Suggested Reading List
A Traveller's History of France
Author: Robert Cole
Description: This fast-moving survey covers the conquests of ancient Gaul through the heady days of revolution to modern times.
A World Lit Only By Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance, Portrait of an Age
Author: William Manchester
Description: Organized into sections on the Renaissance, Reformation and Discovery, Manchester's popular history evokes in vivid detail the great figures and daily life of the 16th century, including Henry VIII, Magellan, Borgia, da Vinci and Martin Luther.
Adventures on the Wine Route, A Wine Buyer's Tour of France
Author: Kermit Lynch
Description: A delightful and warmly anecdotal book, highly recommended for anyone touring the wine regions of France. Lynch brings the domains and appellations of French wine to full-blown life, and his portraits of the grand personalities who make the wine are priceless.
Birds of Europe
Author: Lars Svensson
Description: Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second revised edition of this exquisite guide has been brought up to date with revised text and maps.
Description: This magnificently detailed city map includes a separate 68-page index. 1:13,000.
Bordeaux, A Consumer's Guide to the World's Finest Wines
Author: Robert M., Jr. Parker
Description: Parker's wine bible, organized geographically, includes every chateaux in Bordeaux.
Cadogan Guide The Dordogne, Lot & Bordeaux
Author: Michael Pauls, Dana Facaros
Description: A comprehensive guide to the region from Bordeaux to Toulouse with detailed information on cultural attractions, history and travel planning.
Cathedrals and Castles, The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages
Author: Alain Erlande-Brandenburg
Description: This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a brief chronology.
Eyewitness Guide Dordogne
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: Featuring hundreds of color illustrations, local and regional maps and site diagrams.
France, A Traveler's Literary Companion
Author: William Rodarmor (Editor)
Description: This collection contains literary gems from all corners of France--not just Paris--by a select group of 20th-century French writers, from Colette to Georges Simenon.
Lonely Planet French Phrasebook
Author: Marie-Helene Girard, Anny Monet
Description: This handy phrasebook focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
Made in France, A Shopper's Guide
Author: Laura Morelli
Description: Both a fascinating history of France's artisanal legacy and an insider's shopping guide, the book includes illustrations, maps, a primer on French shopping culture and craft festivals.
The Autumn of the Middle Ages
Author: Johan Huizinga
Description: A pioneering work of social and cultural history, this well-translated classic is a richly detailed portrait of life, thought and art in 14th- and 15th-century France and the Netherlands.
The Finest Wines of Bordeaux, A Regional Guide to the Best Châteaux and Their Wines
Author: James Lawther
Description: Master of Wine Lawther gives readers inside knowledge of 90 chateaux of the Bordeaux region, covering the winemakers, properties, history and, of course, the wines.
The Food of France
Author: Waverly Root
Description: An evocative and beautifully written survey of French food. First published in 1958 and revised in the mid-1970s, the book covers the important regions of French cuisine by dividing them into domains of Butter (northern France), Fat (Alsace) and Oil (the south).
The Road from the Past, Traveling through History in France
Author: Ina Caro
Description: Time travel through France by way of its finest castles, chateaux, cathedrals and monasteries. This unusual travelogue is an invaluable companion for traveling in Paris, southern France, the Dordogne and the Loire Valley, combining personal observation with large doses of well-presented history.
Wine and War, The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure
Author: Donald Kladstrup
Description: This thrilling account of how the vinters of France saved their crops -- and their bottles -- as the Nazis approached shows that to be French is not just to fight for your country but also for your wine. Kladtsrub, who writes for Wine Spectator, and his wife Peatie, the authors focus on the activities of five winemaking families in Burgundy, Alsace, Champagne, Bordeaux and the Loire Valley.