June 15, 2011

My Favorite Books about France and a Giveaway

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Being a life long Francophile, avid reader and cookbook addict lover means that my bookshelves are literally overflowing with books about France.

Books about French regions and travel, French cookbooks, French phrase books (which now pretty much just gather dust), Paris food guides, memoirs written by people living in France, French restaurant guides, French maps...
You get the idea.

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I have many, many favorites. If I had to narrow them down to just a few, these are the 10 that would be on my French themed Desert Island Books list.



Culinaria France [Paperback]

Culinaria France Because it is a well photographed, comprehensive guide to the gastronomy of France. And every time I crack it open, I want to jump in my car and go explore a new region.


A Goose in Toulouse: and Other Culinary Adventures in France

A Goose in Toulouse by Mort Rosenblum. Because it is all about delicious French food and I couldn't put it down.


French Farmhouse Cookbook

French Farmhouse Cookbook by Susan Herrmann Loomis. Because it was my "go to" cookbook when we first moved to France. I still use it all the time and and I could eat her recipe for Pizza Tart every day.


My Life in France

My Life in France by Julia Child and Alex Prud'Homme. Because it's Julia!


Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France

Quiches, Kugels and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France by Joan Nathan. Because it is written with such passion and I loved reading the stories behind the recipes.


French Cheese (Eyewitness Companions)

French Cheese (Eyewitness Companions) Do I really need to say why?


The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious - and Perplexing - City

The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious - and Perplexing - City by David Lebovitz. Because I could relate to so many of his stories about living in France and it made me laugh out loud.


Backroad Bistros, Farmhouse Fare

Backroad Bistros, Farmhouse Fare by Jane Sigal. Because it was one of the first French cookbooks I ever bought and because her Vin d'Oranges recipe continues to be a wintertime favorite.


A Culinary Journey in Gascony: Recipes and Stories from My French Canal Boat

A Culinary Journey in Gascony: Recipes and Stories from My French Canal Boat by Kate Hill. Because Kate's love for Gascony and passion for food are inspiring!

Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light

Paris, paris:  Journey into the City of Light by David Downie. Because it shared an entirely new Paris with me, making me love this amazing city even more.


Now about that giveaway. I had so much fun with the last one, I couldn't resist having another!

Recently a friend dropped off a bag of cookbooks at our house after a spring cleaning frenzy. Inside was a collection of regional French cookbooks that I couldn't believe she was giving away, yet was very happy to take off her hands, including a copy of another book that made it on to my list, At Home in Provence by Patricia Wells. (yes, I'm cheating...technically this is book #11...)

PATRICIA WELLS AT HOME IN PROVENCE: Recipes Inspired By Her Farmhouse In France

Now, while I would love to replace my battered, 15 year old copy, I would rather give the brand spanking new book to one of you.

It is the UK version, so other than little things like calling zucchini, "courgettes," and sea bass, "bonito," the book is basically the same. Also, all the measurements are in both US and metric.

What you have to do:
Simply leave a comment, including your email so I can contact you if you win. Comments will be closed promptly at noon Paris time on June 22. The winner will be chosen by a random number generator, then announced here.


Bonne chance!


Update: Congratulations to Yael!




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