Product Feature: The Secrets of Pistoulet by Jana Kolpen

17 Sep

 

What meal doesn't seem more enchanting served from this bright, cheery china pattern?
What meal doesn’t seem more enchanting served from this bright, cheery china pattern?

Okay, so I am super excited about an email I recently received from my favorite author/artist in the Universe, Ms. Jana Kolpen.

On a lark, I sent a message to Mademoiselle J’s website a couple of weeks ago to let her know I was a huge fan of her books, particularly The Secrets of Pistoulet, which has an accompanying line of Pfaltzgraff dinnerware also designed by Ms. Kolpen herself. (Actually, all three of her books have companion Pfaltzgraff patterns, a testament to the popularity of her charming art!)

The Secrets of Pistoulet is the first in a series of three “enchanted cookbooks” that read like fables and contain small surprises for the reader including letters to unfold, tiny recipe cards to discover, and beautiful vellum inlays over adorable artwork. The recipes, while delightfully simple in terms of ingredients and instruction, read something like this:

“Go to the nearest fishing port and acquire moules from the fisherman with the largest pecs and most tattoos…”

In fact, my infamous “red kitchen” began years ago with a bright red stock pot I purchased expressly to make

The contents of these canisters read like an enchanted potion recipe: "Tea of Courage," "Herbs for Magicians," and "Flour of

The contents of these canisters read like an enchanted potion recipe: "Tea of Courage," "Herbs for Magicians," and "Flour of Happiness."

 the “Potage of Passion” (tomato soup recipe from the Pistoulet cookbook) in. It was so adorable, my fascination with red cookware began and hasn’t stopped since, even with a room full of red kitchen appliances, cookware and other bric-a-brac!

Anyway, I mentioned in my message to Ms. Kolpen that I maintain a cooking blog and that because my china pattern at home is all Pistoulet pieces, her china is being photographed daily sporting creative new recipes. In addition, I wanted her to know that it was in no small part that her work gave me the inspiration and motivation to start up this whole project in the first place!

Well, I clicked “send” and went about life as usual, figuring I’d probably never hear anything back from such a busy and successful lady, but still glad that I’d written and told her what an inspiration she has been in my kitchen (and life!) over the years.

Imagine my surprise when I got a personal response from her only hours later! And, much to my amazement, she’d already taken the time to stroll through the posts on this very blog and refer to them in her email to me!

The clever Mademoiselle J has actually graced these hallowed blog pages with her presence. It gives me shivers.

So anyway, I just thought I’d take time today to brag on that a little bit because it made me so proud. Also, I thought it would be a good opportunity to introduce the important “staff” of this blog that’s been doing a lot of work for me since its inception–my trusty and expansive collection of Pistoulet Pfaltzgraff dinnerware! So, in case any of you have seen a cute dish here and there underneath my cooking and wondered where I got it, well…now you know. 🙂

Sorry, these enormous oversized latte mugs are out of production now, but there are many more to choose from in the Pistoulet pattern!

Sorry, these enormous oversized latte mugs are out of production now, but there are many more to choose from in the Pistoulet pattern!

While many of the pieces in my own collection are long since retired (I had a lot more money to blow on china before Hubby and I started having kids!), Pfaltzgraff is continuing to release new pieces into the Pistoulet lineup all the time. I treasure both the new and old, although I watch the retired pieces like a hawk around our house and even have a couple of items Hubby knows are absolutely “off limits” for daily use. (See the rabbit dish on the bottom shelf in the top picture? The last one I saw on ebay was over a year ago and sold for over $300 without tags!)

Nonetheless, I’m one of those “serve-every-meal-on-the-good-china” type of people, so most of the Pistoulet remains in our daily lineup. I sold off my every-day Fiestaware years ago to my Homer Laughlin-collecting sister-in-law, and have made every meal since feel like a special occasion presented on my trusty Pistoulet. And truly, every meal served on it has been special.

To see the full expanse of Pistoulet chinaware pieces currently available from Pfaltzgraff, click here.

To get a copy of The Secrets of Pistoulet, click here.

To marvel at the “vine-covered website of Jana Kolpen,” click here.

Have a blessed day everyone, go cook something magical, and a here’s special hug to Ms. Kolpen for humoring a silly fan like me…

–Gracie

 

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6 Responses to “Product Feature: The Secrets of Pistoulet by Jana Kolpen”

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    […] A few weeks ago I posted that I had sent some fan mail to my favorite cookbook author and china designer, Jana Kolpen, and actually gotten an email reply which excited me to no end. An autographed dish! (See the flip side of this dish further below.) […]

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