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David D. Downie (born 1958 in San Francisco) is a multilingual Paris-based American nonfiction author, crime novelist and journalist who writes most often about culture, food and travel.

A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Downie took a master’s degree in Italian from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where he was a University Fellow. After working in the early 1980s as a translator, interpreter and press officer in Milan, he moved to Paris. His writing reflects an abiding interest in French and Italian culture, politics, food and language.

His articles have appeared in about 50 publications, print and online, including The Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Gastronomica, The Art of Eating, Australian Financial Review,, and He has acted as Paris correspondent, contributing editor or European editor for a number of publications, including Appellation, Art & Antiques and Departures. His writing has also appeared in anthologies, among them The Collected Traveler volumes on Paris, Southwest France and Central Italy.

In 1997 Downie’s crime novel La tour de l’immonde, about violence and murder in central Paris and its banlieue, was published in Paris.

His first nonfiction book in English, Enchanted Liguria also appeared in 1997; it was translated the following year in Italy under the title La Liguria incantata. His illustrated book on the contemporary cooking of Rome, Cooking the Roman Way, was listed among the top ten cookbooks of 2002 by The Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe and San Francisco Chronicle. Cooking the Roman Way is full of anecdotes about the names, hidden meanings and origins of Italian foods; useful notes explain the difference between farro and spelt and the existence and uses of the quinto quarto "fifth quarter" of butchered animals.

Downie’s book Paris, Paris (2005) explores the sites of Paris, from the Ile Saint-Louis to Les Halles and the parks of Montsouris and Buttes Chaumont. Paris, Paris also features insights on Georges Pompidou, François Mitterrand and Coco Chanel.

European pilgrimage routes are another field of interest for Downie. In 2006, together with his wife, photographer Alison Harris, he walked 1,100 kilometers across France following sections of the Way of Saint James; a website documenting this journey is under construction, and Downie is now writing a book about it.

Downie's latest books include three volumes in the Terroir Guides series, published by The Little Bookroom, and dedicated to the food and wine of the Italian Riviera (and Genoa), Rome, and Burgundy. The first was published in November, 2008; the publishing date of the second, on Rome, is April 2009. Burgundy will appear in October, 2009.

Downie's second crime novel Paris City of Night, a Hitchcock-style thriller involving a putative terrorist plot to destroy parts of Paris, was released on June 15, 2009.

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Total Books: 37
The Gardener of Eden A Novel
2019 - The Gardener of Eden a Novel (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781643130040
ISBN-10: 1643130048
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

A Taste of Paris A History of the Parisian Love Affair with Food
A Passion for Paris Romanticism and Romance in the City of Light
A Passion for Paris Romanticism and Romance in the City of Light
2015 - A Passion for Paris Romanticism and Romance in the City of Light (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781250043153
ISBN-10: 1250043158
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.

Paris to the Pyrenees A Skeptic Pilgrim Walks the Way of Saint James
2014 - Paris to the Pyrenees a Skeptic Pilgrim Walks the Way of Saint James (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781605985565
ISBN-10: 1605985562
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, Travel
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.

Paris Paris Journey into the City of Light
2013 - Paris Paris Journey Into the City of Light (Audio CD)
ISBN-13: 9781482928518
ISBN-10: 1482928515
Genre: Travel

David and Jacko The Witch Child
2013 - David and Jacko the Witch Child (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781922237989
ISBN-10: 1922237981
Genre: Children's Books

David and Jacko The Zombie Tunnels
2013 - David and Jacko the Zombie Tunnels [Amharic Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781922159267
ISBN-10: 1922159263
Genre: Children's Books

David and Jacko The Janitor and The Serpent
2012 - David and Jacko the Janitor and the Serpent [Russian Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781922159175
ISBN-10: 1922159174
Genre: Children's Books

Forfrdelige Historier Min Far Har Fortalt Mig
2012 - Forfrdelige Historier Min Far Har Fortalt Mig [Danish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781922159441
ISBN-10: 1922159441
Genre: Children's Books

David Og Jacko Pedellen Og Slangen
2012 - David Og Jacko Pedellen Og Slangen [Danish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781922159458
ISBN-10: 192215945X
Genre: Children's Books

David och Jacko Gengngarens Undergng
2012 - David Och Jacko Gengngarens Undergng [Swedish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781922159649
ISBN-10: 1922159646
Genre: Children's Books

Horrible Stories My Dad Told Me
2012 - Horrible Stories My Dad Told Me [Punjabi Edition - Hindi Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781922159007
ISBN-10: 192215900X
Genre: Children's Books

01Tpomaktikee ietopie tor   mitamita mor
2012 - 01tpomaktikee Ietopie Tor Mitamita Mor [Greek Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781922159953
ISBN-10: 1922159956
Genre: Children's Books

Hadithi Za Kutisha Nilizo Simuliwa Na Baba Yangu
2012 - Hadithi Za Kutisha Nilizo Simuliwa Na Baba Yangu [Swahili Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780987350145
ISBN-10: 0987350145
Genre: Children's Books

Schreckliche Geschichten die mir mein Vater erzhlt hat
2012 - Schreckliche Geschichten Die Mir Mein Vater Erzhlt Hat [German Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780987350152
ISBN-10: 0987350153
Genre: Children's Books

Quiet Corners of Rome
2011 - Quiet Corners of Rome (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781892145925
ISBN-10: 1892145928
Genres: Travel, Engineering & Transportation

Food Wine Burgundy
2010 - Food Wine Burgundy [The Terroir Guides] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781892145758
ISBN-10: 1892145758
Genres: Business & Money, Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Travel, Crafts, Hobbies & Home

Paris City of Night
2009 - Paris City of Night (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781601110169
ISBN-10: 1601110162
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

Food Wine Rome
2009 - Food Wine Rome [Terrior Guides] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781892145710
ISBN-10: 1892145715
Genres: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Travel

Climate Change A Reference Handbook
2009 - Climate Change a Reference Handbook [Contemporary World Issues] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781598841527
ISBN-10: 1598841521
Genres: Reference, Nonfiction, Science & Math, Engineering & Transportation, Outdoors & Nature

2008 - Food Wine the Italian Riviera Genoa [The Terroir Guides] (Paperback)
2000 - Frommer's Irreverent Guide to Amsterdam [Frommer's Irreverent Guides] (Paperback)