Your American Friend in Paris
Terrance GELENTER, Your American Friend In Paris, is the founder/director of Paris Through Expatriate Eyes, an English-language website dedicated to delivering cultural content about Paris, highlighted by books, films, gastronomy, and interviews with authors and filmmakers to Anglophonic Francophiles.
He is the principal writer and editor of four weekly newsletters, each with subscriber bases in excess of 8,000 readers: THE PARIS INSIDER, THE PARIS READERS CIRCLE, THE PARIS INTERVIEW and THE PARIS WEEKENDER.
He is the author of Paris par Hasard: from Bagels to Brioches, a spirited, anecdote-filled memoir that has its poignant moments as we follow Terrance’s life that began in post-war Casablanca, continued in the coal mining country of western Pennsylvania, acquired definition on the streets of Brooklyn, added polish in San Francisco and ultimately ended and restarted in the Paris he was born to inhabit. Paris par Hasard: from Bagels to Brioches, a spirited, anecdote-filled memoir that has its poignant moments as we follow Terrance’s life that began in post-war Casablanca, continued in the coal mining country of western Pennsylvania, acquired definition on the streets of Brooklyn, added polish in San Francisco and ultimately ended and restarted in the Paris he was born to inhabit.
If you ever wondered how Terrance Gelenter came to earn the title ‘Mister Paris’, this book will tell you. A ‘grande bouffe’ of gossip, anecdote and revelation. Enjoy!” – John Baxter, author of The Most Beautiful Walk in the World.
Like Paris itself, this compact book is filled with secret streets and splendid boulevards, legend and lore, the present and the past, along with passionate talk at cafe tables, the breeze off a great river, the charm of bookstores, the majesty of galleries and museums, and, of course, the most important of all human emotions: delight. It’s like an evening with M. Gelenter himself, walking, dining, laughing, learning.–Pete Hamill
Fans and friends of Terrance will not be surprised (or maybe they will) at this breezy and charming memoir, and those who don’t know him will enjoy making a new friend.
–Diane Johnson, Le Divorce
Terrance addressing theCommonwealth Club in San Francisco.
Whether a 3-star restaurant or a neighborhood bistro there should always be an excellent rapport qualité prix–a positive relationship between price and quality.
A 20-euro lunch can be perfectly enjoyable and a 200-euro meal can be a nightmare. At a 3-star I expect the server to know that I want my water glass filled before I do and at a bistro du coin I want the meal that Melvyn Douglas and Greta Garbo had in Ninotchka-as good as grandma’s cooking in an atmosphere of conviviality.
Cold, intimidating, haughty service is never to be tolerated. A warm welcome, attention to your needs and special requests are essential.* It is in that spirit that I have selected 50 Paris bistros and restaurants of varying styles and price ranges for your Paris visits.
The pleasure of sharing a petit rouge with Terrance in Paris is multiplied six-fold – France, after all, is a hexagon – in these pages. His travels take him from the vineyards of Burgundy and Bordeaux to the châteaux of the Loire and the delights of the Riviera, with a visit to Normandy’s D-Day beaches as an aside. And, no surprise, his stepping stones are meals, all described in succulent detail, accompanied by an opinion on the chosen wines. With his inimitable voice, he is a good guide for the best possible reason: he wants us to enjoy this bucolic land as much as he does.
Alan Riding-author of And The Show Went on: Culture in Nazi-Occupied Paris
Terrance, many thanks for sharing your traveler’s tales. Although a vast number of “guide” books on France already exist none of those have what only you can provide – you, always an inimitable raconteur. Your connaissances, your bonhomie, your joie-de-vivre enliven these singular anecdotes. TRAVELS IN FRANCE WITH TERRANCE is informative, entertaining and sans pareil . . . Chapeau –S Rosenberg, book-buyer Brentano’s-Paris 1984-2009
The uber-talented pianist, Sheldon Forrest, frequently accompanies Terrance as he offers a sampling of his favorite love songs including classic Bolero love sings in Spanish, a smattering of French classics and a large tip of the hat to Tony Bennett.
When Terrance took to the floor, the magic started and I have to say myself and my friends thoroughly enjoyed our evening which was quickly turning with Terrance’s melodious Brooklyn voice from English club to Village Jazz Club. I was happy to see the stress literally fall off my husband as he relaxed and said ‘wow it’s been such a long time since I’ve heard a real crooner’ as Terrance sang one mythical number after another; Smile, My Foolish Heart, Blame it on My Youth , Sabor a Mi, Over The Rainbow, Fly Me to the Moon……….
Patricia Killeen, Paris
Meet Terrance at his Paris office, Le Sélect, 99 Blvd. Montparnasse, Sundays 11:AM-12:30PM