Le Bon Marché is a high-end department store that attracts tourists and Parisians alike. From clothing to homewares to jewelry, shoppers can get lost amongst the many aisles offering high quality goods in a luxury ambiance. From now until August 16, 2014 Le Bon Marché reveals a unique exhibit that will please lovers of both books and sweets. In the book section of the store, the exhibition 'A Summer of Treats' ('Un été de gourmandises') allows visitors to discover the world of Pierre Hermé, the celebrated pastry chef who specializes in macarons.
The exhibit features the books Gourmandises au tricot et au crochet (Knitting and Crochet Treats) by Françoise Vauzielles and Pierre Hermé et Moi (Pierre Hermé and Me) by Soledad Bravi. Vauzielles's book offers an adorable look into knitted objects in the form of pastries and other desserts. As such, wooly versions of cookies, cakes, macarons and puff pastry among other things are presented. To celebrate the books, a number of knitted desserts will be on display live at the bookshop in Le Bon Marché. More than 30 pieces are being exhibited, and each piece has been made in honor of a speciality of a specific chef. Pierre Hermé's creation, the 'Ispahan,' makes an appearance in this collection of knitted art pieces.
Pierre Hermé is the subject of Bravi's book, and the author considered the chef to be the Picasso of pastry. Therefore, the exhibit also includes sketches and designs that have been created by Bravi, who spent roughly two months with Hermé. Appropriately, her book illustrates this behind-the-scenes experience, which she undertook in an effort to learn the secret behind the perfect macaron.
Guests staying at one of the Grands Hôtels Parisiens can enjoy this quaint look into the pastry world during their stay in Paris. Le Bon Marché is centrally located in the 7th arrondissement of Paris.