Lucy Knisley is an illustrator, author and singer. As well as a maker of funny puppet videos, which you can see on youtube by searching her name.
Her book French Milk was written about her 6 week stint in France with her mother. She describes the food, the people, and all the places she went to. It's almost like a tour of the place without having to be there.
She doesn't hold back any details, even talks about how much she misses her boyfriend and briefly delves into the aspects of a relationship, which are seldom written about and rarely by a female author. But it is this aspect of her writing that makes one love her writing. It is real as real gets because she doesn't hold back her feelings on the matter, however briefly it is discussed.
Anyways, again, this is a travel book which sometimes uses french terms, so have a french-english dictionary handy.