Attention Francophiles

Do you long to escape to France but can’t quite get there? Well, these three books will transport you to France from their first pages. A wonderful combination of autobiographical accounts and photographs. A selection of French recipes also accompany the two Jane Webster titles.

Jane Webster recounts in At my French table: food, family and joie de vivre in a corner of Normandy and French ties: love, life & recipes her experience of buying a chateau in the Normandy countryside, restoring the chateau and daily life for her family in France. Webster juggles her time and family between Australia and France and finds herself loving both countries.

Still in France but now in Paris, A family in Paris: stories of food, life and adventure by Jane Paech recounts an Australian family’s stint in this magical city. The challenges of living in an unknown city with a very limited knowledge of the local language brings frustration but also lots of laughs. As the Paech family settle into their apartment, schools and a daily routine they gain a growing understanding & appreciation of the French way of life. A great insight into the culture, traditions, seasons and expectations of the French awaits anyone who reads this book.

Whether you are a Francophile or simply love an autobiography these books are for you.

And if you have a love of all things European then why not dive into Amanda Tabberer’s Amalfi Coast recipes? Tabberer has brought together a collection of Amalfi Coast chefs and cooks to contribute a selection of their favourite recipes. Each recipe is accompanied by a brief history of its origins and a biography of the chef. Wonderful photographs of the Amalfi Coast and also of the dishes will have you planning an Italian meal for tonight. Guaranteed!

Book reviews written by Julie – staff member at Broadbeach Branch Library.

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