David C. Phillips and I first connected through, of all things, Instagram. I was entering a contest to win a poster of his photographs, and I was supposed to say “why” I should win the poster. I mentioned my new book and that I loved photography, France, and the combination of the two. We became instant friends!
Ooh la la! French Inspirations for Entertaining and Travel is a huge book packed with beautiful photos of France and French cooking, valuable information on French customs, etiquette and style, and many, many recipes for mouthwatering French meals. It is, just as its title suggests, crammed with inspiration for anyone who loves France and French food. I cannot begin to describe the amount of work and creativity which Karen Allen has put into this book to make it such a treat for any Francophile. The photos, the recipes, the beautiful and careful selection of fonts and colors in the typography… it is a marvel and should be on the shelves, coffee tables, or in the kitchen of any home where French culture and cooking are valued. The book is an astonishing labor of love which deserves the widest possible exposure. It strikes a rare balance of really useful information and beautiful, fun presentation and illustration.
Read David’s recent article on doors in My French Country Home Magazine, or see his gorgeous photographs in his 2018 book Reflections of Venice: Art and Beauty on the Water. David and his wife Georgianna Lane run the website parisianmoments.com where you can purchase prints of photos and read their inspiring blog Le Journal. Thank you, David, for this lovely review!