We’ve had great luck with Rick Steves’ books for traveling in France. For getting excited before a trip, see one of the Eyewitness Books from DK publishing – “France” offers beautiful pictures and easy-to-read captions about the major sites, food and wine of each region.
If you’re interested in French cooking, here are a few cookbooks we like to use. From Julia Child, who introduced Americans to French cooking and cuisine, there is her classic series and autobiography. Patricia Wells, who has probably visited every bistro in France, her cookbook classics include our favorite, Bistro Cooking, with delicious basics that are easy to prepare. John Byrne’s book helps you create some easy, French-inspired meals. It has a recipe for crème fraiche to use back in the U.S. when you can’t find it at the local supermarket.