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).
Lonely Planet French Phrasebook
This handy phrasebook focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
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.
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.
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.
France Centre Map 518
A colorful map of central France, including the Loire valley, Tours, Orleans and Bourges, at a scale of 1:200,000.
Marie Antoinette, The Journey
Fraser's authoritative, popular portrait of Marie Antoinette and the the court at Versailles.
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.
Eyewitness Guide Loire Valley
Visually rich, comprehensive, and practical, this guidebook is an excellent introduction to the history, culture and attractions of the Loire Valley. Highly recommended.
The Sun King
An opulent, celebrated biography of Louis XIV. Gracefully written in a witty, conversational style, Mitford's book brings Versailles to vibrant life.
The Discovery of France
Winner of the 2008 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, Robb's erudite portrait, the result of time both in the library and on his bicycle, marvelously illuminates the rural byways, history and charting of France.
Mont Saint Michel and Chartres
First published at the turn of the century, this classic work is a meditation on the medieval world as reflected through its most famous religious structures.
Catherine De Medici, Renaissance Queen of France
Frieda reclaims the story of this much maligned queen to reveal a skilled ruler battling extraordinary political and personal odds in this vivid, meticulously researched portrait of the woman and Renaissance Europe.
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.
In a Dark Wood Wandering, A Novel of the Middle Ages
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.
The Most Beautiful Villages of the Loire
An illustrated portrait of the region, its landscape, architecture, and people, featuring 275 color photographs and accompanying lively essays by Francophile James Bentley.
Paris in Mind
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.
Fodor's Paris' 25 Best
This shirt-pocket map and guide includes essential information on the city's history, highlights and sightseeing, ideal for a short visit to the City of Light.
Napoleon, A Life
Taking advantage of the recent publication of some 33,000 of Napoleon’s letters, bestselling author Andrew Roberts provides a more precise portrait of Napoleon than has ever been possible.
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.