, or Breizh Cafe for crêpes), Patricia Wells tells you exactly where to go and why you should go there. You no longer have to rely on the iffy "reviews" of Yelp or Trip Advisor.
Included are 40 recipes from some of her favorite chefs and purveyors and, of course, all the practical information: addresses, websites, email, hours, closest metro stop, specialties, and more.