Interviews - Authors

Wendell "Wendy" Steavenson

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Albert Nahmias

If you have been an assiduous reader of my newsletters then you have frequently encountered the name Albert Nahmias, my Paris culinary ‘rabbi.” In the 1001 Arabian Nights secret doors open when one says Abra cadabra but in Paris the doors of some of the world’s finest restaurants open to the likes of me,when I say: “Albert Nahmias.”

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Jill Jonnes

Mocked at its birth the Eiffel Tower has been the landmark most symbolic of France throughout the world for over 127 years.

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Leonard Pitt, Forensic Fotographer à Paris

Another francophile who has not been “tainted” by too much formal education, Leonard is an actor mime, director, chocaholic and forensic fotographer who spends his days in Paris uncovering her secrets to share with us. We recently caught up over coffee at Le Select.

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Peter Mayle

Peter Mayle rises from his lobby armchair at San Francisco’s Four Seasons Hotel his face bronzed as befits a man who spends lots of time under the provençal sun. He is wearing a black suit with a pink open-necked shirt, black loafers and bright red socks. We find a window seat overlooking San Francisco’s Market Street, order espressos and settle in for a discussion of his life and career.

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Judith Jones

A name synonymous with great writers and great chefs Judith Jones showed off her literary sleuthing with the discovery of The Diary of Anne Frank in Paris. She convinced Doubleday to acquire the U.S. rights and it will probably never be out of print.

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Martin Walker

After a 25 year career as a foreign correspondent for The Guardian, a post once held by Alistair Cooke, and later for UPI Martin Walker has settled in to a very agreeable life as an author and unofficial Cultural Ambassador of Le Périgord, dividing his time between Washington, DC and Le Bugue.

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Alan Riding

Born in Brazil to British parents, New York Times Bureau chief in Mexico City, Rio de Janiero, Madrid and later Paris Alan Riding has been interpreting foreign affairs and culture for over 40 years. His works on Opera and Shakespeare are accessible texts for the novice and aficionado alike.

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No one should have a bad meal in Paris! Whether a 2-star restaurant or a local bistro there should always be an excellent rapport qualité prix– relationship between price and quality. At my favorites you will be treated as a regular and have a satisfying experience. Just tell them  “Terrance sent you.”


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Regularly scheduled literary salons with guest writers, private dinners, restaurant openings, wine tastings,market visits and cooking classes attract a discerning, sophisticated crowd who love to have a good time while they learn. Our cadre of Paris–based colleagues happily share their passion for this magical city.