Tuesday, March 05, 2013

le Festival du livre culinaire

Vendredi 22 fevrier Festival du Livre Culinaire

The day I arrived back in Paris, the 22nd I immediately ran to the Festival du Livre Culinaire at the Carrousel in the Louvre. The same space where many fashion shows take place and the Spa fair. Of course there are tons of famous chef cookbooks on view at the festival. 
There were antiquarian cookbook sellers too, some of my favorite..
Like this home cook book

  • There are far more kids cookbooks abroad than in the US evidently. No wonder French tastebuds are advanced if they learn to boil water while still in shorts.

  • There were gorgeous cookbooks of every region in the world on view...

    Attend any conference or fair in Europe and you'll see the attendees dragging wheelie suitcases. These are for all the heavy catalogs handed out. Who knew?
    Any cookbook expo has to have cooking demos.
    They were nonstop at the Salon du Livre Culinaire. Here a Japanese chef used every fin and scale in his presentation.
    My favorite book of the show was this lush guide to London tea salons, Tea Time: London's Best Afternoon Teas by reknown food photographer Jean Cazals.
    It brought back memories of past tea cups I have painted...
    It almost makes one want to rush off to the Eurostar and head for the nearest afternood tea with all the trimmings.
    Still one mustn't grumble. There are plenty of fine tea salons right here in Paris some with a view of the Eiffel Tower. All in all the Paris Cookbook Fair was a spendid event.


    1. Oh very pretty...looks like fun.
      Loving the London tea salon guide - Yum

    2. Wow... Books, Food, Tea, Paris.....Musing all this over a cup of tea.....Save me a table for a cup of tea at a tea salon in Paris.....Watercolor teacups are my cup of tea too.....! Save me a seat!

    3. Paris!cook books!
      sign me in!
      Buster sends love.

      1. Are you still drinking Mint tea in Morocco?

    4. Anonymous9:46 AM

      Love your posts! Always so beautiful--adore the furry ones as well.
      If i purchase Cara's book on itunes does that count? Desperately need a trip to Paris? Can't wait to read it. Keep the delicious photos and darling illustrations coming. Best, Julie

      1. Yes it's fine Julie
        Cara said the deadline was extended a bit. I think you can do it on kindle too
        The rules are in the sidebar link at the top
        Bonne chance toute!

    5. It seems that Paris has a festival celebrating everything! What a great way to spend a cold February day. x Katie

      1. You got it.There are soooo many festivals here...I'm in 7th heaven

    6. LOVE the little chefs in the second and third photos! Soooo cute!

    7. I love your opening sketch & the artwork after that. Great cover art.
      I like the room full of blonds, too :)

    8. Your paintings are soooo warm and personal. I LOVE looking at them :)

      1. Thanks so much la berge... I hope I get back to painting still life's and tea cups again
        I miss the serenity

    9. My tongue is dragging the floor over your teacups pairing! Speaking of watercolor, after completing day 2 of my all-day05days-in-a-row watercolor workshop, I have decided I lack the stamina to be a true watercolorist. Have to get up very early, no time for my walk or yoga, work all day, whew! I don't know how you do it!

    10. I ever wanted to be in Paris. I love that place. When I saw a movie, named - "midnight in paris", since then only I decided to visit there at least once. Thank you for sharing your experience.

      Finn Felton
      Kopi Luwak

    11. Carol,
      this is one wholly adorable post! I love the sketch at the top and your paintings. Your scenes are so ethereal and serene, as if right out of Baudelaire's dream voyage, "là, tout n’est qu’ordre et beauté,
      luxe, calme et volupté!"

    12. Love this post. What an event... Looks like a visual delight. I always love your teacup watercolors.

    13. What wonderful events you get to! I would so love to go to a Parisian cookbook festival, a cookbook event anywhere is exciting, but in Paris? That would be fabulous. As ever I feel that you have picked out the highlights for us. I love the look of that London book too. It looks divine.

    14. What IS it about cookbook graphics that just make you smile? Sounds like a wonderful event. And this is a delightful post!


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