About the author
Henrietta Heald is an writer and editor with a particular interest in travel, architecture, and interiors, whose most recent book has been shortlisted for two literary prizes. Her love of France dates from childhood, since when she has been a regular visitor to all four corners of the country, learning at first hand about its rich history, culture, food, and wine.
This celebration and distillation of the spirit of France provides a privileged glimpse inside 18 ravishing French homes, from chateaux to farmhouses, as well as the regions in which they are set, including Normandy, Brittany, the Ile de Ré, Paris, Provence, the Loire, and Bordeaux. The book also features insightful essays on many of the traditions and characteristics of French life, including pavement cafés, vineyards, classic French furniture and fabrics, regional food specialities, and more. Interspersed throughout the book are recipes for authentic French dishes and quotations from great writers and philosophers, designed to immerse you in the delightful culture and ambience of the French way of life.