|A History of the Food of Paris
From Roast Mammoth to Steak Frites
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|Videos from a variety of sources touch on Paris food history. This page groups links to some of these, grouped approximately by how the same subjects appear in the book.|
The Seine and Other WaterwaysParis' pleasures and pleasures: retracing the history of the Seine river banks - A look at the river's history and development. LA BIÈVRE : A LA RECHERCHE DE LA RIVIÈRE PERDUE - In search of the lost Bièvre river. La bièvre, une rivière disparue qui renaît dans le 13ème arrondissement - A brief but fun overview of the Bièvre and its history. with some old images and footage. Canal St.Martin - Paris - A boat ride down today's recreational Canal St. Martin. No commentary, just the ride. And accordeon music. Around the Canal Saint-Martin - A lively look at the area around the Canal St. Martin (with English sub-titles). Unusually, this stroll starts at the END, where the canal lets out in the Seine, and goes north. Discover another Paris: from the Marais to the Canal de l'Ourcq - A walk with an American jazz singer towards Napoleon's Canal de l'Ourcq. Brochet en Drop Shot! Canal de l'Ourcq PARIS - Catching pike in Napoleon's Ourcq Canal. Fontaine d'eau de source Paris 13 - A rare modern Artesian well in Paris.
Paris HistoryThe growth of Paris - Paris - BBC - A brief and casual overview of Paris' development. La première enceinte médiévale de Paris - A rare look at the little-known walls on the Right Bank which preceded Philip-Auguste's. Philippe-Auguste fait de Paris une capitale - How Philip August made Paris into a capital.
A series of looks at the walls of Philippe Auguste1 L'Enceinte Philippe Auguste
2 L'Enceinte Philippe Auguste, de la Tour de Nesle à Odéon
3 L'Enceinte Philippe Auguste, autour de la Porte Saint-Jacques
4 L'Enceinte Philippe Auguste, Place de la Contrescarpe
5 L'Enceinte Philippe Auguste, vers la Tournelle
Paris au Moyen Age - A flyover of a 3D reconstruction of Medieval Paris. Sample of a larger work. Paris au Moyen Age - An animated reconstruction of Medieval Paris, with other images. Paris 3D: Through the Ages - Dassault Systèmes - A sample of a 3D recreation of early Paris. Paris: fouilles archéologiques au coeur de l'île de la Cité - Church of St. Eloi - but no Gaulish finds. Mur des Fermiers généraux - A very methodical look at the site of the old Farmer General's wall. You might want to look at a map of these walls before or while viewing this. au_bord_de_paris_H264-desktop.m4v - A short documentary on the walls of Thiers. Les fortifs.wmv - Another look at Thiers' walls. Paris: fouilles archéologiques au coeur de l'île de la Cité - Excavation of a sixth century church on the Ile de la Cité. Paris : L'ile de la cité - A stroll through today's Ile de la Cite. (Even if you speak French you might miss the pun when the speaker points out that a poultry market was once near the site of today's Police Prefecture - "poulet" (chicken) is slang for a policeman.) A Visit to the île de la Cité - A somewhat longer visit to today's Ile de la Cité, with English sub-titles.
- A dry but comprehensive overview of the Magdalenian culture.
Paris et les derniers chasseurs cueilleurs
- A video on the 2008 excavations of a Mesolithic site at the rue Henry-Farman.
Musée Carnavalet (Paris)
- A stroll around the Carnavalet Museum's collection of finds from the Neolithic site at Bercy.
Musée archéologique de Saint Germain en Laye Les Gaulois.wmv - The antiquities museum outside Paris is well worth a visit. This is a look at its collection on the Gauls, which quickly gives some idea of how sophisticated their culture was. The Gauls: Ancient Culture Analysis - A methodical, if sometimes slow, overview of the Gauls; a good introduction for a newcomer. He does not emphasize however that the Gauls were Celts, which is important to know about their background. Les Gaulois au dela du Mythe - A fairly technical but interesting look at Gaulish life in detail. At 10:00, an experimental archeaologist discusses the food; at 13:37, there is another look at agriculture in the period. The piece also discusses the historiography of the Gauls; that is how certain received ideas were established in France.
L'Europe des Celtes - La vie quotidienne des Celtes
- This includes a look at the food of the Gauls through experimental archaeology. Some commenters accuse the video of being a little romanticized, so it should probably be considered in the light of other information.
Quand Paris s'appelait Lutèce - An episode from French television exploring Lutetia, almost as if on foot, with a number of 3D recreations, and a look towards the end at finds at the College St. Barbe. De Lutèce Paris. Lorena Minguez. Travail numérique histoire de la langue I - A look at Lutetia (Gallo-Roman Paris), with a number of 3D recreations. Lutece 3D - A 3D reconstruction of Lutetia (used for a number of other pieces as well). 7 L'enceinte urbaine de Lutèce - A look at the walls which once surrounded the Ile de la Cite.. Aux origines de la Lutèce romaine - An exploration of an excavation on the Mount St. Genevieve of several Gallo-Roman houses and streets. The Franks
Barbarians The Franks History Channel Documentary | The Roman War Machine - Over-dramatized, as are almost all documentaries on the Franks. But accurate enough as an overview.
Fruit And Veg Market In Paris Aka Les Halles Paris (1917) - Silent, but a treasure.
Les Forts des Halles de Paris
- A rare chat with one of the "forts" (strong men) who managed spaces at Les Halles.
Les Halles, Paris 1931
- Over-dubbed cries, but lively shots.
Les Halles : le marché
- The market at the Halles.
Paris La Vie Parisienne (1965)
- 2:20 the Halles; 3:06 a meal.
Les Halles : la vie ancienne
- Two extracts from a 1969 documentary on the old Halles. many views of the buildings and activities even here. Some looks at workers talking in a local bistro.
Paris In Winter (1965) - Starts with unidentified market. (Commenter spotted a car that didn't exist before 1967, so the date is uncertain.) A Quick Visit to the Marché d'Aligre - One of the city's more lively markets.
|French women don't get fat. Parisians love affair with "bio", scenes from Marché Raspail. - The organic food market on the Boulevard Raspail. Le marché de St-Germain - The market on the site of the old St. Germain fair. Le Marché des Enfants Rouges - Inside the Enfants Rouges market (which also has a lot of outside tables). Marché des Enfants Rouges - A walk around the Enfants Rouges market, with some history of the attempt to close it. A Visit to the Rue Montorgueil - The very lively market street, the rue Montorgueil. Rue Mouffetard - The rue Mouffetard in 1959 (extract from a larger piece). 220 Marche Maubert Mutualite.MPG - Today's Maubert market, a direct descendant from the late Middle Ages. A Visit to the Rue Mouffetard - A walk from the Place Maubert to the rue Mouffetard. Market days can get busier than shown here, however. Clément Janequin: Voulez ouyr les cris de Paris - Medieval cries of Paris set to music. Traditional shopping galleries in Paris - A look at Paris' passages, the main elegant places to shop until department stores displaced them.|
|RARE FILM DE PARIS EN 1920 - 5:40 Crepes and caviar at the Canneton, followed by the Robinson restaurant, cafe life, etc. Guy Martin au Grand Véfour - PdF TV - Chef Guy Martin talking about taking over the classic Parisian restaurant; mainly talk, though with some views of the restaurant. Le Grand Véfour - A step by step meal at today's Grand Vefour. BOUILLON CHARTIER PARIS 9ème 75009 SERVEUR AMAR Nº 9 - Stills and videos of one of the few surviving Bouillons. Chartier restaurant Paris (french) - A nice look at the Bouillon Chartier, with some Piaf in the background. Le Polidor. The restaurant in Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris". - While the restaurant had a reputation long before Allen's film, this is as good a way as any to introduce it to Americans.||Parisian Icon the Brassserie Lipp | euromaxx - A rounded look at a Parisian classic. Paris 1965 à l'heure du déjeuner | Archive INA - Lunch hour in Paris, 1965. Les crêperies du quartier Montparnasse - Creperies in their original Parisian neighborhood, near the Montparnasse train station. Gourmet Fast Food Trucks Are a Hit in Paris - An English-language look at food trucks in Paris, which have had uneven success. Notably some words from Kristin Fredrick, whose Camion Qui Fume was the pioneer of the genre. [La mode des food trucks à Paris] - Food trucks in Paris.|
|La Folie Du Couscous Documentaire France 5 - A French TV documentary on couscous. Kabab Stand in Paris. - Some Americans at a kebab stand in Paris. Moroccan Chicken Bastilla (Bastila / Pastilla) Recipe - CookingWithAlia - Episode 62. - One of several videos in English explaining how to make this Moroccan specialty. This is one of the simplest and more straightforward. Discovering Paris's Asian neighbourhoods - A TV report on Paris' Chinatown Chez Haynes-(Premier restaurant americain a Paris)-Zaia Lebtahi - A glimpse of Haynes' American restaurant when it was still in business. McDonald's lance un sandwich à la baguette - 2012 - McDonald offers a McBaguette (hamburger in a baguette).||Saigon sur Seine - Vietnamese refugees in Paris in 1980. Un petit bout d'Inde à Paris au passage Brady - A close-up look at the Indian shops in the Passage Brady. Régine - Rue des rosiers (1970) - A 1970's music video shot on the old Rue des Rosiers. La rue des Rosiers est-elle toujours juive ? - Is the rue des Rosiers still Jewish?" - a documentary look at the change in the neighborhood. Rue des Rosiers - The rue des Rosiers today. Vidéo inédite du Pletzl - Rue des Rosiers en 1968 - The rue des Rosiers in 1968; look at a grocery at 6:30.|
|Snails | Gathering and Cooking the French Delicacy - Truly from start to finish.... Julia Child The French Chef- Your Own French Onion Soup - A classic dish from a classic cook. Steak Frites a la France Soir - A French cook explains a simple French dish. Eating a Croque-monsieur grilled cheese sandwich in Paris, France - A touristy close-up of a croque-monsieur. As good an introduction as any if you don't know the food. 10 Things to Eat in Paris for Under 5 Euros - A very pop introduction to some cheap basics.||Creme Caramel Recipe - How To Make A Creme Caramel - How to make a "beautiful" creme caramel. Julia Child The French Chef- Apple Dessert - Making tarte Tatin. La tarte Tatin - A French presentation of the tarte Tatin, from 1987. (This is very different from the first published recipe.) Balade dans Lamotte Beuvron - For hard-core lovers of the Tarte Tatin, a look at the town where it was invented (with a glimpse - no more - of the original hotel). Pubs des années 70 - French TV ads from the Seventies - most for food and drinks.|