Alec was European Correspondent for Gourmet magazine from 1999 until it closed in 2009, and has written about food and travel for Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure, Departures, Conde Nast Traveler, and many other publications in the United States and the United Kingdom since he moved to Paris in 1986. He is a contributing editor at Saveur magazine and a regular contributor to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Guardian. In 2011, he was awarded the IACP’s Bert Greene award for culinary writing for his article “Spirit of the Bistro” in Saveur magazine. He is the author of Hungry for Paris: The Ultimate Guide to the City’s 109 Best Restaurants, Second Edition (Random House, 2014) and Hungry for France (Rizzoli, 2014).
Camille Malmquist is a pastry chef who has worked in restaurants, bakeries, and pastry shops both in Paris and the United States. She has written for Secrets of Paris and Girls’ Guide to Paris, and wrote the dessert and bun recipes for Hamburger Gourmet (Marabout, 2012). A native of the Pacific Northwest, Camille has been a fan of craft beer since before she could afford to drink it. She’s been seeking out good beer in France since her arrival in 2008, a pursuit that has become increasingly fruitful as the French craft beer scene comes into its own. She posts beer reviews, cooking tips, recipes, and travel stories on her blog Croque-Camille, and ideas for seasonal cooking on its little sibling, Seasonal Market Menus.
The first cookbook I ever used (but not the first I ever owned) was written by Patricia Wells. I still own this sauce-stained copy of Trattoria and remember our first collaboration: penne all’Arrabiata, cooked for a boy during my senior year of college. Because it turned out well (the pasta, not the affair), Patricia Wells became my hero.
That affection was compounded when I later moved to Paris and began abusing a borrowed copy (thanks, Jennifer) of The Food Lover’s Guide to Paris. I relied on Wells’ website fordining recommendations and flipped furtively under restaurant tables through her French/English food glossary.