Penny Drue Baird

Interior Designer / France; United States / Dessins, LLC

Penny Drue Baird’s Book List

I have always had a very strong relationship with reading and with books. There are few pleasures as satisfying as browsing in bookstores and then curling up with a book. Throughout my life, I have rated very highly that late-night read, preferably with milk and great cookies. Although a Kindle/iPad is the apex of practicality when traveling (even more so for me because I travel for months and I can’t throw away any book), there is nothing like the feel and weight of a book in one’s hands. . . . View the complete text
6 books
Anthony Bourdain

I read this the year I lived in Paris full-time, before moving back to New York City two days before 9/11. These two facts led to my hibernating in my house for the next year. Today, I do dine in New York restaurants, but Bourdain’s message about what goes on in restaurant kitchens behind the scenes stays with me and I “look the other way.”

Gael Greene

My total food guru, I have followed Gael since I was a pup. For me, there is simply no one like her. Reading this book was a fun romp and I laughed aloud many times. A must for foodies.

Michael Pollan

An eye-opener. Green this, green that, Americans are singularly unaware of what is going on in the food industry or where we stand.

Douglas. J. Preston
Mario Spezi

I have always enjoyed a good mystery, starting with Nancy Drew. This true story reads more like fiction than non, yet knowing it is a true tale makes it all the more fascinating.

Penelope Rowlands

Having commuted back and forth between New York and Paris for the last ten years, what is obvious is true—visiting Paris is not even remotely related to living there. These incredibly sensitive essays strike right to one’s heart. They capture the essence of French life and have made me rethink more than one or two serious ideas about life.

Michael Steinberger

Any trained foodie and Francophile will be spellbound reading about all the very familiar places we love in France. Sternberger had me at “hello” when on the first page he speaks about his all-time favorite food treat in Paris—the praline millefeuille (napoleon) from Ladurée and Pierre Hermé. All who know me, know it’s been my number one favorite for the last few years.

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