Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach
The book that inspired BrocanteHome is the book I have given to every woman I love over the years because it is simply life-changing.
For every woman who knows there is something more and longs to live an authentic life.
Health Revolution by Maria Borelius
If you are looking for the answer to feeling fat and fed-up, then this is the one I recommend.
Its simple telling of how one woman solved her own health issues provides an inspiring guide for embracing an anti-inflammatory lifestyle.
Home Comforts by Cheryl Mendelson
If you buy only one guide to domesticity in your lifetime, then make it this one, because not since Mrs Beeton has there been a more comprensive guide to keeping house.
This really is the bible of good houskeeping and an essential companion to the Brocantehome way of life.
The Kitchen Diaries by Nigel Slater
A beautifully slow meander through one mans mealtimes over the course of a year. A book that feels like a friend and quite the loveliest meditation on what it is to really love food.
All my favourite recipes are in this one.
Waking Up In Winter By Cheryl Richardson
Getting older can feel oddly lonely, but in this daily diary we find a companion in Cheryl as she dwells on her life so far and the unique challenges we all face as we approach middle-age.
This is a book that made me feel that while age has its negatives, there is still so much joy in simpler pleasures.
First We Make the Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson
While I'm not sure this is a book for every woman, I cannot leave it off my list because for me it was the first time I read something that almost to the word described my own experiences with anxiety and how it can shape a life.
I keep it on my bedside and refer to it so very frequently.
An Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler
The book I credit with teaching me how to cook both frugally and nutritiously, is both an encouraging read and a no-fuss guide to making mealtimes matter.
Le Chic Cocoon by Jen Duchene
With the emphasis firmly on encouraging us to create a "selfish-space" , this unusual, witty book makes for a lovely companion on the road to layering your bedroom with love and seeking its sanctuary whenever life threatens to overwhelm you.
The Scent of Water by Elizabeth Goudge
I don't think I have ever read a novel that has given me more joy than this, jam-packed as it is with gentle domesticity and soul-improving insight.
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