While every day is a good day for reading, summer seems to be the absolute best time of year to lounge around with a good book. Here are my most recent book acquisitions!
The New Paris by Lindsey Tramuta
While the French are known for being staunchly traditional, this book explores the new wave of “outside of the box” thinkers and innovators in the City of Light who are changing the cultural landscape in regards to food, shopping, art, and everything in between. A must-have if you love Paris, or if you want to plan a trip to this magical city that doesn’t revolve around tourist attractions.
French Country Cooking by Mimi Thorisson
Mimi Thorisson gave up a glamorous city life to move to the Medoc, a beautiful, rural part of France full of mushroom-bearing forests and some of the world’s best vineyards. A follow up to her first book, A Kitchen in France, this book documents her family’s move to a new house and the subsequent opening of her pop up restaurant and workshop series. The recipes are great, but you’ll fall in love with the photography, all done by her husband, Oddur.
Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong by Jean-Benoit Nadeau & Julie Barlow
An expat friend of mine recommended this book to me, which helps a non-French person (like myself) take a deeper look into traditions and social “quirks” that make the French the way they are. National holidays, political discussions, and protests are all touched upon in this entertaining and informative book, and will make you rethink the way you understand French culture.