Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Food, books and flowers ~

I have the most wonderful local library and sometimes when I see new books that sound interesting to me I go first to see if the library has them available. Often if they are not in their collection and they sound worthy they will buy them. Such is the case with these three books. 

The first is My Paris Kitchen, David Lebovitz. This is a beautiful book, it just feels good in the hands, and full of lovely antidotes and ideas for cooking in the Paris manner. It is just too good to pass up and I definitely want one of my own.

The other two, In a French Kitchen and The French Beauty Solution (do you see a theme here) are also great. In a French Kitchen has really made me think about a new way to look at food and the way I eat. It offers suggestions for honoring fresh ingredients and elevating the humblest meal into a treat. Her recipe for a blue cheese quiche sounds divine. The author, Susan Herrman Loomis has written several other well received books, most notably, On Rue Tatin.

The French  Beauty Solution is a detour from cooking. The author, Mathilde Thomas, is one of the founders of Caudalie skincare products, it is written in a practical manner and offers lots of suggestions and ideas for taking care of your skin. What I like is the emphasis on practical and low cost products that don't offer miracles but bring out the best in your appearance. She also has a nice section on do-it-yourself masks.

I think I am fated to buy these two books too.

About bringing out the camellias this year are amazing. I can't remember when they have been so lush, and the sizes are amazing. I have no idea what this one is called, it is very old and has become a small tree. I love the soft blush pink color. I just had to share it. This bouquet is really brightening up the office.

If you enjoy food, books and flowers I guess this is the post for you.

Thank you for visiting.


  1. Yes, I love books, and often use your strategy - check the book out from the library and it it's a 'keeper' then head for the book store. I love flowers, too. I saw my first camellia last weekend. It was a blush pink. This is a bit early for camellias up here, but we are having a mild winter. Your post is a lovely way to start the day.

  2. Food a few of my favourite things :) I try to limit the books I am reading to 3 at a time haha ~Heather

  3. What's not to love? Great recommendations. I have to check out more of the cookbook. The camellias remind me of my lovely mother in law who has passed on. She had the prettiest bushes outside the kitchen window.

  4. Wow. this post definitely was for me. I have French Women Don't Get Fat, both one and two, and love the way the French eat. Your blush camellias are lovely.

  5. This is such a beautiful post with the perfect combination of wonderful things. I too love the library and always have. ;)

  6. Your flowers are so beautiful and I love the name for it...blush!!!
    Thank you for the book suggestions. I'm interested in the French Beauty Solution. I like practical skin care (I'm not high maintenance). I hope you make the blue cheese quiche and let us know what you think!

  7. La cuisine, les livres et les fleurs, voilà du "sur mesure " pour moi!!! :)

  8. I'm catching up after being under the weather far too long. Somehow I missed this post before I got sick and I just had to say how much I agree that using the library is a great way to go. I do the same and so often enjoy books I wouldn't be able to buy all at once. Love the books you've shared.


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