My Life in France by Julia Child
Another book that has been around for ages but that I've just gotten to, this memoir is every bit as delicious as the recipes Julia Child perfected. Having seen "Julie and Julia," I was familiar with a bit of Julia's biography, but this book renewed my admiration for her bravery, persistence, and immense talent. Julia's lively spirit infuses this story of her struggle to master the art of French cooking, and how she shared that mastery with the rest of us.
A Fine Romance: Falling in Love With the English Countryside by Susan Branch
A must-read for any Anglophile, this book is part love story, part travel guide. It's filled with pretty photos, charming illustrations, clever quotes, and yummy recipes. Susan shares her journey over the Atlantic on the Queen Mary 2, and throughout England including stops at Beatrix Potter's farm and Jane Austen's home (be still my lit-loving heart!). Seriously, it is my dream vacation, all packaged up in a sweet little book. Until I can make it there, this book is a wonderful substitute.
I've got a long list of books I want to read this summer, but if you're looking for a book that will transport you to another time and/or place, I recommend any of the above. Happy Reading and Bon Voyage!