I'm spending the semester in Lyon, France, and being separated from my shelf of cookbooks and food magazines (not to mention the recent news of Gourmet's passing) has made me hungry to go looking for some great French food tomes and serials.
So far, I've fallen in love with Elle à Table, which is a cooking/lifestyle magazine branch of Elle magazine that comes off as cool, approachable, and current. I love the compromise between planned messiness and meticulous styling.
Other than that (which only comes out every 2 months), I'm pretty clueless, and find myself facing two questions:
1) Any great French food/cooking/food writing magazines that anyone knows of? A lot of the magazines here come wrapped in plastic because of supplements, so I can't just leaf through like I would in the US.
2) Any great (but approachable) French cookbooks? I'm not a bad cook and I love to spend hours in the kitchen (aka I don't want any super-beginner cookbooks), but I don't really ever have time to do so as a college student, though I can appreciate intense cookbooks for their educational value and as inspiration. I've heard positive things about "Je sais cuisiner," but I may wait to buy the English translation for measurement reasons. I've got a book by Hervé This (Molecular Gastronomy: Exploring the Science of Flavor) already, and I love it, more for its scientific enrichment than its practical value, though I love the chantilly chocolat recipe!
Language isn't a problem, so if you've got any suggestions, I'd be happy to voraciously dive into any exciting French food media, reporting back if anyone is interested!