Greetings expensive readers and pals. I hope this e-mail finds you effectively, albeit with the entire turbulent occasions taking place around the globe. Fortunately, right here in Provence, the Christmas decorations are up, the seasonal markets are open, and there may be fairly a festive air on each nook. It’s great to have one thing to stay up for, and I’m making a acutely aware effort to decelerate on my pastry-eating in anticipation of the fabulous Christmas meal to come back at la maison de ma belle mere – my mother-in-law’s home.
On this “good-feeling” spirit, I’m very pleased to current at the moment a challenge that helps each with vacation gift-giving and folk hit significantly exhausting throughout the pandemic – these within the meals trade.
You could bear in mind, fairly a number of months in the past, we featured the stunning e book, A Desk in Paris, right here on the weblog with a evaluate and giveaway. Together with pleasant anecdotes of tasty meals out within the Metropolis of Lights, A Desk in Paris presents detailed restaurant descriptions and quirky side-notes for would-be travellers.
What’s maybe most particular concerning the e book, is writer / artist John Donohue’s evocative sketches of lots of the featured eating places. Mild and ethereal, they seize the essence of the joie de vivre spirit that we’ve come to know and love about la belle France.
On this similar vein, Donohue has put forth The Paris Assortment of signed, restricted prints which depict a number of the most well-known, time-honored eating places in Paris, alongside trendy culinary upstarts that outline the ever-changing meals scene of la Capitale.
These high quality artwork prints are created on museum-quality paper and are available two sizes – 9×12 prints can be found for $95 and 5×7 prints for $55. Because the begin of the pandemic, Dohonue has been donating 10% of his earnings to the Restaurant Staff Neighborhood Basis, which offers direct assist and performs advocacy within the U.S.
The Paris Assortment, together with different high quality artwork prints of New York Metropolis eating places, could be considered on the All The Eating places web site. Francophiles will discover a few of their favorites, like Berthillon, Le Baratin, Lapérouse and Holybelly 19 – amongst many others to find.
A former New Yorker journal editor turned self-taught artist, Donohue lives in Brooklyn along with his household and attracts at the very least twice a day. He has launched two books of restaurant drawings: 2019’s All of the Eating places in New York and 2021’s A Desk in Paris. Earlier than changing into an artist, he additionally edited Man With a Pan: Culinary Adventures of Fathers WhoCook For his or her Households, a 2011 bestselling anthology that includes contributions from Mark Bittman, Mark Kurlansky, Stephen King, and lots of others.
I’d love to listen to how everyone seems to be preparing for the vacations this yr. On my finish, the tree is up and we’re making an attempt to go to as many Christmas markets as attainable this yr. We’ve been to the English-themed market at Chateau de Berne (close to the city of Lorgues), the Toulon market (proper across the nook!), and hope to go to the Hyeres market. I’ve my fingers-crossed for a highway journey to Reims from my in-laws’ residence within the Lorraine (about an hour’s drive). I had a quick daytrip there manner again in 2004, and dream of seeing the cathedral once more. As a household, we’re making an attempt to make one of the best of the season and rejoice life, and dwelling in France, yet again.
Wishing you a really bonne journée and great begin to the vacation season!