White callas, roses, poppies and bouganvilleas are all characteristic of the summery Italian countryside. Make your flower arrangements small enough to fit in a carved water glass or a small pitcher, the décor should never interrupt the view of the guests. A sophisticated and cost-effective alternative is combining flowers with aromatic herbs such as rosemary, thyme and basil. Herbs don’t just smell and look graceful; they are also natural mosquito repellents.
Chef Pierre Troisgros has died at the age of 92. The legendary chef was one of the pioneers of nouvelle cuisine, and at his Maison Troisgros restaurant in Roanne, France, he was able to change French gastronomy.