A Tiny Peek into Michelin's Guide

The bible of French eateries is finally letting the public in -- ever so slightly -- on how it anoints select chefs. It's even going online

Forget fusion food and New World wines. French cuisine is still all about tradition. And for the past 102 years, Michelin's Guide Rouge has been its bible. Gourmands flip through the 1,764-page tome -- a catalog of more than 10,000 places to eat and sleep around France -- to find the real gems, the 520 starred restaurants. "The Guide has become part of France's cultural heritage," says Edouard Michelin, the 39-year-old head of parent company Compagnie Générale des Etablissements Michelin.

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