Stuff Parisians Like: Discovering the Quoi in the Je Ne Sais Quoi

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Penguin, Jul 5, 2011 - Humor - 288 pages
In the tradition of the New York Times bestseller Stuff White People Like, a tongue-in-cheek homage to Parisians.

To be mistaken for a Parisian, readers must buy the newspaper Le Monde, fold it, and walk. Then sit at a café and make phone calls. Be sure to order San Pellegrino, not any other kind of fizzy water. They shouldn't be surprised when a waiter brings out two spoons after they order le moelleux au chocolat- it is understood that the dessert is too sinfully delicious not to share. Go to l'île Saint-Louis-all Parisians are irredeemably in love with that island. Feel free to boldly cross the street whenever the impulse strikes-pedestrian crosswalks are too dangerous. If they take a cruise on the Seine, they will want to stand outside, preferably with their collar popped up. If they want to decorate, may we suggest the photographs of Robert Doisneau? To truly be cool in Paris, own an iPhone, wear Converse sneakers, and order sushi. And as they stroll through the Luxembourg Gardens, remember-they can't go wrong wearing black.

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My mother is French and that is probably the best book I've read about France or the French. Absolutely hilarious, spot-on but also much deeper than you'd think at once. It offers a really accurate description of the current state of things in France, beyond clichés. Love the tongue in cheek approach. Really amazing book.
A must read for all the Francophiles out there.


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Le Café Gourmand
Crossing the Street in a Bold
Calling People by Their License Plate
Having Theories

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Olivier Magny is a teacher, television personality, and the author of Stuff Parisians Like and Into Wine. He’s also the founder of one of the best wine bars in Paris: Ô Chateau. Magny was born and raised in Paris. Magny currently holds the world record of the highest wine tasting session in the world at 36,000ft.

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