Isn't this image so very beautiful in its simplicity? That is what I thought when I opened straight to this page of a gorgeous book that was given to me for my recent birthday. It is from a book titled At Home with May and Axel Vervoordt, Recipes for Every Season. You may already be aware that I am one of Axel's biggest fans and whilst this book is more from May's perspective in terms of styling and food, I see Axel's influence throughout the book. Axel describes his wife's ability to make table settings look like still life paintings and he also admires her respect for ingredients and her creativity with cooking.
And indeed, the front cover could be used for a still life! I love the grey colours on the rustic table.
Here is an outdoor table prepared with food. I did a double take with the green bowl, we have only just had such a bowl with a pouring lip come in to our store!
So now I am wondering whether I share some of May's passion for beautiful earthy serving pieces. And she describes within the book her weakness for buying baskets and collecting wooden spoons. I can also relate to this problem...
May also has a fetish for these Georgian English tazzas, I can admit to owning a few myself. But doesn't it look gorgeous presented with these flaky pumpkin tarts? She writes "sharing food with friends is a timeless gift that delights the palate and inspires memories". Beautifully worded.
This book is more than just pretty pictures, the pictures are accompanied by recipes such as this wild mushroom dish. I can't wait to trial a few.
I was also given these beautiful gift cards letterpressed by my sister Rachel. I will have to admit to being thoroughly spoilt!