Fantastic Finds! Book Review



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                   “What on earth could be more luxurious than a sofa, a book, and a cup of coffee?”

~ Anthony Trollope

Yes, that is my bookcase. I live in a small apartment in the outskirts of Los Angeles and I still manage to have half of a wall taken up by books. Not to mention piles of books in my bedroom and home office. I am an avid reader and a major cookbook collector. Honestly, nothing makes me happier than cozying up on the couch and opening up the pages of a new book. Cookbook, juicy novel, mystery, autobiography and especially books discussing french culture are a good read for me!  I am the girl that would rather spend friday night in Barnes & Noble with a pumpkin spice latte skimming through novels, than out at a bar with a cosmo 🙂 I have added to my collection recently and no surprise here but many of my books are either cookbooks,classics, page-turning novels, and of course you will also find reads on the french culture.

I have just recently read two books discussing “the french woman.” I highly recommend them if you are a francophile like me or simply you just want a quick entertaining page turner.

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How to be Parisian Wherever You Are * Love, Style and Bad Habits

This book is written by four Parisian women and it reveals how the french women view men, food, style and it is exposed in a really dry, blunt, in your face kinda way. I really was entertained and probably finished this in the first two hours of my flight to Paris. Usually, books on the french are written by someone outside of their culture analyzing …however, this is up close and personal with the actual french women. They wrote it!

 Messages I loved from the book:

Save your sister’s number under the name Paul H (this was in regards to keeping a man guessing)

Embrace your inner snob. 

Don’t follow trends.

“I must have books everywhere. They’re the soul of a room- they reveal the taste, interests, and the secrets of whoever lives there.”
Diane Von Furstenberg
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I absolutely adored this book by Jennifer L. Scott. She writes about her experience living in France when she was a foreign exchange student. She really discusses her fascination with the french family she lived with, especially the lady of the house whom she refers to as Madame Chic. Everything from how the french are pencil thin and the reasons behind it, the style and the fact that most french women have a 10 item wardrobe…what?! This is a great book really about what the french woman can teach us on femininity, style and elegance.
Jennifer L. Scott has a “part 2” being released in November.
At Home with Madame Chic~ Becoming a Connoisseur of Daily Life
You can pre-order it here:
I will definitely be reading this one as I was so impressed with her first book. Anyways, off to pour a glass of red wine…I am planning to make something delicious tomorrow~ next post!
Have a fabulous Friday evening! xo

5 thoughts on “Fantastic Finds! Book Review

  1. Awesome.thanks for the information,and yes krista I too love cookbooks and lattes instead of bars.your life is rich sweetie.keep writing.im seeing your family tonight at your house

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  2. Krista, I’m so excited about your book suggestions. I’m going to read them. I’m with you on your Friday night preference! I made your pumpkin cookies today (I subsituted chopped walnuts for the cranberries…delicious). I also made your crustless quiche recipe. And I’ve been eating your salad recipe (that you blogged) for the past 3 days… Love all of your blogging! Always my favorite email of the day!
    Aunt Jenny


  3. I was lucky enough to find that first book at my local library and loved it! It was refreshing hearing from actual women who lived in Paris and I thought it was funny at times too. I just received At Home with Madame Chic and can’t wait to read it because her first book was so good. Have you read Entree Nous? It was the first book of this genre I ever stumbled upon and it opened my eyes to such a beautiful culture and lifestyle.


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