F is for France: A Curious Cabinet of French Wonders

US Edition

US Edition

Exploring a culture filled with arcane laws, historical incidents, and bizarre paradoxes, Piu Eatwell's follow up to her award-winning and critically acclaimed myth-buster They Eat Horses, Don't They is a delightful exploration of France's quirky, literary, and culinary heritage. 

From absinthe and catacombs to former French soccer player Zinedine Zidane, Eatwell leaves no stone unturned, taking readers off the beaten path to explore the kind of information that gets missed in guidebooks and 'official' information sources. Who could imagine, for example, that there is a village in France where UFOs are banned from landing? Or that there is a verifiable population of wild kangaroos in the forests surrounding Paris? 

These, and many other off-beat delights, are just some of the curiosities awaiting readers in this journey through byways and hidden treasures of this endlessly fascinating and paradoxical country. Full of the richness and variety of France beyond the platitudes, including recipes and charming illustrations, F is for France is an ideal gift book and a must-read for Francophiles and anyone with an interest in French travel and culture.

Read an excerpt from the book.


...will appeal to Francophiles as well as those wanting to learn more about France in a fun, informal manner.
— Library Journal

A delightful summer read.....the colourful and off-beat facts and figures will delight anyone with an interest in French culture
— eat.live.travel.write

One of the best books you can give to the Francophile on your list - a book that transports the reader straight to Paris and around France, in exploration and celebration of French culture.
— Clotilde Dusoulier, Parisian food writer and author of 'Edible French' and the food blog 'Chocolate & Zucchini'

From unusual laws to quirky snippets of history, from weird words to baffling mysteries, “F is for France” is an insight into France like no other
— The Local, France