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.
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.
Author: Michelin Travel Publications
Description: An up-to-date regional map, including Dijon, at the scale of 1:200,000 published by Michelin.
Companion Guide Burgundy
Author: Robert Speaight, Francis Pagan
Description: A personable district-by-district guide to Burgundy, this intelligent (and very British) book interweaves maps, some illustrations and plenty of opinionated detail regarding local geography, history and culture.
Eyewitness Guide Paris
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: Gorgeous, well-illustrated and filled with maps, this compact book provides an excellent overview of the French capital, its history, traditions and sights.
Fire in the Blood
Author: Irene Nemirovsky
Description: Nemirovsky explores the passion of youth and ties of family in this exquisite short novel set in rural Burgundy in the years before WWII.
Food Wine Burgundy
Author: David Downie
Description: Downie's highly selective guide to Burgundy's authentic eateries, culinary traditions, wine, wineries, food artisans and gourmet shops.
In a Dark Wood Wandering, A Novel of the Middle Ages
Author: Hella Haasse
Description: With a cast of thousands including Joan of Arc and the Dukes of Burgundy, this 1949 historical novel renders the political intrigue, people and texture of 15th-century Europe and of medieval court life during the Hundred Years War.
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.
Long Ago in France, The Years in Dijon
Author: M.F.K. Fisher
Description: A memoir of Fisher's years in France in the late '20s and early '30s, a time of exuberant discoveries of the glories of French food and French culture.
Author: Borch Maps
Description: A sturdy laminated map of the city center at a scale of 1:12,000 and all of Paris at a scale of 1:15,000.
Paris in Mind
Author: Jennifer Lee (Editor)
Description: With selections spanning 300 years, this wonderful anthology reflects America's long connection to Paris and the French. The 30 American writers tapped include Benjamin Franklin, Ernest Hemingway and David Sedaris.
Paris to the Moon
Author: Adam Gopnik
Description: Gopnik writes with candor and humor about Paris and Parisian ways in these charming reflections on adapting to life in glorious exile.
Paris to the Pyrenees
Author: David Downie
Description: David Downie's spirited book is haunted by the Gallo-Roman forebears of modern France. On ancient trails through the forests of the rugged Morvan, they continued across the celebrated wine country of Burgundy and the centuries-old Via Podiensis on the Way of Saint James.
Shadows in the Vineyard, The True Story of a Plot to Poison the World's Greatest Wine
Author: Maximillian Potter
Description: A Vanity Fair correspondent relates every seedy detail in this true crime story. When a Burgundy vinter refused an offer of extortion, his priceless vineyards were poisoned.
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 Gothic Enterprise, A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral
Author: Robert A. Scott
Description: An enthusiast, Scott delves into the history, design, architecture and wonder of Europe's medieval cathedrals and great Abbey churches.
The Most Beautiful Villages of Burgundy
Author: James Bentley, Hugh Palmer (Photographer)
Description: Divided geographically, this handsome book is an illustrated portrait of the region, its landscape, architecture and people. With maps, a travel guide and 260 photographs.
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 vintners of France saved their crops -- and their bottles -- as the Nazis approached, focuses on the activities of five winemaking families in Burgundy, Alsace, Champagne, Bordeaux and the Loire Valley.
Wines of Burgundy Map
Author: Institut Geographique National
Description: A colorful, detailed map of important vineyards within the Burgundy region. Produced by French cartographers and written in French. One-sided. Scaled at 1:55,000.