I was quite excited about this book when I read about it in the Wall Street Journal. I not only travel quite a bit, but have a first ever London and Paris trip in the Spring. What a great book to help with my culinary adventure, right?
This book has no organization other than by (a) city and, in some cases, (b) major sections of cities. For instance, London is divided into "East" and "West." Paris is also grouped into two major sections on ar. Within those sections theres is absolutely no organization. In the first London page, there are three restaurants: Lahore Kebab House, Hawksmoor, Brawn. Not in alphabetical order. Not in neighborhoods--these are in three different neighboorhoods. And trying to find the restaurants on the very tiny included map at the beginning of the chapter is near impossible. Again, no order. On the map they are #49, 51 and #25. I should note that 49 is not really near 51. It's closer to 38, 39 and 52 on the map.
Nor are the restaurants presented within the chapter according to cuisine, style, or "recommended for." There is absolutely no rhyme or reason how the restaurants are presented within the chapter.
Most of the restaurants listed are just that. A listing. For instance, the first one in London is "Lahore". The listing tells you the hours, reservation policy, price range, style, cuisine and that it's recommended for "regular neighborhood." How does that tell me anything? I have no idea if that's a restaurant I want to go or why. I'd say around 50-60% of all listings give you no further info.
This will end up being a big dust collector for me. If they make it more user friendly and with more actual INFO about the restaurants and why a chef chose it, then it would be a useful book.