A table for 6 in a Chinese-inspired dining room. The primary color is dusty blue with bright red accents. From the pages of Be My Guest by Pierre Sauvage and Olivia Roland

© BE MY GUEST by Pierre Sauvage and Olivia Roland (Flammarion, 2020). Images © Ambroise Tézenas

book cover for © Be My Guest by Pierre Sauvage and Olivia Roland, Flammarion, 2020. Images © Ambroise TézenasIn Be My Guest: At Home with the Tastemakers (Flammarion, 2020), Pierre Sauvage of bespoke decorative accessories firm Casa Lopez delivers on three fronts—we step into the interiors of 20 tastemakers, see how they entertain, and learn about their favorite recipes, tried and true and often handed down.

As Lisa Fine writes in the foreword, “Each chapter is a revelation on how to live and how to entertain. There are no formulas or rules. Pierre provides surprising insights into creating formal dinners without predictable stuffiness and casual outdoor lunches with an original whimsy and charm.”

The international flavor of the book gives it a travel component as well—Catherine and Manuel Canovas in Normandy, Carolina Irving and Christian Louboutin in Portugal, and Sisley’s Christine d’Ornano in London.

While entertaining at home is the norm these days, Pierre provides plenty of inspiration to make the experience more engaging or, as he calls it, the art de vivre—“the conviviality of dining among friends, of sharing the pleasures of the table, of indulging and stimulating the palate and all the other senses.” We agree, these pleasures never age.

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Book review by Alice Welsh Doyle 

This story appears in the Scene column of Flower magazine’s Nov/Dec 2020 issue. Subscribe to the magazine or sign up for our free e-newsletter.

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