Books with a French Twist

By Kat La Mantia | September 11 2023 | AdultsGeneralAllGiftBlog

The land of lights, romance, and buttery pastries, France has a je ne sais quoi we just can’t get enough of. The art! The fashion! The effortless attitude of cool! Whether you’re a lifelong Francophile or you just love a good pain au chocolat, French culture has a following like no other.

From Paris to the Riviera, France is full of a lifetime of adventures for travelers to discover. Travel books like Paris Like a Local can help you get the most out of your French escape, while beautifully illustrated titles like All the Buildings in Paris and Timeless Paris allow you to revisit the City of Light without having to book another plane ticket.

But even if an international trip is out of budget, you can learn to dress, eat, and live like a local without ever leaving the country. Add a French twist to your wardrobe with The Parisian Field Guide to Men’s Style or Parisian Chic Encore. Get some design inspiration to bring your dream French chateau to life with Life in a French Country House or French Chateau Style. Learn to make indulgent desserts and classic, rich entrees with The Complete Book of French Cooking, and be sure to consult The New French Wine to complete your spread with the perfect wine pairing.

Explore more of our favorite books for Francophiles on our list below, and learn how you can be un petit plus français!

How to Be French
Eat Drink Dress Travel Love
Delve into the art of loving and living in every moment.
$19.95 US
Oct 31, 2023
5-1/2 x 7-2/3
216 Pages
Smith Street Books

Life in a French Country House
Entertaining for All Seasons
French tastemaker Cordelia de Castellane presents her inspirations and secrets to exquisite at-home entertaining and decor, organized according to the four seasons. 
$55.00 US
Oct 12, 2021
9 x 11
240 Pages

The Complete Book of French Cooking
Legendary chef Paul Bocuse described this essential guide as “an invaluable kitchen companion” for novice and established cooks.
$45.00 US
Sep 05, 2023
8-1/4 x 11
544 Pages

La Vie de Clare V.
Paris Chic/L.A. Cool
The debut book by fashion and lifestyle designer Clare Vivier, whose eponymous brand has expanded from her Los Angeles home base to become the epitome of bohemian American chic.
$75.00 US
Sep 12, 2023
8-1/2 x 10-3/4
256 Pages

Parisian Chic Encore
A Style Guide
In this extensively updated and augmented new edition of the New York Times best-selling Parisian Chic, Ines de la Fressange, the iconic Parisienne, and Sophie Gachet, Paris's fashion authority, share their personal style and beauty tips--gleaned from decades in the fashion industry--with humor and verve.
$29.95 US
Nov 12, 2019
6 x 9-1/4
240 Pages

Paris Like a Local

How to Drink French Fluently
A Guide to Joie de Vivre with St-Germain Cocktails [A Cocktail Recipe Book]
A cocktail book celebrating French conviviality with recipes featuring St-Germain liqueur.
$19.99 US
Jun 06, 2017
7 x 9
160 Pages
Ten Speed Press

The Parisian Field Guide to Men's Style
While the DNA of Parisian style for women has been dissected from all angles, this volume that offers a complete and practical guide to style for all men, as analyzed by Ines de la Fressange.
$12.98 US
Sep 01, 2020
6-1/4 x 9-1/2
240 Pages

A Year in the French Style
Interiors & Entertaining by Antoinette Poisson
The founders of Antoinette Poisson take readers inside their historic townhouse on the Atlantic coast to discover a style and art of entertaining rooted in French tradition and elegance.
$60.00 US
Oct 24, 2023
9 x 12-1/4
256 Pages

Timeless Paris
Ateliers Emporiums Savoir Faire
Artist and designer Marin Montagut takes readers inside twenty of his favorite quintessentially Parisian locations, seemingly untouched by time, that provide rich creative inspiration. 
$40.00 US
Oct 05, 2021
8 x 11
240 Pages

The New French Wine [Two-Book Boxed Set]
Redefining the World's Greatest Wine Culture
The first definitive guide to contemporary French wines and producers in a deluxe two-book package, from a two-time James Beard Award winner
$135.00 US
Mar 28, 2023
8 x 10
Boxed Set
864 Pages
Ten Speed Press

The Façades of Paris
Windows, Doors, and Balconies
Lively watercolors and ink drawings of refined facades draw a compelling portrait of Paris, where each building is accompanied by its delightful ornamental details.
$55.00 US
May 31, 2022
7-4/5 x 10-1/2
144 Pages

Upper Crust: Homemade Bread the French Way
An introduction to the French art of baking bread—including ingredient selection, starter cultivation, and bread-making techniques—with more than 100 recipes
$40.00 US
Nov 30, 2021
9-1/2 x 10-3/4
448 Pages

Robert Doisneau: Paris
New Compact Edition
This seminal volume—produced in close collaboration with his estate—is the official, most comprehensive reference of Robert Doisneau’s photographs of Paris.
$45.00 US
Mar 07, 2023
7-3/4 x 10
400 Pages

French Chateau Style
Inside France's Most Exquisite Private Homes
The doors of centuries-old French chateaux are thrown wide open in this sumptuous photographic cross-country tour. Readers will gain entry to a stunning array of stylish private homes within beautiful historic buildings,­ each one representing very different approaches to décor and preservation.
$55.00 US
Jun 07, 2022
8-2/3 x 12-1/4
240 Pages

Extraordinary Collections
French Interiors · Flea Markets · Ateliers
The art of collecting—from artist’s palettes still freckled with oil paint, to sculpted picture frames, to a menagerie of wooden toy animals—associating an accumulation of kindred objects is at the core of timeless French style.
$45.00 US
Oct 31, 2023
8 x 11
240 Pages

DK Eyewitness Paris Mini Map and Guide
A pocket-sized travel guide, packed with expert advice and ideas for the best things to see and do in Paris, and complemented with a sturdy pull-out map - perfect for a day trip or a short break.
$8.99 US
Aug 18, 2020
3-15/16 x 5-9/16
112 Pages
DK Eyewitness Travel

Paris Moderne
This broad survey of modernism—the most scintillating creative era in Paris—spans all domains: architecture, art, design, entertainment, fashion, film, literature, photography.
$65.00 US
Oct 17, 2023
8 x 9-3/4
356 Pages

French Blooms
Floral Arrangements Inspired by Paris and Beyond
This first book by Sandra Sigman, award-winning floral designer and owner of Les Fleurs, presents arranging flowers in the French style—bouquets that are chic and romantic.
$40.00 US
Mar 21, 2023
8 x 10
192 Pages

Creative Paris
Urban Interiors, Inspiring Innovators
Viewed from the streets, Paris is where true inspiration lies. But stepping inside--where real Parisians live, work, and create--makes the heart beat stronger.
$14.98 US
Feb 01, 2022
7 x 9-1/2
352 Pages

World Food: Paris
Heritage Recipes for Classic Home Cooking [A Parisian Cookbook]
Introducing World Food, an exceptional new series in the tradition of classic cookbooks that takes you on a journey to the world's greatest cuisines and the remarkable cultures they come from.
$26.00 US
Nov 16, 2021
7 x 10
224 Pages
Ten Speed Press

The French Art of Not Trying Too Hard
Sick of striving? Giving up on grit? Had enough of hustle culture? Daunted by the 10,000-hour rule? Relax: As the French know, it's the best way to be better at everything.
$23.00 US
Sep 08, 2020
5 x 7-1/2
240 Pages
Penguin Life