Tuesday, December 10, 2013

gift guide BOOKS FOR THE FRANCOPHILE



I am a francophile from way back and I have slowly been building up my collection of french inspired books. I do all of my book shopping at the book depository. My daughter and I order from them all the time. Orders are received within a week unless they have to wait for the requested book to arrive. The book depository also ship for FREE. 

I have just received a few of these books for myself and look forward to reading over the holidays.


Written by a French-born and bred author, this book shows how to eat with balance and control. It combines memoir, wisdom, wit, delicious recipes, and French common sense. 

This is the book we've all (certainly every woman between 25 and 75) been waiting for. It is classy, chic, convincing, funny, wise, well-written and very timely. It's the ultimate non-diet book, which nonetheless shows us how to eat with balance, control and above all pleasure. Chuck out all the radical diet books, think about what you eat and why, and then enjoy eating the right things (and some of the wrong ones) intelligently, and in smaller portions. Eat, like a French woman, with your head not your stomach. Guiliano, French-born and bred, gets the tone absolutely right. She succeeds in that rare high-wire act of being really serious about her subject but without taking herself too seriously; manages to encourage and inspire and amuse, without being bossy or earnest. This is a book that will make you laugh out loud and yet have you following several of her practical precepts within days - everyone who reads it becomes evangelical (French women don't go to the gym, they climb the stairs). It combines just the right balance of memoir, wisdom, wit, delicious recipes, and French common sense. Guiliano emphasizes the virtues of freshness, variety, personal taste, enjoyment and, above all, portion control.


I am reading this one at the moment and I have also purchased as a gift for a friend. 

This inspirational and thought-provoking book, based on the author's journeys through France, delves into the differences between French and American women, revealing how French women, in order to attain happiness, know how to balance their lives and still make time for themselves. Original.


New York, London, Milan and Tokyo may be some of the most fashionable cities in the world, but one country seems to have won the award of the most wanted style: France, where women mix trendy and chic in way that appears effortless. Fashion writers Isabelle Thomas and Frederique Veysett explain the je nais se quoi of French style. Through interviews and witty quotes, renowned experts on French style, fashion stylists, editors, boutique owners and designers tell us all there is to know about the French fashion and elegance. Starring both celebrities and anonymous women met in the streets, richly illustrated by hand drawn illustrations and Veysett's striking photos, Paris Street Style is the inspirational fashion bible that will help you, no matter where you are from, develop an everyday style of timeless glamour, votre style francais.


I purchased this fabulous book a few years ago and refer back to it often.

Celebrity model Ines de la Fressange shares the well-kept secrets of how Parisian women maintain effortless glamour and a timeless allure. Her step-by-step do's and don'ts are accompanied by fashion photography, and the book is personalized with her charming drawings.


From the #1 "New York Times "bestselling "high priestess of French lady wisdom" ("USA Today") comes every woman's guide to navigating the world of work, living the good life, and savoring every minute of it. Mireille Guiliano, internationally bestselling author of "French Women Don't Get Fat" and former senior executive for Veuve Clicquot, uses her distinctive French woman's philosophy and style to share lively lessons, stories, and helpful hints from her experiences at the front lines and highest echelons of the business world. Guiliano offers every reader the practical advice she needs to make the most of work without ever losing sight of what is most important: feeling good, facing challenges, getting ahead, and maximizing pleasure at every opportunity.

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