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There isn’t a country that is more written about than France. From cookery books, to lengthy essays on how to emulate the elegance of Parisian women – every topic has been covered, multiple times. As much as it might seem over the top at this point, there is a reason why so many books are published about France every year: we can’t get enough! If, like us, you are obsessed with the hexagon, we have selected four of the best books to immerse yourself in France, from wherever you ar
A lot of us dream about buying an old chateau in France, doing it up and living happily ever after. Someone took the assignment to heart and started the research! Catherine Scotto decided to find out what was hidden inside beautiful French chateaux scattered all over the country. From Normandy to Provence, she introduces the reader to the owners of these historical landmarks, and invites us to visit some of these still unknown beauties.
Felicity Cloake embarked on a mission: to cycle around France to find the best croissant in the country. In her book, the journalist travels everywhere – from Alsace to Provence, trying (and scoring) not only croissants, but also local dishes and landmarks. A fun travel book that will teach you something about France through the eyes of a foreigner. That’s the kind of mission we can definitely get on board with.
A lot has been written about Parisian women but most books remain quite shallow. This book by Lindsey Tramuta sheds light on the real Parisian women shaping the city and its future. Featuring fifty activists from famous French author Leïla Slimani and journalist and feminist activist Lauren Bastide, to the city’s Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Tramuta presents the real Parisienne to the world, far from the over-used stereotypes.
Sometimes pictures are worth a thousand words. With this book, Assouline and François Simon invite us to lose ourselves in wanderlust and travel, if only in the mind, to the beautiful region of Provence. From crystalline water and endless lavender fields, to fresh bread dipped in peppery olive oil and stunning architecture, it’s easy to see why Provence is a place people dream about.
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- Missing Paris? Check out our list of The Best Books Set in Paris.
- Otherwise, transport yourself to France with art! Check out Where to Buy French Art.
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