Friday Face Off: Cold

Friday Face Off

The Friday Face-Off was originally created by Books by Proxy:
each Friday, bloggers showcase book covers on a weekly theme.
Visit Lynn’s Books for a list of upcoming themes.
Please visit also Tammy at Books, Bones & Buffy,
thanks to whom I discovered this meme.

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This week, the theme is “anything cold and seasonal“.
I hate the cold and the snow, so I hesitated actually starting this week with this meme.
I also had a hard time finding a cover with anything cold in my recent reads.
BUT then, I saw it:

La Panthère des Neiges, by Sylvain Tesson, that I read last May.
It’s actually perfect, as the movie/documentary on it just came out two days ago in France!

Here is the French trailer, and the English one (coming out in English on December 22). The French trailer is so much more beautiful – aesthetically speaking.

In English, the book was translated as The Art of Patience: Seeking the Snow Leopard in Tibet.
I prefer the original French title in the book, as it focuses really on what it is all about, whereas in English we focus on the human attitude needed to enjoy the animal.

The book is fabulous and gorgeously written. I felt like crying all along, because of the beauty of nature, and the depth of the thinking.

Here is the official synopsis:
“A journey in search of one of the most elusive creatures on the planet.
Adventurer Sylvain Tesson has led a restless life, riding across Central Asia on horseback, freeclimbing the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame, and traversing the Himalayas by foot. But while recovering from an accident that left him in a coma, and nursing his wounds from a lost love, he found himself domesticated, his lust for life draining with each moment spent staring at a screen. An expedition to the mountains of Tibet, in search of the famously elusive snow leopard, presented itself as a cure.
For the chance to glimpse this near mythical beast, Tesson and his companions must wait for hours without making a sound or a movement, enduring the thin air and brutal cold. Their lookout becomes an act of faith–many have pursued the snow leopard for years without seeing it–and as they keep their vigil, Tesson comes to embrace the virtues of patience and silence. His faith is rewarded when the snow leopard, the spirit of the mountain, reveals itself: an embodiment of what we have surrendered in our contemporary lives. And the simple act of waiting proves to be an antidote to the frenzy of our times.
A celebration of the power and grace of the wild, and a requiem for the world’s vanishing places, The Art of Patience is a revelatory account of the communion between nature and the human heart. Sylvain Tesson has written a new masterpiece on the relationship between man and beast in prose as sublime as the wilderness that inspired it.”

If you are looking to offer a unique book, this is it!
Before you get the chance to read it, enjoy these covers from around the world.

Which one is your favorite? Why?

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To zoom on the covers on a computer, right click and choose “Open image in new tab”,
then you can zoom as needed.

My favorite cover is #10, Snežná leopardica – the Slovak edition.
The focus of the picture is really on the animal. This Snow Leopard is beautiful, it’s in movement, and the totally white background is a good evocation of the snow.

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Next week will be warmer:
“All things fire – red hair, red covers, fire breathing dragons, simply fire?”

The Hands On French Cookbook Excerpt

The Hands On French Cookbook

The Hands On French Cookbook:
Connect with French through Simple, Healthy Cooking,
by Elisabeth de Châtillon

(nonfiction: Healthy Bilingual French Cook Book and Language Book – French and English)

 Release date: 6/2/2021
144 pages
Hands on French



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If you think French food is complicated, decadent, and heavy, think again! If you think learning and exploring another language is difficult or boring, think again! And if you think cooking French food and learning French at the same time is impossible, teacher and home cook Elisabeth de Châtillon is here to prove you wrong. It might sound too good to be true, but The Hands On French Cookbook is full of healthy, simple French recipes that you can make for friends and family while you learn not only the French language but also a little bit about French culture in a relaxed, fun, tasty way.

The Hands On French Cookbook: Connect with French through Simple, Healthy Cooking is a unique cookbook that offers healthy and simple French recipes while introducing French language and culture to English-speaking cooks and readers. This cookbook, written in French with English translations (plus digital recordings in French), will be for children aged 9+ and adults with varying levels of cooking and language skills. 

Ten French recipes include five main dishes and five desserts, prepared with seasonal vegetables and fruits plus other simple ingredients. Enjoy a nutritious and savory “Salade niçoise au quinoa” (“Niçoise Salad with Quinoa”) with fresh green beans, juicy grape tomatoes, and dotted with olives, followed by a simple “Clafoutis aux abricots” (“Clafoutis with Apricots”), a delicious flan flavored with moist fruits to tempt a sweet tooth!

Each detailed recipe features variations, including alternative ingredients for special diets, plus the chef’s ideas, twists and tips. For instance, try almond meal or rice flour for gluten-free diets; or almond, rice or soy milk for dairy-free ones. The chef’s chatty commentary entertains readers and reflects fun facts about French culture and history in “D’où vient…?” (“Where does … come from?”) and “Qu’est-ce que c’est ?” (“What is it?”).  

To follow each recipe, readers start with bilingual lists of ingredients, utensils, and command verbs (action words such as “mix”, “pour” and “bake”), then continue with step-by-step instructions. The vocabulary list and command verbs help second language learners absorb new vocabulary and language conventions through TPR (Total Physical Response), a proven language learning tool, which uses commands and specific body movements, the same way that readers learned their native tongue.

Since it is a multifaceted book, The Hands On French Cookbook will benefit a broad audience, including French students and teachers as well as parents of curious children, health-conscious cooks, vegetarians, and anyone interested in learning about French language and culture in a fun and engaging way. It is beaucoup de fun!

Author’s Note:
I chose 10 recipes especially for your cooking as well as language lessons. Cooking the recipes will help you actively learn the language: “What the hand does, the mind remembers…” My favorite quote from Maria Montessori. That is why this book has been inspired by TPR (Total Physical Response), a fun, hands-on teaching tool that allows you to learn a language by incorporating specific physical tasks with commands. It’s the same way you learned your native language through looking, listening, responding and doing. You can make this cookbook your own. Learn actively some French at your own pace while cooking simple and easy recipes to follow. By the way, since it is a bilingual book in French and English, French readers will also learn English words and phrases.

Last but not the least, I wanted readers to hear how to pronounce the French words and phrases, so I recorded myself reading the main recipes in French. To listen to the recordings that go with this book, please visit This will help you practice the French pronunciation as you read this book at your own pace.


★★★★★ The most yummy book I have read this year. Cook and learn French at the same time! — Emma at Words And Peace

“A perfect book for anyone who’d like to recreate the flavors of France in their own kitchen, while improving their language skills.” —Linda Lappin, award-winning writer and writing teacher

★★★★★ “This is such a good idea. Lovely, mouth watering recipes written both in English and French. What an exciting way to learn French! Such a great idea. The verbs, top tips and photos all mix together to make a very novel way to learn how to cook, whilst also learning some French. Fantastic!!!” —Jackie Oldfield, Educator 

★★★★★ “The Hands On French Cookbook is magnifique! Author Elisabeth de Châtillon’s background in education is clear as she takes her readers through the mechanics of how they can learn French while cooking the simple but delicious recipes.” –Hall Ways Blog

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The Hands On French Cookbook_Elisabeth de ChâtillonElisabeth de Châtillon
was born in France, has an MA in Education and Marketing,
and has taught extensively in both the USA and Europe.
She is also an accomplished home cook
who enjoys sharing her love for French cooking
by feeding her family and friends simple, good food.
was born from her combined love of teaching and cooking
—and a desire to share that love and knowledge.
When Elisabeth isn’t working or cooking,
she likes stepping on her yoga mat,
meditating, swimming in the ocean and lakes, walking in the beautiful outdoors, and traveling.
She currently lives in Nashville, TN, with her husband, Ron, and Minou, her bilingual cat.

To find our more, please visit her website.
Follow her on Facebook, on Instagram, or on LinkedIn


Nonfiction November 2021: New on my TBR

Nonficnov 2021

#nonfictionbookparty: Instagram Daily Challenge
Click on the logo to see the detailed schedule

Here is the topic for Week 5 (Nov 29-Dec 3):


Hosted by Jaymi at The OC Book Girl

It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books!
Which ones have made it onto your TBR?
Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book

This month, I have read about all kinds of fascinating nonfiction books I didn’t know about.
17 (!!) of them told me I should really read them! I listed them here below in the alphabetical order of the book blogs where I found them. Congratulations to Erin at Still Life, With Cracker Crumbs.., who managed to add 3 books on my TBR!!
Thanks to all who participated, it’s always an event rich in many discoveries.
It was also great to post everyday on Instagram thanks to Jaymi who organized the #nonfictionbookparty


1. In the Shadow of Vesuvius: A Life of Pliny, by Daisy Dunn

Entering the Enchanted Castle (in a comment on my post about graphic nonfiction):

2. Stitches, by David Small
3. El Deafo, by Cece Bell


4. The Border: A Journey Around Russia Through North Korea, China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Norway, and the Northeast Passage, by Erika Fatland
5. Ultimate Visual History of the World, by Jean-Pierre Isbouts

ReaderBuzz (in a comment on my post about graphic nonfiction):

6. Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World, by Pénélope Bagieu
–  not only added to my TBR, but already checked it out at my library!

Reading in Bed:

7. Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now, by Jaron Lanier

Reading, Writing, Working, Playing:

8. What It’s Like to Be a Bird: From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing—What Birds Are Doing, and Why, by David Allen Sibley

Secret Library Book Blog:

9. Keeping a Nature Journal, 3rd Edition: Deepen Your Connection with the Natural World All Around You, by Clare Walker Leslie
–  already checked it out at my library

Still Life, With Cracker Crumbs…:

10. The Private Life of the Hare, by John Lewis-Stempel
Wintering: A Season with Geese, by Stephen Rutt
12. World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments, by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

The Intrepid Arkansawyer:

13. A Place in the Woods, by Helen Hoover

Volatile Rune:

14. The Morville Hours, by Katherine Swift

What Cathy Read Next:

15. Les chats de l’écrivaine, by Muriel Barbery

What’s Nonfiction ?:

16. You Bet Your Life: From Blood Transfusions to Mass Vaccination, the Long and Risky History of Medical Innovation, by Paul A. Offit

And I also added this one, seen on a Netgalley email – and now received:

17. After the Romanovs: Russian Exiles in Paris from the Belle Époque Through Revolution and War, by Helen Rappaport

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