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.
The Most Beautiful Villages of Provence
With an excellent introduction to the history, culture, landscapes and pleasures of Southern France, this illustrated guide features 34 towns and villages across Provence from the Vaucluse to Bonnieux and Gordes, tranquil Alpine villages and southern vineyards.
Cathy Muscat (Editor)
Insight Guide Provence
This regional guide in the popular series, noteworthy for its color photographs and maps, includes a section of practical information and a pull-out color map.
Dana Facaros, Michael Pauls
Cadogan Guide Languedoc-Roussillon
Based in southwest France, Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls cover the sweep of the Mediterranean, from the Rhone Valley to the Spanish border, in knowledgeable detail.
Southern France Adventure Map
A detailed, full-color fold-up map of southern France at a scale of 1:465,000. Waterproof and tear-resistant, with points of interest and town location included in the index.
Marie-Helene Girard, Anny Monet
Lonely Planet French Phrasebook
This handy phrasebook focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler.
Made in France, A Shopper’s Guide
Both a fascinating history of France’s artisanal legacy and an insider’s shopping guide, the book includes: illustrations, maps, a primer on French shopping culture and craft festivals.
Lunch in Provence
A richly evocative blend of photographs, recipes, and literary and historical citations, this lovely book features 35 Mediterranean lunchtime recipes from three-star Michelin chef Jean-Andre Charial.
Mark Gregory Pegg
A Most Holy War, The Albigensian Crusade and the Battle for Christendom
As talented a writer as he is a historian, Pegg never loses sight of the drama of grand expeditions, heroic sieges and the panoply of village insurgents, kings and crusaders in this rousing tale of the battle for Christendom.
The Popes of Avignon, A Century in Exile
Grounded in the architecture and papal legacy of Avignon and the surrounding area, this engaging history sets the 70-year period of papal exile in the south of France against the context of Europe’s turbulent transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.
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.
The Yellow House
Gayford chronicles three turbulent months in the everyday lives of Van Gogh and Gauguin in Arles, where the two artists worked side by side in 1888. With 60 black-and-white reproductions.
A companion to all things Provençal, from bouillabaisse to lavender and vinaigre, by the British expatriate and Francophile Peter Mayle.
Living in Provence
Bringing together the region’s most remarkable interiors, classical and contemporary, this book paints a gorgeous picture of Provençal living.
A unique moment in 1970 brought culinary luminaries James Beard, M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, Richard Olney, Simone Beck and Judith Jones together in Provence. Discussions ranging from the development of taste to the future of food, recorded in the journals and letters of M.F.K. Fisher, are presented here by her great-nephew.
A Pig in Provence: Good Food and Simple Pleasures in the South of France
Marvelously frank about daily chores and the decidedly unglamorous business of raising goats and pigs, Brennan lards her earthy tale of the rural life with recipes, one per chapter.
A Year in Provence
The original best-selling tale of settling down in Provence, told with warmth and a great deal of humor. It offers a wonderful inside look at the charms and quirks of the people and the countryside of the south of France.
James attempts to capture the provincial spirit of France in this collection of magazine entries, originally published in 1884.
Patrick O’Brian’s bitingly funny novel of Dr. Alain Roeg, returned home to a family in crisis, beautifully evokes the Languedoc town of Saint-Feliu, where O’Brian made his home.
Death at the Chateau Bremont
When local nobleman Etienne de Bremont falls to his death from the family chateau, the town is abuzz with rumors. A lively whodunit steeped in the rich and romantic atmosphere of Aix-en-Provence.
William Rodarmor (Editor)
France, A Traveler’s Literary Companion
This collection contains literary gems from all corners of France by a select group of 20th-century French writers from Colette to Simenon.