Five Books to Read about Provence

Renowned for its beauty and the diversity of its landscapes as well as its delicious cuisine – both tasty and sun-filled - Provence inspires and fascinates many authors, both French or foreign. Note to avid readers: here’s our selection of the five best books on Provence.
By Justine Fiordelli

Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, & the Reinvention of American Taste - Luke Barr

Intended for serious gourmets and simple food lovers alike, this book written by journalist Luke Barr presents a great story dedicated to the many American cooks who in the 1970s fell in love with French cuisine and then did everything to introduce it to America. Julia Child, James Beard, MFK Fisher, Richard Olney, Simone Beck and Judith Jones: learn who these big names who succumbed to the charm of French gastronomy really are!

Paris to Provence: Childhood Memories of Food & France - Ethel Brennan & Sara Remington

Ether Brennan and Sara Remington propose here a genuinely engaging book! Between memories of vacations spent in Provence, historical photos and favorite recipes that made a mark on them, the two childhood friends share their love for Provence, a region they’ll never forget.

Tender is the Night - Francis Scott Fitzgerald

The great classic of American literature, ‘Tender is the Night’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald is an autobiographical novel in which the author draws a frail and authentic portrait of the Côte d’Azur region, where he lived in the 1920s with his wife Zelda. In this book, Dick and Nicole Diver, the protagonists, who like to spend summer in the south of France, will be faced with painful differences of opinion resulting in a complex situation. A book not to be missed, featuring love, emotion and wonderful descriptions of southern France on the agenda!

A Year in Provence - Peter Mayle

The highest selling travelogue in Britain, ‘A Year in Provence’ by Peter Mayle tells the story of this British writer, previously in advertising, who fell madly in love with the landscapes of the Luberon in Provence, before deciding to settle there permanently with his family... A bestseller to discover or rediscover!

The Man Who Planted Trees - Jean Giono

For all those who want to escape, this novel is for you! Here Jean Giono conveys his love for nature and Provence through the ‘true’ story of the shepherd Ezeard Bouffier: a solitary man who spends his life planting acorns in Upper Provence so that his region may rediscover its greenery and coolness...

Five Books to Read about Provence
Five Books to Read about Provence

- Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, & the Reinvention of American Taste, Luke Barr
- Paris to Provence: Childhood Memories of Food & France, Ethel Brennan & Sara Remington
- Tender is the Night, Francis Scott Fitzgerald
- A Year in Provence, Peter Mayle
- The Man Who Planted Trees, Jean Giono


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