Ladurée Savoir Vivre is the latest in the company's series of entertaining and lifestyle books. Like its predecessors, it is nestled in an irresistible box, packed just like Ladurée's delectable confections. Stunningly illustrated with specially commissioned photographs and illustrations, the book offers practical tips and inspiration on such varied topics as how to prepare and have breakfast the Ladurée way, how to be a good host and a good guest, how to dress for the theater, and how to pack for stylish travel. It is the ultimate guide to knowing how to live well, the French way.
"A social, cultural, and-above all-culinary history of dessert, Sweet Invention explores the world's great dessert traditions, from ancient India to 21st-century Indiana. Each chapter begins with author Michael Krondl tasting and analyzing an icon of dessert, such as baklava from the Middle East or macarons from France, and then combines extensive scholarship with a lively writing style to spin an ancient tale of some of the world's favorite treats and their creators. From the sweet makers of Persia who gave us the first donuts to the sugar sculptors of Renaissance Italy whose creativity gave rise to the modern-day wedding cake, this authoritative read clears up numerous misconceptions about the origins of various desserts, while elucidating their social, political, religious-and even sexual-uses through the ages"--Provided by publisher.
In this refined volume, Mariage Freres, importers of tea into France since 1854, offer their definitive version of the art of tea, making this essential reading for all those who are unable resist the temptation of a fragrant cup of tea accompanied by a flaky pastry. When Richard Bueno and Kitti Cha Sangmanee bought the well-respected Parisian firm in the early eighties, they expanded the business and gave it a radically new dimension by inventing the French art of tea. To do so they sought out the best tea buds from all four corners of the globe and introduced their clientele to many new exotic tastes including green teas from Japan, white teas from China, and First Flush Darjeelings. Mariage Freres recognize though that tea is about more than just a satisfying drink - it is an important cultural ritual, associated as much with cakes and pastries as with the drink itself. Therefore, not only does this book create ever-new ways of enjoying camellia sinensis, but it also gives the opportunity for Mariage Freres to share some of their secrets of success with mouth-watering recipes. The combination of atmospheric photographs and informative text create a chic and totally irresistible invitation to tea.