The essence of the book is so simple -- enjoy the everyday -- yet it can be such a difficult goal to achieve depending upon your interpretation of that simple statement.
Today as I was reading during my lunch break, I thought how wonderful it would be to live in France and enjoy their customs. They seem to have a much more relaxed culture than we as Americans. Americans are always busy -- breakfast meetings, work through lunch, work late. When do we rest? When do we celebrate the everyday?
Let me just say that the French have it figured out -- a 2 hour lunch which includes a meal and a rest (not a nap, a rest) and then knocking off about 4:30 for a la pause gourmande which includes a treat, both food and drink. The author says it's the "perfect solution for the afternoon blahs."
Several paragraphs in this book have resonated with me. The first one was in reference to the potager (gardener).
The spirit of the potager is to grow a few things to eat fresh. It is not that hard to have enough fraises des bois so that everyone has two handfuls. That's really all you need.
Considering my little garden plot is quite tiny, two handfuls for each of us is about all I may produce. And that's fine. Just call me a potager.
Another aspect of the French that intrigues me is their love affair with coffee. I'm not a coffee drinker but I do like hot chocolate and hot teas and cider during the cold weather months. The French drink their coffee from a bowl. A bowl. What I love about it is that it allows you to wrap your hands around the warmth. The photo included made me think of the little bowls the Asian culture uses for teas. I think I'm going to see if I can find a couple of bowls for us to enjoy our hot drinks from next winter.
Such a lovely book. I think you might like it.