This week’s Swoon-Worthy Sundays post has me gushing over the beautiful coffee table books and notecard gifts that I’ve received from both Jenn (Lost in a Great Book) and the lovely team at Raincoast Books.
These five items are full of colour and decadence, all emulating the beauty and wonder that is Paris in different ways.
Paris Glitz notecards & envelopes
A collection of 20 notecards, 5 each of four iconic Parisian scenes. These black and white photos of the Eiffel Tower, Moulin Rouge and the streets of Montmartre are enhanced by isolated spots of colour and glitter. Printed by Graphique de France.
Paris in Color Notes
Also another collection of 20 notecards, this set by Nichole Robertson takes a different point of view to the City of Light. Rather than the black & white tones of the Paris Glitz set, this one focuses on all the vibrance and colour of Paris. There are twenty different images in the box – an assortment from her book of the same name. With no duplicates, I’m even more inclined to just frame them up rather than use it for its intended purposes!
A macaron recipe book by Kim H. Lim-Chodkowski with 80 different variations to try! Full of beautiful full-colour glossy photos of each of the recipes, Kim has grouped them into different sections ranging from the classic to the exotic, fruity and adventurous. There are even directions on making themed shape macarons. Even the basic recipe of the meringue shell has photos at every step. Having made these before, I find this feature to be extra helpful because of how finicky it can be! The recipes are fairly straight forward and easy to understand. I’m excited to try my hand at a few of these when I have an afternoon free! (Oddly enough, the copy I have has a different cover – with purple macarons – but I haven’t seen that version anywhere online)
À La Mère de Famille
This cover photo doesn’t do this book justice. The actual cover has texture to it, embossed and spots of gloss to make this a true collectible. This beautifully bound book (with an orange ribbon bookmark) not only has recipes from this beloved Parisian confectioner but also includes its history as well as spotlights on their customers. From cakes & jams, caramels & chocolates, cookiess & ice creams this hefty book is a must-have for those who love to bake. I wanted to try many of these but everything that felt simple enough for a novice baker like myself required special tools (mold trays, etc.) so definitely look through the whole recipe to make sure you have all the requirements and that it’s within your comfort zone.
Jason Brooks, an international fashion illustrator, brings Paris to life through this sketchbook full of black & white sketches to more finished pieces in colour. Personally, I love these types of books so much more than the “art books” of finished photographs and paintings. Based on the cover alone, I knew the art would be much more to my taste. One particular page, where Brooks sketches various styles of lampposts, I found captivated by. Wherever I go, I seem to take photos of landmarks & lampposts, and that page captured that elegance of its design. There are small captions and write-ups explaining the sketches but it is mostly about the art. Jason Brooks’ art, the art of the city, the art of the fashion and buildings… I truly feel like I’ve picked up this illustrator’s personal sketchbook and I’m peering through his eyes at the city around him.