Books & Cookbooks

Best Books for Francophiles

Best books for Francophiles

So you’ve had a look at my best gifts for French-loving cooks and got some nice ideas from that. But what if a book is the kind of gift you’re after? Here’s a selection of ten books that will delight the francophile on your list, books that transport the reader straight to Paris and around France, in exploration and celebration of French culture.

There’s going to be relatable stories, colorful characters, insightful comments, i-want-to-steal-this prose, laugh-out-loud moments, and of course, excellent food. Are you ready for this?

This is one in a series of themed gift guides I am publishing this week; here’s the complete list of my best gift guides.

The Food and Wine of France: Eating and Drinking from Champagne to Provence
By Edward Behr

The Food and Wine of France

For the past few years it has seemed fashionable to diss French cuisine, to call it dead or (worse! so much worse!) irrelevant. While I think it gave a certain sphere of our gastronomic scene a much-needed kick in the pants, the truth is French cuisine is inventive and exciting as ever. Edward Behr has written this book to make this very argument. From the founding editor of the top-notch independent magazine The Art of Eating, this is both an investigation and a travel journal, full of relatable stories and characters that teach and inspire.

When In French: Love in a Second Language
By Lauren Collins

When in French

Lauren Collins is the Paris correspondent for the New Yorker (I’ll let that sink in for a minute). She has lived in a few different countries, English-speaking and not, and is married to a Frenchman, Olivier. Her book is an exploration of the many ways in which language defines us in love and in life, individually and as a culture. It is supremely well written, with lots of off-beat turns of phrase that take make you laugh out in delight, and I was tickled by the material and observations she presents.

The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue des Martyrs
By Elaine Sciolino

The Only Street in Paris

Newly released in paperback, Elaine Sciolino’s book takes the reader on an enchanting walk down one of the most charming, and steepest, streets in Paris: rue des Martyrs. As a local — this is my hood! — I recognized all of its quirks, and learned some fascinating facts though her lively, engaging prose. A must-read for anyone who dreams of adopting a Paris street as their home. Now available in French as well, under the title: La Dernière Rue de Paris.

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The French Market Cookbook at $1.99!

The French Market Cookbook

My most recent cookbook, The French Market Cookbook, is currently on sale in its digital version at the incredible price of $1.99 until October 30! (North American readers only; see note below.)

The French Market Cookbook is a recipe book that celebrates the love story between French cuisine and vegetables, and the many colorful and ingenious ways we cook with the seasons in France.

I have poured my heart, soul, and favorite recipes into it, and have done extensive research to bring to you little-known regional market-driven dishes, such as the poor man’s bouillabaisse, the winter squash bastelles from Corsica, and the pascadous, which will become your new favorite way to cook assorted greens.

The book first came out a couple of years ago, and I have been immensely gratified by the feedback I continue to receive daily from readers, on social media and offline.

All the recipes are vegetarian, many of them are vegan or veganizable, and I have also prepared an index of recipes containing possible allergens so you can assess if the book is for you; just email me and I will send this index (a spreadsheet of recipe names and associated allergens) to you at no cost.

So if you’re ready to enrich your digital library of cookbooks with a title that has no equivalent — French vegetarian is an underserved niche! — you will find The French Market Cookbook wherever e-books are sold to North American readers, such as the following platforms (remember the sale ends on October 30!):

Note: This promotion is limited to US- and Canada-based readers as my publisher is American. I’d prefer to make it accessible to my international readers as well, but publication rights have strict limitations and it’s not up to me unfortunately. As someone who lives outside the US, I know it’s frustrating. I think the book is a great value at the regular listed price, too, but I may be biased. ;)

And while I’m at it, I wanted to share two other time-sensitive deals, accessible to all!

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Well Fed Weeknights: A Giveaway!

Well Fed Weeknights

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There is no one-size-fits-all in nutrition. It isn’t a popular thing to say because we all prefer quick fixes and overnight transformations. But the truth is, health is highly individual, and self-experimentation and self-discovery are the only pursuits that will get you anywhere.

I myself have an inclination toward vegetarianism; I turn to plant-based foods by default. However, when I have leaned too far in that direction, I have noticed I don’t do well relying so heavily on grains and legumes. And when I dabbled at a paleo style of eating* I realized that it may, in fact, be closer to what my system needs to thrive. (This explains all the paleo-friendly recipes in my archives.)

I am, however, an omnivore by taste and by trade, and I strive to find a happy middle ground between what my brain tells me I want to eat, what my body tells me I need to eat, and what the world tells me is available to eat. Day by day, meal by meal, I follow my appetite and try to stay in tune with how I feel.

But the common theme woven throughout is my insistence on real food, and no one is more on board with that than Melissa Joulwan, whose paleo blog is based on that very premise.

Burgers Well Fed Weeknights

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Modern Potluck: A Giveaway!

Modern Potluck

Have you ever been invited to a summer potluck and found yourself with a bad case of the cook’s block and no idea what to bring?

Former Food & Wine editor Kristin Donnelly has just released a cookbook for that very situation: in Modern Potluck: Beautiful Food To Share, she highlights perfectly shareable meals sure to impress at your next gathering.

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The French Market Cookbook: 2nd Anniversary Giveaway!

The French Market Cookbook

The French Market Cookbook came out just two years ago, and this anniversary is the perfect opportunity for me to thank those of you who bought the book. Your support and trust mean the world to me.

Two years after the release, I continue to hear such great feedback on the recipes and tips I’ve included, it fills my heart with a joy and pride I could only express by bringing over a batch of savory pebronata canelés for you (page 90), or maybe a peach and cardamom clafoutis (page 93), if you lived next door to me (and wouldn’t we have a blast? imagine!).

It has been so incredibly rewarding to hear about the meals you’ve cooked from the book, whether it’s by email, in person when I get to meet some of you, and on social media. Thank you so much for sharing (and don’t forget to tag your recipe pictures with #frenchmarketcookbook!).

To express my gratitude and celebrate this two-year anniversary, my publisher and I have five copies of the book to give away. You get to keep it just for yourself if you don’t yet own a copy, or treat someone to a special gift if you do (tell me whom you’ll give it to!).

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