The Best Books On The Wine, Food, And History Of Perigord France

The Books I Picked & Why

Cafe Neanderthal

By Beebe Bahrami

Cafe Neanderthal

Why this book?

This is the most entertaining (and informative) book on archaeology, prehistory and the cave art of our early ancestors that I have ever read.


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Eleanor of Aquitaine

By Marion Meade

Eleanor of Aquitaine

Why this book?

This may not be the most scholarly book on this extraordinary woman; but it is by far the most readable on the only woman who married both a King of France and King of England, went on Crusade to Jerusalem, and civilized feudalism by sponsoring poets and minstrels and creating the idea of romantic love.


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Grape Expectations: A Family's Vineyard Adventure in France

By Caro Feely

Grape Expectations: A Family's Vineyard Adventure in France

Why this book?

A charming and delightful book on an Anglophone family's bold venture in buying a vineyard in the Bergerac region, making it work, and producing some of my own favourite wines.


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Life and Food in the Dordogne

By James Bentley

Life and Food in the Dordogne

Why this book?

James Bentley, a former Anglican priest, wrote this a generation ago but it remains a classic, with excellent recipes, by a man who really knew his stuff. I always keep it on hand.


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The Discovery of France

By Graham Robb

The Discovery of France

Why this book?

This is an extraordinary and powerful study of France over the last 250 years from the point of view of the people in the increasingly assertive regions, rather than from Paris. From the poor peasants who hibernated in winter to the strength of local cultures and languages, this is living history.


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