Mireille Guiliano is the former President & CEO of Veuve Clicquot. In other words, my idol. As a French native, she’s naturally well-versed in the language of vino and great food.
Last summer I started taking a strong interest in learning more about wine with the intent of becoming a sommelier. After doing some research on schooling, I quickly put the idea on the backburner after seeing the costs and time involved. BUT this is definitely something I would love to pursue in the future. For the time being I knew that there must be plenty of books on wine so I figured why not teach myself?
I Google-searched “books on wine” (lol) and this is one of the first results that popped up. I read Mireille’s first book “French Women Don’t Get Fat” in college and LOVED it. When I saw this book as a top result I immediately drove to Barnes & Noble to pick up a copy.
In “Meet Paris Oyster” Mireille discusses the French love affair with oysters & wine and its importance in French culture. She introduces her long time friend, Régis, who owns arguably one of the best oyster restaurants in France, Huîtrerie Régis – consider this added to my bucket list. The book is very brief, but she touches on everything from healthy-eating to winemaking to fashion to French history. As a pescatarian, it was so interesting to learn the health benefits of oysters. There’s bound to be something for everyone in this book which I love. One of my favorite elements of the book is that Mireille throws in a French phrase every now and then, so you get a mini language lesson as well. It actually inspired me to purchase Rosetta Stone in French – we’ll get into that another day.
“Meet Paris Oyster” is the perfect poolside summer read and also makes for a chic coffee-table book. If you’re not inspired to go out for oysters and wine after this, then au revoir to you.
I am all for keeping bookstores alive so head over to your nearest Barnes & Noble or purchase your copy online here!
What are some of your favorite summer reads? Let me know in the comment section below!
Photography by Rebecca Rollolazo.