Amazing things from The Thing – Or, my guide to a perfect Sunday.
Scored at The Thing today: The Art of Serving Food Attractively by Mary Albert Wenker (1951), Madame de by Louise de Vilmorin, The World’s 100 best short stories Volume Three MYSTERY (1927), and a ceramic cup with a lid so that if you’re a slow tea drinker (I am) your tea stays hot longer. Works with coffee too! Incredible, in addition to being adorable.
This is going to be a fun read. Who doesn’t enjoy a good mystery short story? Especially with a nice hot cup of tea.
I love Louise de Vilmorin. She has to be one of the most fascinating female writers to have roared through the first half of the 20th century. Born in 1902 in a French chateau, she was a wealthy heiress with a limp and a gift for writing refined but caustic novels about the aristocratic and artistic worlds she frequented. She was engaged to Antoine de Saint-Exupery, married American real estate heir Henry Leigh Hunt, gave him three daughters then divorced him and became the fifth wife of Count Paul Pálffy ab Erdöd, a much-married Austrian-born Hungarian playboy. That didn’t last long, not surprisingly perhaps. She never remarried but had several other famous and worldly lovers: another Hungarian count, a British ambassador and French Cultural Affairs Minister and author André Malraux. She was beautiful, smart, impertinent and full of life, and this of course transpired in her writing. I highly recommend Madame de, as well as Juliette. And I just love the illustrations in this English edition.
I love cookbooks from the 1950s. Somehow they really managed to make food look… fake. This is how they did it. It’s brilliant. I’ll share tips when I’m done reading it, but this cucumber basket might be a good start.
Unrelated absolutely, but have you guys heard First Aid Kit’s new album? It’s pretty much all I’ve been listening to this week.