December 22, 2011
L’Art de la Table (literally translating as “The Art of the Table”) is probably as much about food as it is about having beautiful table linens and dinnerware, tasteful flowers, and colorful table accessories to enhance the dining experience. No wonder the French love to gather around tables to eat. No wonder that, after growing up in a food-obsessed family, I, too, love to give gifts that focus attention around the celebration of a meal.
In France, gorgeous-looking kitchen stores filled with beautiful dinnerware and designer linens can be found everywhere. During the holidays, they are favorite spots to find precious gifts to celebrate our love for beautifully presented foods. Brand names like Le Jacquard Français specialize in the art of dressing up a dining table with beautiful and colorful patterned tablecloths and napkins—I am a fan. What’s not to love about a gorgeous-looking table setting with scrumptious food at its center?
- Béatrice just wrote her first cookbook based on her blog! Coming out in February.
- Le Jacquard Français’ cute blog Mademoiselle Jacquard (in French)
- Here’s the specific way to set French silverware
- Erica’s tips on dining chez les French
Written by Beatrice Peltre
Beatrice Peltre grew up in rural France within a family with a true love for homegrown foods. She is a fond observer of the beauty found in life, nature and the natural shapes of food. Her work witnesses her attachment and interest in art under all forms, as shown in her award-winning food blog La Tartine Gourmande and just released her first cookbook La Tartine Gourmande: Recipes for an Inspired Life.