Ed Vermillion wrote:What are your favorites?
I'm afraid they're long out of print, Ed, but I think Amazon can still get used copies of Mireille Johnston's <I>Cuisine of the Rose</i> (Burgundy) and <I>Cuisine of the Sun</I> (Provence). I love both books.
Julia Child's books are classics of our generation, sure, but as much as I admire her, I haven't warmed up to the books as much as some. To me, a lot of the recipes are very long and finicky even when they don't have to be. Although that being said, <I>Mastering the Art of French Cooking</i> is certainly a good book to have.
Patricia Wells is another good name to look for, both <I>Bistro Cooking</I> and <I>The Provence Cookbook</i>.
I'm not aware of any French cookbook that does for France what Marcella Hazan does for Italy, sadly. But if you could pick up either or both of Johnston's books mentioned above for a reasonable used-book price, I don't think you'd be sorry.
Have you tried searching the Louisville Free Public Library Website? You can order any book in the system and have it delivered to any branch for pickup. I very often use this to audition a cookbook before deciding if I want it enough to buy it. Save me a bunch o' bucks.