Victoria French Cooking & Entertaining 2019

In a frantic and hurried world, Victoria offers a respite from the chaos of everyday life. The pages are dedicated to living beautifully when entertaining, cooking, and decorating and even in artistic pursuits - and now you can enjoy every single page on your tablet! With a distinct personality all its own, Victoria personifies feminity, passion, and an enterprising spirit. Each issue features decorating and entertaining ideas, recipes, travel stories, essays from inspiring women, and much more.

United States
Hoffman Media
7 Issues

in this issue

1 min
dear friends

Many of my most memorable gourmet experiences involve Gallic cuisine. The highlight of a week spent in Paris with a friend was pausing daily at a street-side café. Arranged in glass cases, an array of sweets beckoned, from flaky croissants to luscious fruit-filled confections. On our first visit, I selected an exquisite tart with a glistening halved apricot nestled in a crisp pâte sucrée shell. The taste was so heavenly that I abandoned all plans to explore the menu and instead returned each afternoon for another serving of that mouthwatering dessert. “Pâtisserie Delights,” on page 89, takes me back to that sojourn to the City of Light. When my husband and I toured Normandy years later, we enjoyed a delectable meal in the inn where we stayed. Dinner was a flavorful…

3 min
her french country home

The quiet of early morning finds Sharon Santoni taking in the wonders of her surroundings. The calendar promises a shopping excursion to Paris—an easy distance from her home in Normandy—but even the City of Light’s most notable brocantes cannot compete with the natural gifts found within this pastoral oasis. Cup of tea in hand, she surveys cascades of roses, tangles of nigella, and clusters of foxgloves while her dogs frolic nearby. “As soon as I saw this house, it felt just right,” Sharon says. “We are on the edge of a small village, and my children grew up riding in the forest, canoeing on the river, and hosting many a great party in the garden.” Built in the late 1850s, the classical maison de maître features the symmetrical design and comfortable…

3 min
lessons in the art of living

“THERE ARE AS MANY KINDS OF BEAUTY AS THERE ARE … WAYS OF SEEKING HAPPINESS.”—Charles Baudelaire For over two decades, stylist Marie-Paule Faure has brought her elegant taste and innumerable talents to the pages of magazines seen throughout Europe and America, including Victoria. When she published her first book, Recevoir Simple & Chic: Idées Déco, Art de la Table, Recettes (Simple & Chic Entertaining: Décor Ideas, Art of the Table, Recipes), four years ago, it opened the door to some wonderful opportunities, as people began asking her to teach them the secrets behind her gracious settings, entertaining expertise, and lifestyle. At first, she resisted the idea. “I find it difficult to theorize something that has always been very natural and intuitive for me,” she explains. “But at the same time, I realize…

1 min
joie de vivre of marie antoinette


2 min
romantic entertaining

“I décor line has a decidedly French accent. have always had a love affair with all that is French,” confesses lifestyle designer and author Carolyn Westbrook, whose home Though she started her business before she’d seen Paris in person, her first trip to the City of Light cemented the feelings she had for Gallic style. In addition to the way the French incorporate antiques and heirlooms into their décor, Carolyn admires their approach to social occasions. “The most beautiful thing about the French way of entertaining is how the gathering seems to be so effortless,” she says. “Entertaining doesn’t have to be difficult, just inspired.” When it comes to planning her own parties, Carolyn follows similar guidelines. As an avid collector of vintage pieces, her settings are made all the more interesting…

6 min
to provence, with love

A lush, 400-year-old walnut tree stands behind Georgeanne’s Northern California home, its graceful branches forming a leafy awning to shelter a gathering of guests on the stone patio below. Just beyond a large table set with vintage linens, a grape arbor soaks up the noonday sun, and aromas wafting from the farmhouse kitchen have awakened even the sleepiest of appetites. This breezy scene encapsulates the relaxed French way of life that attracted this warm-hearted hostess so many years ago. “I went to school in Aix-en-Provence, and I loved the life of the markets, the intellectual feeling of European life,” says Georgeanne. “I went back in the summer of 1970 and spent a month with friends in a farmhouse in the countryside near Aix, walking in the fields, cooking from the market,…