Books carry us away from home to distant lands. In our heads the most beautiful places are created and fantastic areas on the edge of the imaginable are formed through surreal dream worlds. On the next few pages you will be immersed in Chateau Life – the new photo book from Assouline – and enter into a culinary dream. The French have been extolled as culinary experts for a long time. The emphasis is particularly on the time they spend together around the table. Jane Webster and her Australian family live in Château Bosgouet in Normandy and have adopted the tradition of the French table with surprise and joy at every turn. From strolling around the market, to setting the table through to the use of a vegetable garden. Their adventures are captured here through the sophisticated eye of the photographer Robyn Lea.
Baked French Cheesecake
Orange Marmalade Soufflé
Smoked Salmon Pâté
Soupe de Petits Pois
The dining room of Château du Thil in Graves, Bordeaux.
Doris’s Courgette Bread
Moules à la Normande
CHÂTEAU LIFE: Cuisine and style in the french countryside
By Jane Webster with original photography by Robyn Lea
Die “Impossible Collection” from Assouline is more than a collection of printed words and pictures; it is an homage to the exceptional
Books are an integral part of our past and present; Prosper and Martine Assouline are in full agreement on this point. They are also something that will become more beautiful in the future, because books are simply valuable. From this viewpoint the couple jointly founded its own brand in the mid 90s or rather opened their own library, by starting to create the books that they had always sought. Their “Impossible Collection” is certainly not a bargain buy, if we can express it so casually, but it is definitely a treasure chest for all the literary aesthetes among us.
“The virtual world needs tangible things.”
– Martine Assouline
Pablo Picasso: The Impossible Collection
100 works and a man whose name is known even to small children. If any artist influenced the 20th century, then it was Pablo Picasso. This work is the literary collection that no one in the world can own in its entirety.
Chanel: The Impossible Collection
The book is a literary museum, a curated selection of 100 iconic and characteristic looks from the Chanel house, from the timeless little black dress to the perfectly finished tweed suit – decisively influenced by the great Karl (Lagerfeld).
Rolex: The Impossible Collection
No other brand embodies the epitome of the luxury watch more than a Rolex. They have all found their place in this work, the special examples of these unique chronographs.
Formula 1: The Impossible Collection
What began in 1950 as a Gentlemen’s Club is today a global circus with millions of fans, watching the horsepower fireballs, that dual round for round with only milliseconds separating them, spellbound. This is their story.
The Impossible Collection of Bentley
In 1919 when Walter Owen Bentley founded his company it was not to build the fastest car but the best car. This unparalleled anthology outlines how unerringly, elegantly and stylishly he managed to achieve this over the last 10 decades.
The Impossible Collection of Wine
Enrico Bernado – The best Sommelier both on an Italian and international scale made his dream of the ultimate wine cellar come true with this book and compiled all wines that are not to be surpassed for quality, rarity and exclusivity.
Photos Copyrights: © Assouline, Robyn Lea