Parisian Living

New Books on Paris for Spring 2020

by Lily Heise

As you can’t travel to Paris right now and you’re likely stuck inside, you can bring the city and France straight to your living room via these wonderful new books on Paris. With cookbooks boasting mouth-watering images, daring women from past and present, and Napoleonic intrigues, there’s something for everyone.

Left: A bartender pours orange-colored alcohol into a cocktail glass with a blue background behind the photo. The title of the book, Drinking French, crosses over the photo and background.
Right: A bright overlay of a charcuterie board that includes meats, slices of baguette, pickles, tapenade and radishes.
Top: Toa Heftiba / Above: David Lebovitz

Drinking French by David Lebovitz

Parisian expat icon, bestselling cookbook author, memoirist, and blogger David Lebovitz is back with his latest book, an in-depth and tantalizing overview of the drinking culture of France. From chocolat chaud to contemporary cocktails, Lebovitz presents 160 recipes (including some savory accompaniments) in this beautifully photographed doctrine on French beverages.

Left: Lindsey Tramuta, author of The New Parisienne: The Women & Ideas Shaping Paris, sits with a cup of coffee while smiling at the camera. 
Right: Cover of Lindsey Tramuta's new book, The New Parisienne: The Women & Ideas Shaping Paris
Joann Pai

The New Parisienne: The Women & Ideas Shaping Paris by Lindsey Tramuta 

The much-awaited second book of Parisian journalist and author Lindsey Tramuta may not be released until April 21, 2020, but you can already pre-order your copy. After featuring a wide range of Parisian innovators in her first book, “The New Paris,” Tramuta now turns her focus to the impact women are having on the city by profiling 50 creators, educators, visionaries, and activists. The well-researched and engaging book is a must-read for anyone interested in how Paris is evolving in the 21st century.

Left: Cover of Delphine Constantini's new cookbook, A Parisian Bistro: La Fontaine de Mars in 50 Recipes
Right: A fresh slice of tarte tatin, a recipe from the cookbook, is served on a plate with a spoonful of Isigny crème fraiche.
Delphine Constantini

A Parisian Bistro: La Fontaine de Mars in 50 Recipes by Delphine Constantini

Bring the flavors of one of Paris’s most beloved bistrots to your kitchen via this new cookbook. Located near the Eiffel Tower in the 7th arrondissement, La Fontaine de Mars has been serving delicious French classic dishes to locals and visitors alike since 1908, among them President Obama and Robert De Niro, who also contributed a foreword to the book.

Three Hours in Paris by Cara Black 

Bestselling author of the Aimée Leduc detective series, Cara Black shifts gears and characters in this new spy novel to be released on April 7, 2020. The thrilling story takes place in 1940 and revolves around a young American markswoman and a plot to assassinate Hitler. 

Left: Cover of The Queen's fortune by Allison Pataki
Right: Cover of Code Name Hélène by Ariel Lawhon

Code Name Hélène: A Novel by Ariel Lawhon

Another tale set during WWII and involving a strong and daring woman, this book is based on the real life and events of Australian socialite and spy Nancy Wake. A leader in the French Resistance deftly capable of evading the Gestapo, the spellbinding story will have you glued from page one.

The French Photographer by Natasha Lester

If you liked the bestselling book “The Paris Seamstress,” then you’ll certainly enjoy this new novel by Natasha Lester. Inspired by another true story of a courageous woman, this time model-turned-photographer Lee Miller, the book travels from 1942 and Miller’s arrival and work in France to modern times and a mysterious find at a French château.

Left: Cover of Paris On Air by Oliver Gee
Right: The French Photographer by Natasha Lester

The Queen’s Fortune by Allison Pataki 

In this romantic historical fiction, best-selling author Allison Pataki takes readers back to the turbulent days of the French Revolution and the rise of Napoléon Bonaparte via his lover Désirée Clary. It’s an intriguing and passionate tale, perfect for lovers of French history. 

Paris On Air by Oliver Gee

Many of you may know Oliver Gee from his popular podcast, The Earful Tower. In his first book, Oliver shares some surprising, entertaining, and culturally enriching experiences he’s had in his first five years in Paris through his podcast, working as a journalist, and in living life here to the fullest. The author’s first book, but definitely not his last, as Oliver’s curiosity is bound to lead him on many more inspiring adventures. The book will be released on April 30th, but is available for pre-order on Amazon here.

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Lily Heise

Lily Heise has been living in Paris for more than 10 years. When she's not getting into romantic mischief, she writes on dating, travel, and culture. Her writing has been featured in Frommer’s Guides, the Huffington Post, Conde Nast Traveler, City Secrets, DK Eyewitness Guides, and other local and international publications. She is the author of Je T'Aime, Me Neither, and Je T'Aime... Maybe? lively novelized memoirs on her romantic misadventures, and continues to share dating tips, stories and travel features on her blog View Lily Heise's Website

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3 comments on “New Books on Paris for Spring 2020

I love their store! I went by there a couple times when I was in Boston and kept going in just because of the displays and the window.

Thanks for the info.,

French Exit … novel by Patrick deWitt … movie is now being edited starring Michelle Pffiefer in the starring role … how come all the Parisian bloggers are either unaware or ignoring it ? If you want a copy I will send you one

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