Joie de Vivre: Simple French Style for Everyday Living

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When it comes to making the most of life, nobody does it better than the French. Now, with Joie de Vivre: Simple French Style for Everyday Living, an inspired fusion of art, style, and easy-to-implement ideas, anyone can feel like they spent a weekend in the French countryside, no matter where they live.
Renowned restaurateur Robert Arbor puts a refreshing emphasis on simplicity and accessibility, explaining the rituals and traditions that comprise a typical French day. ...

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Overview

When it comes to making the most of life, nobody does it better than the French. Now, with Joie de Vivre: Simple French Style for Everyday Living, an inspired fusion of art, style, and easy-to-implement ideas, anyone can feel like they spent a weekend in the French countryside, no matter where they live.
Renowned restaurateur Robert Arbor puts a refreshing emphasis on simplicity and accessibility, explaining the rituals and traditions that comprise a typical French day. Featuring dozens of simple, everyday recipes, Joie de Vivre captures the family meals, market trips, and charming domestic settings that make the French way of life so plea- surable. In eight chapters, illustrated with 85 full-color and black-and-white photographs, Arbor details how you, too, can achieve the simplicity and relaxing life the French treasure.
Le Matin (The Morning) lays out the elements of a relaxing breakfast (as well as the secret to great coffee), and Le Potager (The Garden) describes the pleasures and rewards of growing your own own vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Le Marché (The Market) and Le Déjeuner (Lunchtime) follow Arbor to the market, the butcher, and the baker before serving up a trove of delicious ideas for light lunches and snacks. Le Dîner (Supper) outlines strategies for crafting cozy family dinners; creating enchanting dinner parties of all sizes; and preparing fun, simple meals for children.
Arbor's memories and experiences of growing up in France and his flair for casual elegance can't help but inspire the chef and decorator in everyone.
Sidebars sprinkled throughout the book offer tips and insights on how to make the perfect cup of hot chocolate, a French perspective on truffles and foie gras, the French and their love of chocolate, and why French butter tastes so good.
Joie de Vivre is a lavishly illustrated guide to the French style of living that will show you how to bring a little joie to your life.

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Daniel Boulud Chef/owner of Daniel, Café Boulud, and db bistro moderne Joie de Vivre is a charming book about the simple things in life that make the French so French, and the Americans so crazy about the French.

Jacques PÉPin Cookbook author, cooking teacher, and PBS-TV cooking show host This is a delightful book that takes you through the rituals and idiosyncrasies of the French bon vivant. Imaginatively organized into sections devoted to breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it is typically French, simple, and quite accessible.

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Arbor is the personable chef/owner of the Le Gamin cafes in New York City and Boston, with plans for one or more to come in Philadelphia. The cafes are open from early morning until late at night, offering a casual menu ranging from the classic French breakfast of a bowl (not a cup) of coffee and a tartine to crepes, soups, and salads to bistro-style entrees such as hanger steak. Arbor has organized Joie de Vivre more or less by times of day, from the first chapter, "Bonjour"-on breakfast in France and America-to "La Pause Gourmande," the afternoon break, to "Le D ner," with appropriate recipes throughout. This title is as much a memoir as a cookbook, however, underscoring the author's hope that readers with frantic lifestyles can learn to take time to enjoy the simpler pleasures of life, such as that pause gourmande or even a lunchtime sandwich eaten on a park bench instead of in the office. Arbor has an almost old-fashioned but hardly unsophisticated charm, and his engaging book is recommended for most cookery collections. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743223539
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 4/22/2003
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 630,739
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Arbor, chef and owner of nine restaurants in New York and Boston, was born in Fontainebleau, France. He has lived and worked in Tahiti, Gabon, Hong Kong, and New York. He now lives with his wife and two children in New York and Flaujac-Poujol, France.

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When it comes to making the most of life, nobody does it better than the French. Now, with Joie de Vivre: Simple French Style for Everyday Living, an inspired fusion of art, style, and easy-to-implement ideas, anyone can feel like they spent a weekend in the French countryside, no matter where they live.

Renowned restaurateur Robert Arbor puts a refreshing emphasis on simplicity and accessibility, explaining the rituals and traditions that comprise a typical French day. Featuring dozens of simple, everyday recipes, Joie de Vivre captures the family meals, market trips, and charming domestic settings that make the French way of life so plea- surable. In eight chapters, illustrated with 85 full-color and black-and-white photographs, Arbor details how you, too, can achieve the simplicity and relaxing life the French treasure.

Le Matin (The Morning) lays out the elements of a relaxing breakfast (as well as the secret to great coffee), and Le Potager (The Garden) describes the pleasures and rewards of growing your own own vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Le Marché (The Market) and Le Déjeuner (Lunchtime) follow Arbor to the market, the butcher, and the baker before serving up a trove of delicious ideas for light lunches and snacks. Le Dîner (Supper) outlines strategies for crafting cozy family dinners; creating enchanting dinner parties of all sizes; and preparing fun, simple meals for children.

Arbor's memories and experiences of growing up in France and his flair for casual elegance can't help but inspire the chef and decorator in everyone.

Sidebars sprinkled throughout the book offer tips and insights on how to make the perfect cup of hot chocolate, a French perspective on truffles and foie gras, the French and their love of chocolate, and why French butter tastes so good.

Joie de Vivre is a lavishly illustrated guide to the French style of living that will show you how to bring a little joie to your life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2006

    delightfully wonderful

    I have yet to finish the book - but just after a few chapters and skimming to see whats ahead- I can't wait to finish it! the book is filled with delightful suggestions, ideas, and recipes, no wonder why the french have 'joie de vivre' down pat. its sweet visually and I can't wait to try the recipes and incorporate some of those ideals into my own life!

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