Thursday, May 03, 2012

French Girl's Books

 I sent a desperate email to French Girl in Shanghai,
 Sometimes you can't see the forest for the trees.
The COOKIES were in French Girl's book case (still full) holding up her books.
 U R what U read.
French Girl reads many cookbooks including Jill Colonna's Mad About Macarons.
 I asked her about this one -
The Principle of the little penguin.
It's a book to calm you down.
Oh :O
 Fr Girl is a big fan of cookbook author, Sophie Dudemaine.
So is chef Marthe!
 Elle Magazine is every French girl's bible no matter her age.
Never ever throw one away!
R U kidding?
 French girls in general LURVE these aroma bougies/candles.
 Diptyque ('Baies' is Fr Girl's personal flavor).
 Diptyque bougies serve many purposes.
Wall decor for one. Along with Repetto bags.
No wonder Fr Girl had a fit when I tried to throw mine out.
 When the candle burns down it makes a perfect brush holder. I bet FG has enough of these empties to have a big drinks soiree.
 By the way, just in case you think I'm nuts for noticing ladybugs/coccinelle (bringers of happiness) everywhere in Paris, please note FG has one doing happiness duty here.
 Everyone things French Girls have so much confidence. That certain ineffable something or other, that je ne sait quoi and a load of other bla bla bla.
Guess what?
French girls read self-help books too.
Who knew?
 This one illustrated by Soledad Bravi tells you what positive words to tell yourself bla bla bla
 It's also useful to cut up and add to the decor of your apartment.
 French girls do seem very gifted at home decor.
Some people are not major clutterers
like some other people :(
 I think the French are more crazy for tea than the British.
Tea title:'Better Than Sex'
 My London assignment - bring back FG a tin of Fortnum and Mason's Earl Grey Classic. Useful too as book ends.
 I'm sending French Lulu to Fortnum and Masons window for her birthday. That's a switch.
 French Girl has her own book out in fact!
 She shoots Paris windows one evening a week et voila!
All French Girls admire FAB icon, Ines de la Fressange. They need to know about Parisian Chic just as much as we do :O
Go figure.
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Foodwalker said...

Love her cross-section of cookbooks,self-help, chic info
Don't we all do this
Books always seem to hold the answers..ahem

Lucid Food said...

She has so many great French cookbooks that are NOT translated into English!!!
Why is that?
I'd love get my paws on Sophie!!
Hello US pubs-do something about it!
sooo annoying

La Table De Nana said...

I see my Laduree book:) So nice to be such friends!

Parisbreakfasts said...

Exactly LA Table!!
I have so many of the same books as Fr Girl.
And the ones I don't have I WANT!!! :)

Amy said...

What a great sneak-peek! I love looking at what other people have on their bookshelves. Sometimes it's all you need to know about them (and I like French Girl though I've never met her for having COOKIES on her bookshelf!)

Frances said...

A belated Happy May Day to you, Carol, and many thanks for those wonderful muguet photos. I could almost catch the scent all the way across the Atlantic.

Like you, I am fascinated by books on shelves, and always just wonder a bit about folks who have no books.


Parisbreakfasts said...

it's lucky she doesn't have a medicine cabinet!!
too true Amy

Parisbreakfasts said...

No books on the shelf!!
Definitely not a person to get to know well indeed.

Geri, NJ said...

What an artful bookcase...and collage...and clever use of paper bags! FG is, like yourself, very creative. I could have used that little penguin's method this a.m. Also can relate to the magazine Elle Decor mountain is growing. Thx for the glimpse into FG's lovely serene space.

Parisbreakfasts said...

oh were is my inner penquin now :(((
me too Geri me too

Geri, NJ said...

Love the idea of the 'inner penguin' if I could read the book...yet another English translation needed.

jeanette, mistress of longears said...

RE: Frances' comment: ARE there people who have no books????
Re: Where are the cookies?: Talk about hiding in plain sight!
Re: French cookbooks not available in translation: pourquoi pas?
Re: clutterers vs. non-clutterers: I am a hybrid! Parts of my home are totally uncluttered but my workspace is clutter incarnate!

Karen@PasGrande-Chose said...

French Girl has extremely tidy, ordered bookshelves, and a nice line in recycled decor. I also have an unhealthy interest in the content of other people's bookshelves.
Off now to find my inner penguin ...

Jill Colonna said...

I am extremely impressed (and flattered) by French Girl's reading material. I want to frame it - cookies included!

Nikon said...

I'm impressed by FG's creative decorating - goodness, you are such a snoop :) This was like watching CSI deconstructing a bookcase!
I love the sketch of Lulu!

Sweet Freak said...

It appears French Girl has le bon gout!

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Of course one would keep cookies on the bookshelf. :)) I wish my shelves were as neat. Wow. I am envious of her orderly mind. :))

Parisbreakfasts said...

like CSI!!!
oh my...
you do know how to compliment a girl...swoon

Parisbreakfasts said...

Dear Ms. Pingouin,

I think you already have..IMHO
cool as a cuc is you Karen

Parisbreakfasts said...

omg wouldn't we all love to be so neat.
I feel a bit like the bull in the china shop here.
No idea at all why she allows me on the premises :)

Raids Pâtisseries said...

Yep I remember Sophie Dudemaine was the pioneer for modern cookbooks. I also remember "Le Chocolat de Christophe" which remains my absolute reference for chocolate recipes

Parisbreakfasts said...

RP's seal of approval on FG's choco book :O
big merci!!
yr word is LAW!

Connie said...

Hmmmm...I never thought of stashing treats in with my books. Quelle bonne idee!

Parisbreakfasts said...

Thanks for the reminder Connie.
I am about to have a tea..
how nice to have a cookie with my tea!

Meadow Brianna said...

Fascinant! Merci!

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