Meet Paris Oyster:
A Love Affair with the Perfect Food
French native Mireille Guiliano grew up in provincial France in the world of food, obtained an education in Paris and spent time in Boston as a foreign exchange student. Her professional career brought her back to the US were she served as a spokesperson for Champagne Veuve Clicquot and through her career and her writing established herself as an ambassador of the French art of living. Her book, French Women Don’t Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure became a world wide best seller. In Meet Paris Oyster: A Love Affair with the Perfect Food Mireille Guiliano introduces us to the French passion for the oyster starting out out in Huîtrerie Régis, a small, cramped 14 seat restaurant with a reputation for serving the best oysters in Paris. She uses the restaurant as an axis to introduce us to the personalities in the world of oysters and to paint a picture of their passion. She introduces us to oysters sellers, purveyors, harvesters and oyster eaters and their first oyster experiences. Guiliano's chapter on how to eat an oyster is one of the best ever. She infuses her writing with charm and an infectious joy of life. Her story fascinates and entertains and by the end of the book you realize that you have also learned quite a bit about oysters. Even if you never intend to eat an oyster, this book will entertain you and introduce you to a world where food is more that industrialized, processed products Languishing in a cooler wrapped in cellophane. I checked this book out from the library and liked it so much that I bought it.