Synopses & Reviews
Pastry Paris is a collection of photographs of the world’s most enticing pastries set against the background of one of the world’s most iconic cities. The confections are taken out of their display cases and photographed “on location” at Paris’ best-known sights and everyday streetscapes, illuminating the visual and cultural connections between the city, its architecture, its culture, and its wildly beautiful desserts. Each entry is captioned, and the back of the book serves as a guide to the pâtisseries where each of the pastries is created, with addresses, phone numbers, and métro stops. The quirky, often humorous pairings of desserts and their hometown is a vicarious trip to that delicious city, where art and beauty can be found in everything from doorknobs to petit fours, a city that takes its desserts as seriously as its music, sculpture, and painting.
About the Author
Susan Hochbaum is a nationally recognized graphic designer who has co-authored and designed books on photography and visual culture. Her most recent, Black and White, is a visual compendium and graphic essay of all things black-and-white, from penguins to nuns’ habits and skeletons to 8-balls. Other books she has designed include HiFis & HiBalls, A Stiff Drink and a Close Shave, and Neal Slavin’s Britons. Susan has held positions as Associate Partner at Pentagram Design, New York, as Vice-President and Creative Director at a national retailer, and has run her New York-based design consultancy since 1994. Her work has won numerous design awards and has been recognized in national and international design publications.