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Corkscrewed, Adventures in the New French Wine Country
An American journalist living in the south of France, Camuto travels far afield from Bordeaux visiting new winemakers from the Alsace to Mayonnaise, Corsica and Burgundy for this celebration of the culture and diversity of French wine.
A World Lit Only By Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance, Portrait of an Age
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.
A Traveller's History of France
This fast-moving survey covers the conquests of ancient Gaul through the heady days of revolution to modern times.
Alsace, Lorraine Map 516
An up-to-date regional map at the very good scale of 1:200,000 published by Michelin.
A city map of Strasbourg at a scale of 1:10,000.
The Age of the Cathedrals, Art and Society 980-1420
French scholar Duby, writing very accessibly, describes both the great cathedrals and the philosophical, religious, and political climate that enabled them to be built in this classic.
Wine and War, The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure
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.
Michelin Green Guide Alsace, Lorraine, Champagne
A guide to Alsace, Champagne and Vosges in the classic Michelin style.
Cathedrals and Castles, The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages
This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a brief chronology.
The Food of France
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).
Adventures on the Wine Route, A Wine Buyer's Tour of France
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.