It's good to have clever friends who choose the most clever birthday gifts. Lev and Solveig are friends like that. They gave me this incredibly beautiful cook book called 'I know how to cook' by Ginette Mathiot, known as the bible of French cooking. First published in 1932 and containing more then 1400 recipes (with 50 pages of sauces!), it's been a best seller ever since. And look at the illustrations... they were done by Blexbolex and they make me so so happy. My favourite are the cat and mouse of course.
Thanks friends, dinner is in order. Now all I need to do is repeat my mantra "I know how to cook, I know how to cook..."