While this woman's life near-torments me with its perfection, I have never found anyone who so perfectly depicts my perspective on food and drink. Seriously, click on that link and read. (Savour the photos - the visual incarnation of perfect relaxation.) If you can't taste that wine and those tartlets, I wanna know. One of these days I'm going to France to attend one of Ms. Thorisson's cooking workshops - if only to sit in that kitchen and drink.
I seriously don't know how she has time to rebuild / decorate / manage a Chateau, run classes, write cookbooks, sit in fine restaurants for multiple hours and raise 7 children and 4 dogs. The youngest child is barely out of infancy?! This woman makes Gwyneth Paltrow look like she's phoning it in.
Just thinking about all those kids and dogs makes me want to curl up into a fetal ball - and yet you can tell she thrives on it. She loves everything she does, everything she has (to say nothing of how she too might be ready to curl up into her own fetal ball on occasion, given all of her responsibilities).
I admire people who inhabit their lives - who suck every last morsel from the shell. Life is as much about its brevity as anything else and we are, frankly, foolish not to sit in the bistro (metaphoric or no), for just a little bit longer, nursing that cortado and watching the world drift by.