The Cave Painters
In this tale of art, paleontology and discovery, Curtis introduces the masterworks of cave art in France and Spain, visiting Altamira, Lascaux, Les Trois-Freres, Cosquer, Chauvet and others.
Eyewitness Guide Dordogne, Bordeaux & the Southwest Coast
This outstanding guide to exploring Southwest France features hundreds of color illustrations, local and regional maps and site diagrams.
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).
The Road from the Past, Traveling through History in France
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.
The Lost Upland, Stories of Southwest France
Three richly evocative stories of life in a Dordogne village by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Merwin, one of our finest living poets. Originally published in 1992, the book is steeped in history, food and personality.
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.
The Crowded Grave
Martin Walker deliciously introduces the archaeology of the Perigord, local controversies over foie gras and an international summit (not to mention a new love interest for Bruno, Chief of Police of idyllic St. Denis) in this savory fourth book in the "Mystery in the French Countryside" series. For more on the Dordogne and, of course, the books, see the excellent brunochiefofpolice.com.
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.
French Wine, A History
In this delicious overview, Phillips guides readers through 2,500 years of French wine history, covering how France's wine regions developed their unique personalities, the relationship of French wine with class, religion and gender and much more.
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Herzog was granted unprecedented access to Chauvet, home to cave paintings believed to be the oldest human artwork ever found, for this contemplative documentary.
Dordogne Map D24
Centered on Perigueux, this French-made map covers the Dordogne at a scale of 1:200,000.
Prehistoric Art in Europe
An overview of European prehistoric art, well-illustrated with black-and-white photos, line drawings and maps. This book places the cave art in southwestern France within the larger context of prehistoric art.
Paris to the Moon
Gopnik writes with candor and humor about Paris and Parisian ways in these charming reflections on adapting to life in glorious exile.
Five Quarters of the Orange
Joanne Harris (Chocolat, FRN484) delivers a novel filled with secrets and unresolved tragedy. Returning to the Loire village of her childhood, Franboise finds that her mother has been labelled a traitor for the WWII German occupation. Hidden among her mother's recipes are clues that will lead her to the truth.
Stepping-Stones, A Journey Through the Ice Age Caves of the Dordogne
This first work by Desdemaines-Hugon (a scholar of the art and artists of the Dordogne region) provides an intimate look at the artistry of Dordogne’s Paleolithic paintings and drawings and conveys the experience of coming face-to-face with Font de Gaume, Combarelles, Rouffignac, Cap Blanc and Bernifal.