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from mayfair to mais oui

If only for the fab green cover, this delightful book is worth your time. But the filling...yum.

After working in the fashion industry for ten years, Rose Carrarini founded London's renowned delicatessen Villandry in 1988. This 'epicerie fine' in Marylebone inspired many other food places in London. In 2002, along with her husband Jean-Charles, she opened Rose Bakery, a small bakery, shop and restaurant in Paris, where she continues to practice the art of simple food made with care and attention to flavor. In recent years, she opened the sister restaurant, Rose Bakery, on the top floor of the fashion center Dover Street Market in Mayfair, London.

The exquisite photographs capture the beauty of the mundane goings on of the Rose Bakery. The author's story is a tale of a woman who loves food and people. Rose Carranini's sense of purpose and commitment to quality and sustainability is impressive and her affection for her patrons is palpable. And the recipes themselves are superb! Ms. (Mme.?) Carranini generously reveals her professional (and life) secrets: always buy fresh, seasonal and local; use organic and sustainable when possible and, remember, the most important ingredient is love.

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