'How pleasant it is to spend an evening in this way! I declare that after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.' No one made any reply. She then yawned again, threw aside her book, and cast her eyes round the room in quest of some amusement. — from Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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July 1, 2010

French Lessons

I've been peeking at the ideas and recommendations listed by some of the other participants in Paris in July, and I'm just going to make a petite liste of possibilities...

Reading
  • Denis Tillinac and Andre Renoux, Je me souviens de Paris (for the pictures, at least)
  • Adam Gopnik, Paris to the Moon (I loved Through the Children's Gate, his book about returning to New York, and I've been looking forward to this earlier book)
  • Julia Child, My Life in France (another book that I bought the second it was published and have been 'saving' for a rainy day or a special occasion...)
  • Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, The Most Beautiful Book in the World (contemporary French fiction)
  • Something by Colette
  • Cara Black, Murder in the Marais
  • Helen Constantine, Paris Stories
Recipes
  • Madeleines
  • Citron presse
  • Kir royale (an aperitif I 'discovered' on my trip to Paris)
Movies
  • Paris 36
  • Paris
  • Avenue Montaigne
  • La Vie en Rose
  • Le Divorce (I have the DVD, so maybe I'll watch it again)
This is just a start. I want to find other possibilities for reading, maybe more French than Americans-in-Paris...and other recipes. I have a couple of French cookbooks:  Pierre Franey, Patricia Wells, Chocolate and Zucchini, etc.  A bientot!

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