Subtitled “A Curious Cabinet of French Wonders”, F is for France is the follow-up to the author’s previous award-winning book They Eat Horses, Don’t They? and is filled with trivia about a variety of interesting and bizarre French topics. From the A’s of absinthe to Z’s of Zinedine Zidane and the entire alphabet in between, Eatwell shares tidbits of information on countless aspects of this unique and, at times paradoxical, culture. More than just the knowledge that this might help you win a trivia pub night one day, this book includes illustrations, lists and recipes as well.
Whether you read it straight through from cover to cover or flip around and find the topics that you are particularly interested in, you’ll definitely learn something random and new. I began reading it from the beginning, but found myself skimming the topics I didn’t have as much interest in and devouring the sections that I was fascinated by. Given the areas of interest I usually am drawn to, it should be of no surprise that I found the part about the catacombs, death (and famous last words), the Eiffel Tower and UFOs particularly intriguing. On Paris alone, there are a number of pages dedicated to random facts about the City of Light, including where the famous nickname the “City of Light” came from! While I’m not surprised that Paris is one of the top 5 most visited cities in the world, I’m actually quite surprised that NYC didn’t make that list.
F is for France is a fascinating reference book for those who love learning trivial facts about the lesser-known aspects of one of the most visited countries in the world.