Our Favorite French Cookbooks of 2019!

This selection of books contains three culinary heavyweights and a winemaking trickster. Marvel at the first three–which include Alice Waters, Christophe Adam, and Alexandre Couillon–and laugh with the last.

Reading List

Because they bring people together and make sure that recipes are not forgotten, cookbooks are indispensable elements for families. Alice Walker’s The Art of Simple Cooking, the bestseller by the acclaimed leader of the Slow Food cooking movement, embodies this idea with its simple and inventive recipes that are always oriented towards good taste and respect for the seasons.

L’Art de la cuisine simple by Alice Waters, Actes Sud



Ma Bretagne by Christophe Adam

Christophe Adam invites us to rediscover the classics of Breton gastronomy and to dust off the traditional fars aux pruneaux, crêpes salées, and Kouign Amman with gusto!

Ma Bretagne by Christophe Adam, Alain Ducasse

Marine et Végétale by Jacky Durand et Laurent Dupont

This first work about Alexandre Couillon–the two-star Michelin chef from the restaurant La Marine (Noirmoutiers) elected “2017 Gault & Millau chef of the year”–Marine et Végétale primarily focuses on his personal and professional story, but also explores the contours of his unusual work and his intense will to work only with fresh high-quality products.

Marine et Végétale de Jacky Durand et Laurent Dupont, éditions de l’épure,

Grand cru déclassé by Gérard Descrambe et Dominique Hutin

This collection of humorous original wine bottle labels reflects the lifetime work of legendary winemaker Gerard Descrambe. A pioneer of organic wine, Descrambe’s hilarious and unusual labels for his various vintages appeared in magazines such as Hara-Kiri and Charlie Hebdo, making him a truly unique figure in the wine world. This book is a celebration of wine and the joie de vivre that defines it.

Grand cru déclassé by Gérard Descrambe and Dominique Hutin, éditions de l’Epure

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