There are several books about French living that have become our favorites, among them Vicki Archer's My French Life and Robert Arbor's Joie de Vivre. But there is one book that I rarely see mentioned: Bringing France Home, by Cheryl Maclachlan.
This book was part of the Bringing it Home series published in the 1990s and includes Bringing Italy Home and Bringing England Home, as well as the book on French living. The series is designed to show how to “incorporate the very best of another country's decorating, entertaining, and kitchen secrets into American homes.”
As I prepare to leave for France, I thought it might be fun to revisit this book and share some of MacLachlan’s observations with you. Over the next week or so I'll write about some of my favorite parts which include "How to Make a Bed," and "How to Set the Table" a la Française, her writing on French textiles, and the simple pleasures of French living.
I'd also love to hear from anyone who is familiar with the book, or knows of others like it.