Recommended Reading

books“If you can read, you can cook.” – Julia Child

French Cookbooks & Recipe Collections


“Anyone can cook in the French manner anywhere,” wrote Mesdames Beck, Bertholle, and Child, “with the right instruction.”And here is the book that, for more than forty years, has been teaching Americans how …

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With beguiling recipes and sumptuous photography, A Kitchen in France by Mimi Thorisson (from the blog Manger) transports readers to the French countryside and marks the debut of a captivating new voice in cooking …

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For her second book, Mimi Thorisson offers a captivating journey to off-the-beaten-path French wine country with 100 simple yet exquisite recipes, 150 sumptuous photographs, and stories inspired by life in a small village in Médoc … 

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From French author and cook Béatrice Peltre (from the award-winning blog La Tartine Gourmande) comes a beautiful book, focusing on everyday foods (all gluten-free) to share with family and friends …

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This is not the Paris you know from restaurants or movies or the trip you took 15 years ago. This is modern day Paris, as told through the lens of David Lebovitz’s Paris kitchen.  

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Clotilde Dusoulier (from the blog  Chocolate & Zucchinis) takes us through the seasons in 82 recipes—and explores the love story between French cuisine and vegetables.

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 With more than 1,400 recipes, Ginette Mathiot guides the reader through all the classic recipes and techniques of French cooking (which provide the building blocks for so many other cuisines) with a clear and authoritative voice.

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Rachel Khoo moved to Paris, studied patisserie, fell in love with the city, became a restaurateur in a very tiny space, then, a television star, and is now a bestselling author!

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Based on Emily Dilling’s popular blog, this exciting book takes readers on a tour of Paris’s growing artisanal and craft food scene: local farmers, coffee roasters, craft brewers…

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Life Memoirs and Food Stories from France 


My Life In France In her fascinating memoir, Julia Child reveals  she was not always a master chef. Indeed, when she first arrived in France in 1948 with her husband, Paul, she spoke no French and knew nothing about the country itself…

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Jacques PepinThe man whom Julia Child has called “the best chef in America” tells the story of his rise from a frightened apprentice in an exacting Old World kitchen to an Emmy Award winning superstar. 

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on rue tatin Susan Loomis arrived in Paris with little more than a student loan and the contents of a suitcase to sustain her. But what
began then as an apprenticeship at La Varenne École de Cuisine evolved into a lifelong immersion in French cuisine and culture …

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the sweet life in paris Like so many others, David Lebovitz dreamed about living in Paris ever since he first visited the city in the 1980s. Finally, after a nearly two-decade career as a pastry chef and cookbook author, he moved to Paris to start a new life…

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a year in provence n this witty and warm-hearted account, Peter Mayle tells what it is like to realize a long-cherished dream and actually move into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the remote country of the Lubéron with his wife and two large dogs …

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a goose in toulouseWending his way through the French countryside, Rosenblum takes readers on a tour of France. In Paris, he finds Alain Ducasse, with six Michelin stars, hard at work building an haute cuisine empire. He visits a snail rancher, oyster rustlers, and the fabled Chateau Petrus … 

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Food Photography & Blogging 


 Helene Dujardin (from acclaimed blog Tartelette) shows us …shows us how to make food look good – before it tastes good- , exploring tips and techniques used by the pros… 

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 Dianne Jacob is a renowned Canadian journalist and food-writing instructor. ‘Her book is the must-have for every foodie who wants to put pen to page—or hands to keyboard.

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The only thing better than cooking and eating is talking about it! Combine your two loves—food and blogging—with this ultimate guide for food bloggers everywhere. 

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