Hidden France: Memories of the Resistance in the Gers

More often than not I’ve found that detours can enrich our journeys, altering us in unexpected ways. I often take the roads less travelled, choosing the unpredictable instead of...

An Exclusive Excerpt from Mimi Thorisson’s Book, A Kitchen in France

There is a ferry that sails south from the town of Royan, on the Atlantic Ocean, to Le Verdon at the northern tip of...

Georges Simenon’s Paris: Following in the Footsteps of his Fictional Sleuth,...

No wonder Georges Simenon set most of the Maigret stories in Paris – 63 out of 75 of them in fact. Because Paris is...

Exclusive Excerpt: A Day at Château de Fontainebleau

A château with “the shape and colour of time”. Such lyricism may come as something of a surprise from Napoléon, but these were the poetic terms he chose...

Following Picasso on the French Riviera

The first question most people ask me about my novel, Cooking for Picasso, is usually, “Where did you get the idea for this story?”...

Interview with Author Jeffrey Greene of “Wild Edibles”

Jeffrey Greene was born and raised in New England. For the last 25 years, he has lived part of the time in Paris, and...

Book Reviews: Un jour à Vaux le Vicomte

Vaux-le-Vicomte, the resplendent castle built by Louis XIV’s superintendent of finances, Nicolas Fouquet, in the Seine-et-Marne département directly to the east and south east of Paris, is one of our favourite...

Exclusive Book Excerpt: The Spirit of Languedoc-Roussillon

The area of Languedoc-Roussillon maintains its proud tradition of resistance against northern authority. No other region, except Brittany, was as quick to resist central (Parisian) governmental directives....

The All-American Roots of the French Riviera

Madame Marianne Estène-Chauvin is a living, breathing embodiment of the Côte d’Azur. The proprietress of the Hotel Belles Rives, where Woody Allen’s recent Jazz...

Anne-Sophie Pic: Queen of French Cuisine

Anne-Sophie Pic represents the most recent generation of one of France’s most prestigious cooking dynasties. Inheriting the knowledge and experience of four generations of exquisite French cookery, she has...