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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)

Made in France, A Shopper's Guide

Made in France, A Shopper's Guide


by Laura Morelli

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

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. (FRN706, $24.95)

Michelin Green Guide Dordogne Berry Limousin

Michelin Green Guide Dordogne Berry Limousin


by Michelin Travel Publications

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

A thorough introduction to the region in the classic Michelin style. (FRN15, $21.99)

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)

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
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

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)

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Cave of Forgotten Dreams


by Werner Herzog

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 2011
  • DVD

Herzog was granted unprecedented access to Chauvet, home to cave paintings believed to be the oldest human artwork ever found, for this contemplative documentary. (FRN994, $27.98)

Stepping-Stones, A Journey Through the Ice Age Caves of the Dordogne

Stepping-Stones, A Journey Through the Ice Age Caves of the Dordogne


by Christine Desdemaines-Hugon

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

A leading expert on Paleolithic paintings, Desdemaines-Hugon brings insight and scholarship to this overview of the art and artistry of Font de Gaume, Combarelles, Rouffignac, Cap Blanc and Bernifall. (FRN911, $28.00)

The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages

The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages


by Alain Erlande-Brandenburg

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES

This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a brief chronology. (MED07, $15.95)

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)

At Home in France

At Home in France


by Ann Barry

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 247 PAGES

Subtitled "Tales of an American and Her House Abroad," this account of life in a small village in southwestern France is shot through with Barry's irony and New York outlook on life. (FRN215, $19.00)

Bruno, Chief of Police

Bruno, Chief of Police


by Martin Walker

  • MYSTERY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Convincingly set in rural France, Martin Walker's gripping whodunit, Perigord style, has a charming detective, an irresistible female police officer, a complex and timely crime and a marvelous sense of the cafes, markets, bakeries and people of the Dordogne. (FRN811, $15.95)

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)

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)

The Crowded Grave

The Crowded Grave


by Martin Walker

  • MYSTERY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 314 PAGES

Martin Walker deliciously introduces the archaeology of the Perigord, local controversies over foie gras and an international summit (not to mention a new love interest for Bruno, Chief of Police of idyllic St. Denis) in this savory fourth book in the "Mystery in the French Countryside" series. For more on the Dordogne and, of course, the books, see the excellent brunochiefofpolice.com. (FRA19, $14.95)

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