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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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Companion Guide Burgundy

Companion Guide Burgundy

by Robert Speaight | Francis Pagan

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 385 PAGES

A personable district-by-district guide to Burgundy, this intelligent (and very British) book interweaves maps, some illustrations and plenty of opinionated detail regarding local geography, history and culture. (FRN73, $34.95)

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)

Cathedrals and Castles, The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages

Cathedrals and Castles, 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)

Burgundy Map

Burgundy Map

by Michelin Travel Publications

  • MAP

An up-to-date regional map, including Dijon, at the scale of 1:200,000 published by Michelin. (FRN84, $11.95)

 
French or Foe?

French or Foe?


by Polly Platt

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 292 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

With humor, directness and great insight, this compact book is an expert and entertaining guide to the French and how to get along with them. The expanded third edition addresses France's romance with cell phones and includes a short chapter of recent vignettes. (FRN54, $16.95)

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 Burgundy / Jura

Michelin Green Guide Burgundy / Jura


by Michelin Travel Publications

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 469 PAGES

A thorough introduction to the region in the classic Michelin style. (FRN164, $21.99)

Long Ago in France, The Years in Dijon

Long Ago in France, The Years in Dijon


by M.F.K. Fisher

  • FOOD
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 159 PAGES

A memoir of Fisher's years in France in the late '20s and early '30s, a time of exuberant discoveries of the glories of French food and French culture. (FRN21, $13.95)

The Cook and the Gardener, A Year of Recipes and Writings from the French Countryside

The Cook and the Gardener, A Year of Recipes and Writings from the French Countryside


by Amanda Hesser

  • FOOD
  • 1999
  • HARD COVER
  • 632 PAGES

An American cook in Burgundy records her recipes and growing fondness for a very French gardener in this narrative cookbook. It includes 250 recipes and some fine observations on local people and places. (FRN85, $35.00)

The Wines of Burgundy

The Wines of Burgundy


by Clive Coates

  • FOOD
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 1007 PAGES

Coates introduces the villages, vineyards and vintages of the celebrated region, analyzing climatological effects and profiling the top wines by year, climate and region. With 43 pages of maps showing every wine estate. (FRN645, $68.95)

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)

Speak the Culture France

Speak the Culture France


by Andrew Whittaker

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 295 PAGES

This helpful guide with a sense of humor provides an overview of historic and contemporary French culture, including literature, performing arts, fashion, communications and, of course, food. (FRN885, $24.95)

The Most Beautiful Villages of Burgundy

The Most Beautiful Villages of Burgundy


by James Bentley | Hugh Palmer

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1998
  • HARD COVER
  • 224 PAGES

Divided geographically, this handsome book is an illustrated portrait of the region, its landscape, architecture and people. With maps, a travel guide and 260 photographs. (FRN80, $40.00)

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

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)

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)

The Secret Life of the Seine

The Secret Life of the Seine


by Mort Rosenblum

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 290 PAGES

After losing his Paris apartment, Rosenblum, a born storyteller, takes to a houseboat moored on the Seine. The result is this entertaining tour of the places and people he encounters during his explorations along the river. (FRN48, $17.50)

In a Dark Wood Wandering, A Novel of the Middle Ages

In a Dark Wood Wandering, A Novel of the Middle Ages


by Hella Haasse

  • LITERATURE
  • 1991
  • PAPER
  • 594 PAGES

With a cast of thousands including Joan of Arc and the Dukes of Burgundy, this 1949 historical novel renders the political intrigue, people and texture of 15th-century Europe and of medieval court life during the Hundred Years War. (FRN86, $21.95)

Travelers' Tales France

Travelers' Tales France


by James O'Reilly | Larry Habegger

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 528 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

A wonderful collection of mostly contemporary tales, including such marvelous authors as Peter Mayle, M.F.K. Fisher, Mort Rosenblum, Ina Caro and Jan Morris. Organized thematically, it's a good introduction to the history, culture and character of France. (FRN05, $18.95)

The Botanist and the Vintner, How Wine Was Saved for the World

The Botanist and the Vintner, How Wine Was Saved for the World


by Christy Campbell

  • SCIENCE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 314 PAGES

In this witty book Campbell interweaves a dramatic tale of the devastation of vineyards in 1860's France with French cultural history and a tale of the mad scramble by scientists (along with witches, priests and mystics) to discover the cause and cure. The French were none too pleased that salvation (as well as the disease) came in the form of American root stock. (FRN497, $14.95)

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