The One Instant Pot Cookbook You MUST Own Now

Coq au vin, chicken in red wine sauce, from Instantly French!, as seen on www.CourtneyPrice.com

Coq au vin

Instantly French! is the Reason to Buy an Instant Pot

Little known fact…

The pressure cooker might seem like a fad, but it was actually invented by a French physicist, Denis Papin, in the 17th century. French home cooks have long embraced the traditional pressure cooker as a way to get dinner quickly on the table, and most people grew up familiar with the whistling sound of their mother’s pressure cooker. Who knew?!

I have to admit that I was skeptical about the Instant Pot craze for a while before the irresistible Amazon Prime Day deals prompted my purchase.  Having read the explosive horror stories, my brand new pressure cooker sat in the box for a while as I wrapped my head around using it. My concerns were inflated; as long as you respect a few simple safety rules, this device is a winner.

Safety aside, the next question was what to cook. Visual temptations abound on social media, linking to recipes. I tried a few good recipes and a few marginal ones, but honestly, I wasn’t bowled over. Having grown up in New Orleans, the bar is high for GREAT FOOD, so I am willing to go the extra mile. When I lived in Washington DC I learned classic techniques of French Cuisine, just to apply them in healthy ways to cooking at home. I have the utmost respect for French culinary techniques because they serve as a solid foundation for all cooking, but I’m now wondering why the long way is even taught when this culinary HOV lane has been around for centuries. I didn’t realize how big I had hit the jackpot when I discovered [Read more…]

Dior & His Decorators: Victor Grandpierre, Georges Geffroy, and The New Look

Dior & His Decorators: the first work on the two interior designers most closely associated with Christian Dior. Review on www.CourtneyPrice.com

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Dior & His Decorators: Victor Grandpierre, Georges Geffroy, and The New Look

by Maureen Footer, Interior Design Historian

Author Maureen Footer, a former interior designer and expert in French decorative arts, gives us the first in-depth account of the two Parisian interior designers associated with Christian Dior. Victor Grandpierre and Georges Geffroy were much more than the interior designers for his home; they were personal friends and professional colleges of Dior.  It was Geffroy who introduced Dior to the world of couture. Grandpierre masterminded the look of Dior’s couture house- and was the one to “brand” Dior with the stylistic details that define the brand to this day, [Read more…]

Psychedelic Robot

Psychedelic Robot Pop Up Museum, Bevins Gallery, Hotel Crescent Court, Dallas Art scene, courtneyprice.com

It’s not just the face of retail undergoing radical transformation …
Bivins Gallery snaps us out of our own personal realities for an hour or more with the interactive Psychedelic Robot pop-up museum in Dallas. A group of internationally-recognized celebrity artists create immersive custom art exhibitions laced with INTERACTIVE surprises that one might say are… highly instagramable. ✔️ Dallasites, check out this [Read more…]

Chateau de Villette- The Splendor of French Decor

facade of Chateau de Villette as seen on www.CourtneyPrice.com

Chateau de Villette- The Splendor of French Decor

You are not going to believe your eyes when you see the breathtaking mid-seventeenth-century chateau outside of Paris that I am about to show you…. 

Chateau de Villette- The Splendor of French Decor, written by Guillaume Picon and photographed by Bruno Ehrs, is one of the most beautiful books on French decorative arts and design that I have ever seen. The history of both the chateau and its owners is fascinating, and its thoughtful restorations have ensured a consistent place en vogue.

Original construction took place from 1663–69, with architecture attributed to Francois Mansart and his great-nephew, chief architect of Louis XV, Jules Hardouin-Mansart. At this time, new chateau styles were developing as practical or strategic military elements were no longer necessary- opening the way for Le Notre to design elaborate gardens and outdoor vistas.

The extravagant interiors reflect the then-new mindset of the Rococo era – designed with more permanence and elegance.  Bedchambers, previously ceremonial, were designed be private spaces of comfort in the eighteenth century. Tables were no longer brought to the bedchambers for dining. Stand-alone dining rooms were an eighteenth-century innovation, and in Chateau de Villette is the first formal dining room in a French chateau. [Read more…]

STONE HOUSES: Natural Forms in Historic and Modern Homes

Stone Houses by Linda Leigh Paul, reviewed on www.CourtneyPrice.com

STONE HOUSES: Natural Forms in Historic and Modern Homes

By Linda Leigh Paul

Linda Leigh Paul has published another beautiful design book- of contemporary stone properties that are anything BUT predictable. Stone Houses gives us the kind of eye candy that would encourage us to slow down, savor the experience, and perhaps revisit architectural details from previous chapters.  Paul’s compilation of almost thirty modern spaces span the world, highlighting architects who put stone to work in innovative ways, in homes that we would not otherwise have access to. Architecture fans and anyone who is considering a new-build or remodel might want to shop architects she included in this book. Mostly privately owned, the high-end homes on this insider tour are not to be missed:

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