Thursday, October 31, 2013

Five Faves: Non-Fiction Francophile Books

There are times when a full-sized book list is just too much; when the Top 100, a Big Read, or all the Prize winners seem like too daunting an effort. That's when a short little list of books grouped by theme may be just the ticket.

Inspired by Nancy Pearl's "Companion Reads" chapter in Book Lust – themed clusters of books on subjects as diverse as Bigfoot and Vietnam – I decided to start occasionally posting lists of five books grouped by topic or theme. I call these posts my Five Faves.

Feel free to grab the button and play along.  Use today's theme or come up with your own.  If you post about it, please link back to here and leave the link to your post in a comment.  If you want to participate but don't have a blog or don't feel like posting, please share your list in a comment.


For this, my inaugural Five Fave post, I have five of my favorite nonfiction books about France. This is a mix of classic food writing, contemporary advice, history, and memoir by non-natives who enjoy France.

What are your favorite nonfiction books celebrating France or all things French? I keep a French Connections list and am always looking for additions!

Between Meals: An Appetite for Paris by A.J. Liebling

Entre Nous: A Woman's Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl by Debra Ollivier (reviewed here)

The Food of France by Waverley Root (reviewed here)

My Life in France by Julia Child (reviewed here)

A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle


  1. Sounds very inviting. I absolutely love France. Thanks for presenting some interesting reads about it.

    Marianne from Let's Read

  2. I like the idea of Five Faves--small, focused, digestible.

    Speaking of digestible, I love My Life in France, and I'm a big fan of Year in Provence (though I ended up liking the mini-series even better than the book).

    Between Meals sounds like the kind of book I would like as well. Love Paris--would love to visit there again...soon!

  3. great idea! by the way, if some of your francophile readers are interested, I have books available for free if you agree to post a review on your own site. see here:

    I also organize a reading challenge on Books on France:

    and have a weekly French meme:

  4. I love the idea and I will try to come up with a few lists. If I can ever find the time between work and reading and reviewing books. But you are correct .... five is a good number, not too hard to come up with.


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