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Demay, Layla & Watrin, Laure: Les Pintades passent à la casserole

(Calmann-Levy, October 2010, 416 pages)

The “Pintade” collection (Upcoming titles: Berlin, Madrid in March 2011)

A “3 in 1” book: a culinary expedition into the City of Lights and the Big Apple, a foodie’s guide and a gourmet cookbook.

“Tell me what you are eating, and I'll tell you what kind of Pintade* you are.” Such is the adage of Layla Demay and Laure Watrin who take to the kitchens of fellow chicks in Paris and New York, probing the depths of their cauldrons to penetrate the secrets of their soul. Paris and New York, cosmopolitan and cultural world capitals where, yes, hens do have teeth and are fed on grains of all sorts...

Laure, along the way, gets out her stilettos to have afternoon tea at an S&M club, while Layla clogs her arteries gorging on junk food. In a thorough investigation of a number of themes - families and mealtime, cooking and socializing, feelings and food, etc. - our feathered reporters meet with renowned chefs, amateur cooks, supermarket managers, VIP food gurus, cheesemakers and fishermen alike, to reveal their favorite recipes, dripping pans and all, for simple get-togethers with friends.

To top it all off, ten great chefs from Paris and New York (including Daniel Boulud, Mario Batali, Wyllie Dufresne, Inaki Aizpitarte, Adeline Grattard and William Ledeuil) join the fellowship of the fowl, offering up their own recipes, which all include pintade (or guinea fowl) in their list of ingredients.

Written by female journalists living on-site and set up like an advice column, the authors go behind the scenes of major world cities to give an insider’s view of the different slices of life.
About The “Pintade” collection

A pintade, which translates as ‘guinea fowl’, is neither a chick nor a turkey, not even a pheasant and definitely not a birdbrain. There’s nothing demeaning about this bird name. This fowl, native to Africa, symbolizes liberated women (contrary to chicks, a guinea fowl knows how to fly, though not very well!) and is the perfect representation of today’s woman: both serious and light, feminine and feminist…the woman who wants it all, who tries to juggle home and work life and stay on top of everything while claiming the right to indulge in frivolous things once in a while! The guinea fowl is an attractive bird who is fierce, gregarious, unruly, independent, and who makes a lot of noise…

Across the globe, whether in Paris, Buenos Aires, Beirut or Tokyo, women ask themselves the same questions, but the answers differ according to culture and geographic location. Love, seduction, sex, male-female relations, women’s place in society, in the working world, political freedom, children, body image, beauty, shopping, fashion…all of these themes are present in this collection and are addressed with multicultural flair, humour and a light spirit. For more information, visit: or

Layla Demay and Laure Watrin direct the collection Une Vie de Pintade and are the co-authors of Une Vie de Pintade à Paris (Calmann-Lévy) and Les Pintades à New York (Jacob-Duvernet). Journalist and author Layla Dema has lived in Manhattan for thirteen years. She has directed numerous documentaries on American society for French television. Journalist and author Laure Watrin lives in the Pré-Saint-Gervais near Paris. She was a reporter for RTL radio for twelve years.


Vallaud, Dominique: Nouveau dictionnaire d’histoire universelle

(Fayard, October 2010, 600 pages)

Take a stroll through the streets of any big city or just pick up a daily paper; the present everywhere is saturated by the past. Architecture, urbanism, street names, advertisements, signs, stations... Indeed, 24/7, the world over, history is beckoning.

In a concise yet highly-accurate dictionary conceived as an everyday reference work for the public at large, Dominique Vallaud gives us thousands of articles on the people, places and events that have shaped the history of the world.

In response to an ever-growing demand for understanding the actual physical impact of world events, the dictionary is enhanced by an innovative historical atlas: 32 pages of in-depth and highly-evocative maps, from the prehistorical era to the present day.

Dominique Vallaud holds a degree in history and is the author of Chronologie universelle (Marabout,1989) and Hommes politiques du XXème siècle (Marabout, 1991).


(Plon, June 2010, apprx 300 pages)

Boaster, braggart, adventurer, spendthrift, romantic and truculent are among the words that come to mind to describe this larger than life figure and this dictionary as well, one which reveals the man in all his diversity. Alexandre Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie: multi-faceted being, paradoxal figure who fit the descriptions of both popular author and genius, hesitating in real life between the social novel and vaudeville. He was a protean man who embraced all genres. Everything about him was disproportionately grand—the number of collaborators, of works, of volumes, and the scarcely negligible number of mistresses too.

Dumas is a veritable source of fascination for his readers. Once into the first pages of one of his novels, one is hard put not to read to the very end. This master serial writer, prolific author of «costume books», regularly dipped his pen in the pleasant euphoria of the writer who plays with history, immediately establishing a narrative complicity with the reader. His passion for recounting tales inevitably gave rise to exhausting intrigues, naturally involving uncommon individuals who were blessed with all the energy Dumas himself possessed. Just think of them, to cite only a few of his masterpieces: LES TROIS MOUSQUETAIRES, LE COMTE DE MONTE CRISTO, LE VICOMTE DE BRAGELONNE, LE CHEVALIER DE MAISON ROUGE, LA REINE MARGOT. The list of Dumas’s timeless works that never go out of style goes on and on.

Alain Decaux, member of the Académie française, is famous for his talent of breathing life into the stories of men and events, in person and on the page. Having held several government posts, today he is President of the Collège des conservateurs du domaine de Chantilly. He is the author or many best-sellers translated throughout the world, including L’AVORTON DE DIEU (2003), which has sold 150,000 copies and has been translated into ten languages. Alain Decaux discovered Alexandre Dumas at the age of eleven and has never left him since.
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