By the end of the nineteenth century, a "colony" of Anglo-Saxon painters, mostly American, had settled in Giverny. They were drawn by the beauty of this picturesque village and its surrounding countryside, and by the presence of Calude Monet … see full wiki
What to Read When You Can't Make It to Claude Monet's Garden
Aug 14, 2009
This is one of the most beautiful cookbooks I've ever come across. It also conveys the spirit of the gorgeous gardens that Claude Monet designed at Giverny, about an hour down the Seine from Paris.
I came across it after my first visit to Giverny, and felt myself transported back to the Monet house with its blue kitchen and yellow dining room, the roses in the garden, the pond with its Japanese-style bridge. Since then the book has become a staple among the wedding presents we give--I can't think of a nicer introduction to French country cooking or a better look at the way one of the world's most famous (but certainly not richest, at least during his lifetime) artists lived.
The recipes are interesting, too. The only problem is that you won't want to take the book into the kitchen if you're a messy cook like I am. Perhaps the best thing to do is to photocopy the recipes for kitchen use, and to keep the book somewhere near a chair where you can browse through it when your hands are clean.