A PROCLAMATION FOR THE SUPPRESSION OF COFFEE HOUSES:
Whereas it is most apparent that the multitude of Coffee Houses of late years set up and kept within this Kingdom...and the great resort of idle and disaffected persons to them, have produced very evil and dangerous effects; as well for that many tradesmen and others, do herein misspend much of their time, which might and probably would be employed in and about their Lawful Calling and Affairs; but also for that in such houses...divers, false, malitious, and scandalous reports are devised and spread abroad to the Defamation of His Majesty's Government, and to the disturbance of the Peace and Quiet of the Realm; his Majesty hath though it fit and necessary, that the said Coffee Houses be (for the Future) put down and suppressed..." -King Charles II of England, 1630-1685
This week's book-of-the-week, Le Bistrot, is a tribute to the delicious foods of France and the atmosphere of community, ritual, artistry, agriculture, and history that make up the gate that is French cuisine. Unlike the sentiments expressed in the quote from King Charles II, the gathering of people around a table of good food and drink has been known to form unions, friendships, and understanding between people of all kinds... to instill and inspire ideas, creative thought, and progress, and to feed the spirit as well as the body. It is a gate... Where would we be today if the French had felt as King Charles did?
|the book Le Bistrot and its box case|
Many cultures have an equally delicious food culture.. so why is French cuisine so special? From the
fields of delicately tended herbs and straight-rowed vineyards that are prolific throughout France, to the aestheticism of truffles and foix gras... the subject of French food is a study in dedication and excellence. UNECSO (http://en.unesco.org)
experts singled out French gastronomy as one of 178 "world intangible heritages," a “social custom aimed at celebrating the most important moments in the lives of individuals and groups." -The Telegraph.
Who doesn't love the thought of champagne, croissants, and creme brulee?
|windows of a french repast|
Le Bistrot is a three panel accordion book with pop-out windows, that stretches out to form a wall of visuals. Inside, the
background has been papered with an Italian paper similar to wallpaper one might see on the walls of a French chateau. On the front cover is a photograph of the entryway to a small local restaurant, Le Bistrot, in Angers, France. A blue satin ribbon ties the coverboards together. Each window showcases a
photo from one area of French cuisine... the delicious native wines, the elegant pastries, or the eclectic homeyness of a favorite provincial cafe.
|Delaunay Pere & Fils (father and son) Vineyard and tasting salon in Loire Valley|
|patisserie (pastry) shop window in Guerande|
|Barbe Bleu (Blue Beard) Restaurante, Champtoce sur Loire|
|the bookish box|
|inside the box|
|nestled in its box|
|The other side...|
|....marzipan mushrooms in the window|