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This edition: January 2007

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Original tape date: January 18, 2007.

1/ The 2007 US Michelin Guides
If there is a culinary Bible in Europe, it's the Michelin Guides. For decades travelers in the know as well as residents of Europe's great cities have depended upon them for the latest reports on the best in dining and lodging. Now the folks at Michelin have discovered the New World. New York and San Francisco are the cities to first receive the honor of a book. The Director of Michelin Guides Jean-Luc Naret tells Canapé about the standards and ambitions of the series.

2/ “Avenue Montaigne” by Danièle Thompson
In Paris if you want to get to know a neighborhood - make that an arrondissement - find the local café that seems to have a steady clientele. It's the place where people park, unwind with wine, or wind up with a couple of shots of expresso. In Avenue Montaigne, the new film from Danièle Thompson, a recently arrived waitress at the local café finds herself intertwined with three families of regular customers. The director and her son, who also co-wrote the screenplay and acts in the film, tell Canapé about their bit of Paris.

3/ Metin Arditi
Born in Turkey, raised in Switzerland, and educated at Stanford University, Metin Arditi is a man of many faces. A successful business man and philanthropist, he serves as President of the highly regarded l'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. But it is as one of the best writers from French speaking Switzerland that he has come to the attention of many readers. Canape chats with Arditi the author about Arditi the man of many interests.

4/ “Klezmer” by Joann Sfar
Joan Sfar charmed critics and readers with The Rabbi's Cat, his graphic novel of life in the old Jewish quarters of Algeria. That story came from his father's side of the family. He now turns to his mother's East European origins in Klezmer: Tales of the Wild East, the story of just about the craziest klezmer band this side of Odessa. It all adds up to what one admiring critic calls “a goofy, somewhat twisted vaudeville routine.” The author paints his world for Canapé.

5/ “Bamako” by Abderrahmane Sissako
Most movies tell stories in familiar worlds. But some movies take us in other artistic directions to other places. One of those places is Bamako, the African city that is also the title of writer-director Abderrahmane Sissako's new film. Mix a troubled marriage with a trial and add the spice of a Western starring Danny Glover but filmed in Timbuktu. That's a taste of the cinematic stew cooked up for audiences by the director from Mali. He tells Canapé about his recipe for a distinctly African experience.

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