New travel guides - Food in France and wildlife in Brazil

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The Independent Online

New releases this month include a guide to fine dining at a snail's pace in France and a unique guide for ecotourists, which looks at 300 projects around the world where volunteers and holidaymakers can make a difference.

Go Slow France
Alastair Sawday, Sawdays

France is a country best enjoyed at a sluggish pace, and Sawday's latest release, Go Slow France, is a guide to 47 of France's most exquisite châteaux, B&Bs and hotels best suited to 'going slow.' The guide details the best places to find homemade and homegrown food produced with care and some encounters with the most unlikely of owners, including ex-hippie goat farmers, poets and left-leaning, basket-weaving aristocrats.

£19.99 / €23.98

Pantanal Wildlife, a Visitors' Guide to Brazil's Great Wetland
James Lowen

Pantanal wildlife is hugely diverse, encompassing 475 species of birds, 80 reptiles, 50 amphibians, more than 350 fish and 1,700 plant species thus far identified. This new guide explores ecology, conservation, what to see and where, alongside picks of local specialities and lodges.

£16.99 / €30.50 / $25.99 US release date May 18

Main Cities of Europe 2010
Michelin

The latest edition of this mammoth Michelin guide features 3,257 establishments (1,542 hotels and 1,715 restaurants) in 44 of Europe's greatest cities, including 341 Michelin-starred restaurants for travelers to enjoy.

€22.90 / $28.00 US release date May 10

Ecotourists Save the World
Pamela K Brodowski, National Wildlife Federation, Perigee

The guidebook focuses not on a specific country, but on a specific type of tourism. From the Fur Seal Project of the Earthwatch Institute in St. George Island, Alaska, to identifying and tracking wildlife in the Limpopo Nature Reserve, South Africa, the author details some 300 environmental and wildlife volunteer programs around the world.

€14.88 / $18.95

 

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