Sorry I’m a bit late getting this posted today – it’s introspective and not terribly useful so I won’t be offended if you choose to skip and come back on Food Friday.
As mentioned in my About page, The Mister and I are toying with the idea of spending a year in France. Even if that doesn’t materialize, however, we will certainly be vacationing there frequently — our next trip to Paris comes up in June as a matter of fact. Therefore it only makes sense to learn the language to whatever degree possible for me.
I qualify this statement because I truly suck at languages (e.g. I’ve lived in the American Southwest for decades and only know the slightest bit of written Spanish, forget spoken). Having always been a quick learner in every other aspect of my life, it pains me to the core to feel so … well, stupid. Unsurprisingly, I tend to give up quickly. Knowing this, I’ve resigned myself to accepting my limitations and continuing to learn despite the inevitable frustrations.
That said, I began my journey with an audio CD series that I LOVELOVELOVE: French in 10 Minutes a Day.
Over the past several years Francophilia has become all the rage with scores of books written about how to eat, dress and act like a French woman. Bearing in mind that these books tend to use an archetype as the basis for their advice, following are my favorites of the lot thus far:
- Choosing the Simply Luxurious Life by Shannon Ables
- Entre Nous by Debra Ollivier
- Thirty Chic Days by Fiona Ferris
- The Madame Chic series by Jennifer L. Scott
- My Good Life in France by Janine Marsh
- The Bonne Femme Cookbook by Wini Moranville (while this is not a lifestyle book, the recipes are so amazing and easy to follow that I had to add it in)
Readers will undoubtedly note that I have not included the classic that arguably launched the genre, French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano. I have not picked it up yet but I did read her book French Women Don’t Get Facelifts. To be honest, it wasn’t particularly life-changing to me so I’m in no hurry to get the original.
What are your favorite Francophile-inspired books and other media?