Eating and Shopping in France, A Kolibri Practical Guide to Lifestyle, Manners and Language
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The author of this book is an experienced linguist who has lived and worked in France for over 25 years. Pam Bourgeois created Kolibri Languages and has published a series of practical guides to lifestyle, manners and language. This resource is a beautifully illustrated, practical guide to 'what to expect and what you should know when eating and shopping in France.' It is clearly laid out and offers, on each double page, up to date cultural and language tips as well as key words. It is divided into three sections covering eating out, traditional food shopping and places not to be missed.
My adult students really enjoyed flicking through it and were attracted by its format. I used the section 'Le marché' in class and its idioms, tips and advanced useful phrases enabled me to differentiate effectively. The accompanying audio CD was well received by adult students in my beginners group who felt that it helped with their pronunciation.
However this guide is really designed for students' personal use. It is ideal as a support for those preparing a trip to France or can be used by students independently. As such it is an excellent resource and would be an ideal Christmas present for a Francophile. This is the first book in the Kolibri Languages Practical Guides series and with its choice of themes it is an ideal passport to the French lifestyle.
Languages Today, Issue 13, Spring 2013
Review by Sylvie Barlett- Rawlings, French teacher /
(Posted on 04/02/2013)
Learning long lists of vocabulary and conjugating irregular verbs isn't the highest form of fun when studying French, even for even the most ardent Francophiles. However, there is a way to combine the challenging-but-necessary elements of language learning with the more pleasurable aspects of France. The new title Eating and Shopping in France (Kolibri Languages, £17.95) might sound like the latest guidebook to l'Hexagone, but it is in fact a cleverly disguised French language textbook with CD. As well as guiding users through comprehension exercises, pop quizzes and verb tests, this nifty helper includes hints on French culture (including the politest way to cut your fromage), alongside useful words and expressions, anecdotes and idioms.
Review by France Magazine January 2013 no 172, p82 /
(Posted on 14/12/2012)
This is a beautifully presented book that would make an ideal gift for any Francophile. The photographs are luscious, so from the moment you open this book you are immediately in France; in a coffee bar, a brasserie, a market or a posh restaurant. Even if you love good food and French culture, but don't speak a word of the language you will still enjoy the book because every chapter captures that essential flavour of France and is brimming with useful information and interesting cultural tips.
If you are interested in improving your French, there are key words and phrases for every section as well as a CD to help you with the correct pronunciation.
I would also love to see similar publications for other European countries and collect a whole series.
Sue Kowzan, The Language Bureau
Review by Sue Kowzan, The Language Bureau /
(Posted on 11/10/2012)
(From the Foreword to Eating and Shopping in France)
My many years spent abroad as a French expatriate have taught me a thing or two. Firstly, learning about a new country, its culture, language and history is inseparable from experiencing its food, both regional and national. Secondly, this advice is never truer than for France, my home country, which boasts such an undeniable culture of culinary panache!
“Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es,” [Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are] wrote Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, a French judge, doctor, politician and… gourmand in 1826 in PHYSIOLOGIE DU GOÛT, still considered a bible of gastronomy. It was no surprise when, in 2010, UNESCO added “the gastronomic meal of the French” to the intangible cultural heritage list.
With simple, clear and down-to-earth tips, this practical guide will help you navigate through the richness of French culinary tradition and the variety of food and drinks that are quintessentially French. It will considerably enhance your understanding and your enjoyment of the social rituals of dining out in France, from the marrying of food and wine to the fixed structure of meals, the rich flavors of the terroir and the subtle manner in which you can trick your waiter into giving you the table you want, yes, that one by the window!
Preparing for a trip to France can be done in so many ways: studying French history, the political system, the economy (weeks of arduous reading), or by learning the language (years of study). This guide offers a crisp, well-written and amusing alternative which guarantees immediate gratification: eating your way through Parisian and regional foods as well as shopping for gifts and partaking in the traditional market scene, where famous farmers proudly display their artisan cheeses and their freshly picked produce.
With a large sampling of useful French sentences, historical anecdotes, drôle French sayings and intelligent insights, Eating and Shopping in France is a welcome passport to the French lifestyle. Embark on a new way to enjoy France! Love it, love its food!
Danièle Thomas Easton (from the Foreword to Eating and Shopping in France)
Former Honorary Consul of France in Philadelphia and Wilmington
Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (2007)
CEO of France-Philadelphie, consultancy for Franco-American companies and cultural projects
Review by Danièle Thomas Easton /
(Posted on 21/09/2012)