Click to listen to NPR's Paris correspondent Eleanor Beardsley as she hits the streets of the City of Light with author David Downie in search of why, how, when, where and with whom Paris became the great food city of the Western world… You can also read the transcript and see more images of food, markets and Paris.
Here are some behind-the-scenes pictures I shot of Eleanor Beardsley at work in an open market, at shops, over coffee, and at lunch with yours truly.
Bonne promenade gastronomique!
Eleanor Beardsley of NPR at Le Sanglier charcuterie in Paris with owner Marc Fermin
The sound of Le Sanglier's head cheese: yum! Cheeky stuff, delicious…
Fromage de tete, aka Hure, head cheese in English, with pistachios
Eleanor Beardsley mike at the ready, Cafe des Phares, before we plunge into the Boulevard Richard-Lenoir market
Eleanor Beardsley of NPR with the big cheeses of rue St-Antoine
A milk-curdling experience, rue St-Antoine, Paris
Feeling shellfish? Seafood restaurant, Boulevard Beaumarchais, Paris
Aw shucks! Gleaning pearls of wisdom from the oyster man of Boulevard Beaumarchais
Still alive and squirming, poor things. Parisians gulp them raw, live, briny…
Stuff that didn't make it into the radio report: Horse flesh, still popular in Paris… hot to trot? The taste is too sweet for me.
Eleanor Beardsley with Jacky Lorenzo, Paris' famed fishmonger… upscale fish only!
Fungus, anyone? Eleanor manages to coax a few words out of the wild mushroom seller and his bosky customers
It's tricky to get some people to talk and even harder to get them to give you their name… no name, no can use in report!
Down to earth shopping: each of Paris' dozens of open markets is popular with all classes. The real deal. Not a picturesque farmers market for bobos, with outlandish prices…
Lunch anyone? My favorite place to chow after the market. Everything is house-made and fresh.
Read all about it in A Taste of Paris: A History of the Parisian Love Affair with Food
Listen to Eleanor Beardsley's NPR report on The Salt