Reading for the Road:
Books About Burgundy
We at The Slow Road answer to many names (wanderers, bon vivants, students of life) but first and foremost, we’re a group of dedicated travellers. We’ve put together reading lists, which include those books—from novels to great guidebooks—that have really opened up our favourite regions. Many of these works capture the special qualities of a particular region and will provide you a much deeper sense of history and its people.
Must-Read Books about Burgundy
Paris to the Pyrenees, A Skeptic Pilgrim Walks the Way of Saint James
As much a meditation on history and on what it means to be French as a traveler’s account (though it has that too), David Downie’s spirited book is haunted by the Gallic chieftain Vercingetorix (say that 10 times fast!), memorialized in the statue pictured above, and the Gallo-Roman forbears of modern France. On ancient trails through the forests of the rugged , they continued across the celebrated wine country of Burgundy and the centuries-old Via Podiensis on the Way of Saint James.
Long Ago in France, The Years in Dijon
A memoir of Fisher’s years in France in the late ’20s and early ’30s, a time of exuberant discoveries of the glories of French food and French culture.
Cathedrals and Castles, The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages Alain Erlande-Brandenburg This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a brief chronology.
Cluny, In Search of God’s Lost Empire Edwin Mullins Mullins (The Pilgrimage to Santiago) deftly explores the architecture, monks and abbots, long history and lasting influence of Cluny, a Benedictine monastery in Burgundy and the hub of one of the most powerful empires of the Middle Ages.
Dead in the Dregs Peter Lewis Sommelier and Napa Valley bar keep Babe Stern journeys from California to Burgundy, visiting cellars and tasting rooms from Beaune to Nuits-Saint-Georges in search of clues as to who may have killed prominent wine critic Richard Wilson, found dead in a vat of (very good) cabernet Sauvignon.