Sunday, May 29, 2011

Monday Bites - I Like Old School France

Since I have failed in my great years-long campaign to actually LIVE in France.....

Linda Dannenberg - Paris Boulangerie-Patisserie, this and last pic

I like to dig around second hand bookshops like the Strand in NYC

Simple French Cooking, Recipes from Our Mothers' Kitchens - G. Blanc and C. Jobard

and what they call "Charity Shops" in London

to find old school style French cookbooks.  So that I don't miss out on French food too much.

And because cooking in France CAN be as faddish as anywhere else,  and sometimes your old favorites just disappear!

So it's important to me to know that I could make some of those oldies but goodies at home.

We Yanks are hopelessly romantic about the "joie de vivre" of French life.  Are French people equally as nostalgic these days?

Here's something you don't see much of anymore.  Has anybody found how to do this kind of wrapping on the internet yet?  C'est un regale!  Gotta love the OLD SCHOOL.


  1. They wrap those packages so sweetly, who wants to ruin such works of art?

    I know my French perspective is mixed with half reality and have technicolor/1950's/Leslie Caron movies!

  2. Everything looks so good here :)

  3. Oh! C'est une charlotte au chocolat??? Delicieuse! Mille bisous et merci pour ce coup d'oeil! Joyeuse semaine!

  4. I was recently given some older French cookbooks and just loved looking at the photos too! Thanks for sharing these.

  5. quelle délicieuse sélection ... j'en salive devant mon écran !!!

  6. There are lots of appetizing photos! It's funny you mention "Joie de vivre". That feeling disappeared nowadays :( It was in the 50s, 60s and maybe 70 ... Many bakeries (pâtisserie) still pack on the cake as your last picture. It's just when there is little cakes. Otherwise, they put them in a cardboard box. Do you speak french ? (I see several comments in french...)