– I was a passionate bon vivant since the age of 5, so I would say I started to enjoy the food culture and ’lifestyle’ since then! I really started cooking and entertaining a lot in my early twenties, so I would say cooking became my lifestyle then.
Best music for cooking… Depends on my mood. Sometimes I blast U2 and David Bowie, and sometimes it’s Ella Fitzgerald and Dean Martin.
White linens is always a good idea for a perfect table setting–I like to keep it simple and elegant. I use old silverware and glasses to create a beautiful mood.
3 simple ways of creating a magic dinner mood; Candlelight, an abundance of flowers and vegetables on the table, and some Chet Baker.
Three ingredients I always have at home is eggs, piment d’Espellette and butter. My philosophy is to always use the best local produce. With a good foundation you can cook something great. I am inspired by timeless recipes, the ones our grandmothers and grandfathers made a long long time ago. I am happiest with my husband and kids around the table, laughing, chatting and singing.
“I live by the life philosophy
to be kind and brave, always.
I have always lived my life with passion
and I was a risk-taker.
Wherever it takes you,
it’ll always be interesting.”
I also love being in Rome, it always makes me happy and have butterflies in my stomach. And what do I fear? I fear madness and illness.
My husband and I have always loved the countryside, nature and big spaces. But our life and work was in Paris so we could only enjoy the countryside during the week-ends or holidays. We already had 4 children, 4 dogs, and Paris was becoming a bit too crowded for us. So we decided, rather impulsively, to move to the country. We looked for property and somehow Médoc came up. It was an easy transfer of life because the children were still so young.
Once we moved, it took me one year to adapt (but my husband loved it immediately!). It was such a change of lifestyle, so calm, so few people. But slowly I started living and breathing the nature around me, admiring nature’s beauty and pace. That’s when I started falling in love with my new country life, feeling so grateful for all the beauty around me”.
Our house in Médoc is filled with energy, and wonderful spirits from the past. The previous owner’s great-grandmother was a legendary chef and opened a restaurant and a hotel until 1957. She filled the house with stories and inspired me to write my latest cookbook called ‘French Country Cooking’.
Our kids are free-spirited and independent, that comes naturally since we are such a large family. We encourage them to follow their hearts, we include them in everything we do. They have a lot of freedom, and that’s what we love about country life.
On a Wednesday off I’ll wear a black dress and go for a dinner and a show! And my favorite place to eat is Piperno in Rome. And I love the bar at the hotel Raphael in Paris. A dinner in Paris at Fontaine de Mars is the perfect date night with my husband–our old hangout.
Best restaurant visit? Lately, la ferme aux grives by Michel Guérard.
My dream dinner guest is Gore Vidal, just beacause he must have had lots of stories to tell! And maybe Joan Collins, just for fun.
When I was in school I was the girl who loved literature,who had guts and dreams. I’m still the same! And if I had the chance to meet my 16-year-old self, I would say‚ ”Girl, you did it all right!”
I live by the life philosophy to be kind and brave, always. I have always lived my life with passion and I was a risk-taker. Wherever it takes you, it’ll always be interesting.
In five years I see myself surrounded by family and friends, writing more books and developing our activities as a culinary destination, both a virtual one and a real one.
“My childhood was largely spent
scurrying between the restaurants of
Hong Kong, where I grew up, and the bistros
of Paris and the south of France where
we spent our holidays at my