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Traditions of Southwestern France: Sojourn in the Dordogne

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The Cave Painters

The Cave Painters

by Gregory Curtis

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

In this tale of art, paleontology and discovery, Curtis introduces the masterworks of cave art in France and Spain, visiting Altamira, Lascaux, Les Trois-Freres, Cosquer, Chauvet and others. (FRN620, $15.95)

The Road from the Past, Traveling through History in France

The Road from the Past, Traveling through History in France

by Ina Caro

  • HISTORY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 339 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

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. (FRN03, $17.00)

Eyewitness Guide Dordogne

Eyewitness Guide Dordogne

by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

This outstanding guide to exploring Southwest France features hundreds of color illustrations, local and regional maps and site diagrams. (FRN580, $25.00)

Dordogne Map D24

Dordogne Map D24

by IGN

  • 2010
  • MAP

Centered on Perigueux, this French-made map covers the Dordogne at a scale of 1:200,000. (FRN60, $9.95)

 
Lonely Planet French Phrasebook

Lonely Planet French Phrasebook


by Marie-Helene Girard | Anny Monet

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

This handy phrasebook focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. (FRN120, $8.99)

Families of the Vine, Seasons Among the Winemakers of Southwest France

Families of the Vine, Seasons Among the Winemakers of Southwest France


by Michael S. Sanders

  • FOOD
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 265 PAGES

A delightful, informative portrait of a venerable winemaking family in southwest France -- and the stylish, savory wines of Clos Triguedina -- by an American chef who lived in the region. (FRN479, $13.95)

French Provincial Cooking

French Provincial Cooking


by Elizabeth David | Julia Child

  • FOOD
  • 1999
  • PAPER
  • 524 PAGES

More than just a cookbook, in this influential classic, David includes a long introduction on the origins of food traditions in France, and asides on history, food traditions, literature and the pleasures of rural France. (FRN174, $18.00)

The Food of France

The Food of France


by Waverly Root

  • FOOD
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 450 PAGES

An evocative and beautifully written survey of French food. First published in 1958 and revised in the mid-1970s, the book covers the important regions of French cuisine by dividing them into domains of Butter (northern France), Fat (Alsace) and Oil (the south). (FRN17, $18.00)

Walnut Wine and Truffle Groves, Culinary Adventures in the Dordogne

Walnut Wine and Truffle Groves, Culinary Adventures in the Dordogne


by Kimberly Lovato

  • FOOD
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 247 PAGES

Lovato guides readers through the southwest of France via the menus, markets, restaurants and farms of the region. Featuring authentic recipes and lovely full-color photographs, this book will appeal to both travelers and cooks. (FRN867, $29.95)

A Traveller's History of France

A Traveller's History of France


by Robert Cole

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

This fast-moving survey covers the conquests of ancient Gaul through the heady days of revolution to modern times. (FRN08, $14.95)

Eleanor of Aquitaine and the Four Kings

Eleanor of Aquitaine and the Four Kings


by Amy Kelly

  • HISTORY
  • 1974
  • PAPER
  • 443 PAGES

A spirited, meticulously researched chronicle that recreates the life and world of Eleanor of Aquitaine in 12th-century Europe. A Harvard University Press Classic, first published in 1950. (FRN129, $30.50)

The Discovery of France

The Discovery of France


by Graham Robb

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

Winner of the 2008 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, Robb's erudite portrait, the result of time both in the library and on his bicycle, marvelously illuminates the rural byways, history and charting of France. (FRN770, $17.95)

Adventures on the Wine Route, A Wine Buyer's Tour of France

Adventures on the Wine Route, A Wine Buyer's Tour of France


by Kermit Lynch

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 271 PAGES

A delightful and warmly anecdotal book highly recommended for anyone touring the wine regions of France. Lynch brings the domains and appellations of French wine to full-blown life and his portraits of the grand personalities who make the wine are priceless. (FRN72, $19.00)

From Here, You Can't See Paris: Seasons of a French Village and its Restaurant

From Here, You Can't See Paris: Seasons of a French Village and its Restaurant


by Michael S. Sanders

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 322 PAGES

Sanders captures the routines and traditions of life in a small village in this warmly observed account of a year in the kitchen of La Recreation in Les Argues (Cahors). (FRN478, $13.99)

Black Diamond

Black Diamond


by Martin Walker

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 298 PAGES

In this third book in the series, Martin Walker interweaves the food and traditions of southwest France with a perfectly paced plot starring beloved police chief Bruno, which includes murder (Bruno's good friend and truffle hunting partner no less), gang fights, an epic war between father and son over the local sawmill, suspected arson and, most disturbing of all, apparent trade in counterfeit melanosporum. Beware, this book will have you planning your next trip to France. (FRN967, $14.95)

Deadly Slipper

Deadly Slipper


by Michelle Wan

  • MYSTERY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 301 PAGES

Wan crafts a suspenseful, elegant tale of food, romance and murder out of a search for a long-lost woman in the Dordogne. (FRN631, $15.95)

Death in the Truffle Wood

Death in the Truffle Wood


by Pierre Magnan

  • MYSTERY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

A deft mystery, combining humor, an atmospheric setting in rural Provence and murder. Magnan evokes the folkways and traditions of Banon, a heretofore quiet village devoted to truffles. (FRN671, $15.99)

France, A Traveler's Literary Companion

France, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by William Rodarmor

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

This collection contains literary gems from all corners of France--not just Paris--by a select group of 20th-century French writers from Colette to Simenon. (FRN767, $14.95)

French Feast, A Traveler's Literary Companion

French Feast, A Traveler's Literary Companion


by William Rodarmor

  • LITERATURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 248 PAGES

A wide-ranging selection of 30 short stories by French authors, each of which evokes food in its own way. A fascinating, kaleidoscopic portrait of France and French culture. (FRN970, $14.95)

The Dark Vineyard

The Dark Vineyard


by Martin Walker

  • LITERATURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

As in Walker's delightful debut, Bruno, Chief of Police (FRN811), this second novel is packed with food, wine and the glories of the French countryside. (FRN890, $14.95)

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