Beauty and the Beast: The Man Behind the Myth

Chloe Govan pieces together the story of the real-life "beast", 16th-century courtier Petrus Gonsalvus, and discovers how his cruel treatment at the hands of...

Book Reviews: Critical Lives, Victor Hugo, by Bradley Stephens

The first English biography of the literary behemoth in over 20 years, in these troubles times of ours Critical Lives: Victor Hugo is the...

Exclusive Excerpt: “In the French Kitchen with Kids” by Mardi Michels

It's never too early to teach little ones how to whip up a feast French-style. And with Mardi Michels' easy as pie recipes, kids...

Book Reviews: Historic Houses of Paris, Residences of Ambassadors

Released at long last in compact format (well, as compact as a 376-page hard-bound coffee-table book can be), Historic Houses of Paris: Residences of...

Inspired by Nature: Château, Gardens and Art of Chaumont-sur-Loire

Ditched royal seat turned world-class art centre and host of the International Garden Festival, the Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire is the Loire Valley's comeback kid....

A Sparkling Gala for the American Library in Paris

The American Library in Paris recently celebrated its Gala dinner at the Bibliothèque Clément Bayard of the Automobile Club of France. This sparkling soirée...

Exclusive Recipes from Let’s Eat France! by François-Régis Gaudry and Friends

From timeless classics to a savoury twist on a sweet favourite, food critic François-Régis Gaudry and his band of cuisiniers share their guilty pleasures...

Book Reviews: Dior and his Decorators by Maureen Footer

As Christian Dior's friends, muses and (largely unrecognised) mentors, Victor Grandpierre and Georges Geffroy played quite the hand in shaping the couturier's empire and...

Book Reviews: The Sommelier’s Atlas of Taste

Don't be put off by the 'S' word: The Sommelier's Atlas of Taste is no hoity-toity wine bible preaching to the converted. Far from...

Remembering Balzac on the 220th Anniversary of his Birth

Debtor, caffeine addict and prolific writer, Honoré de Balzac has been all but forgotten by his beloved hometown of Tours. On the 220th anniversary...