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AT HOME with May and Axel Vervoordt

20121121-071813.jpg A quick spin around the shop at the end of the day straightening up displays and this book caught my eye. I have long been a fan of the work of Axel Vervoordt. I had ordered this book on a buying trip to New York, and then completely forgot about it. It really is an homage to the Vervoordt way of life–which is a pretty incredible way of life. With recipes by his wife, May, the book is really part cookbook/part lifestyle & coffee table book. Gorgeously photographed, I was transported to Antwerp last evening, as I perused page after page. “Nature’s simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,” May writes. That also somewhat sums up the glorious Vervoordt style, as well. She is also a lover of using single stem vases, which you all know I am a big fan of, as it really highlights the beauty of each bloom. The book is filled with recipes she has served over the years for both small gathering and large parties. “Cooking and entertaining are an expression of love,” May says, and I could not agree with her more. Perfect words as we head into the Holidays.