Oh my sweet French Jesus, Mireille Guiliano’s latest book, Meet Paris Oyster: A Love Affair with the Perfect Food, is all about Huîtrerie Régis, my favorite restaurant in all the earth! From her site:
Meet Paris Oyster is an engaging exploration of the Parisian love affair with the world’s most sensuous shellfish – and the good life in general. It centers on Huîtrerie Régis, a tightly packed oyster bar in the heart of the City of Light, with an opinionated owner and a colorful cast of regulars. Part cultural journey, part cookbook, and part slice-of-life play, Guiliano introduces readers to the appetites (gastronomic and otherwise) of Paris and its people.
Beyond Huîtrerie Régis, the French oystermen and the other characters involved with the pursuit of the oyster in France, Mireille Guiliano shares information on where to find the best oysters around the world, their substantial nutritional value, the best wine pairings with oysters, and a dozen mouthwatering recipes that will have readers craving, buying, and preparing oysters, with confidence, for themselves and their loved ones.
This book came out a year ago, and NOBODY TOLD ME! A reader just sent me this audio clip of a CBC Radio interview with Guiliano about the book. Which I have just ordered. I cannot get Regis’s Marennes d’Olérons here in Louisiana, and I can’t even get oysters that taste remotely as good. But I can get some shucked Gulf oysters tomorrow, and I can make an oyster stew for New Year’s Eve. And I will!
If you, oyster-eater, are in Paris during oyster season, and you fail to go to Huîtrerie Régis, you are the most miserable of creatures, and I pity you for refusing such grace.