Prominent restaurant critic Gilles Pudlowski leads the reader on a tour across the heartland of gourmet dining, sharing menu selections from his favorite restaurants along with the stories behind the accomplished chefs and their kitchens. The forty featured restaurants have been selected based on the quality of the food, the beauty of the decor, and the restaurants unique history. Illustrated with Maurice Rougemonts enticing photographs, this finely researched bible of French gastronomy offers a feast for the eyes. Featured chefs include Paul Bocuse, Alain Ducasse, and Guy Savoy, and each has divulged a few of their signature recipes to enjoy at home. A list of addresses to the restaurants completes the book for readers who want to embark on their own gourmet tour of the finest in French dining experiences.