Inspired by: French Kitchens.

I wrote recently about how much Mr. Magpie and I love copper cookware. It is pricey, but it conducts heat beautifully and more nimbly* than other metals, like cast-iron. (There is a long article about the pros and cons of copper here, but the takeaway for me was: “It heats quickly and evenly, but it loses that heat just as fast. This responsiveness gives it a nimbleness and agility that can be very useful for delicate proteins like fish and seafood, as well as sauces, caramel, and chocolate—remove a copper saucepan holding a delicate sauce from the heat and its temperature will drop rapidly, reducing the chances the sauce overcooks or breaks from exposure to the retained heat in the metal.”) Plus, I just I love the look, which instantly transports me to a traditional French kitchen, a look I’ve always loved.

french country kitchen
french country kitchen
The Fashion Magpie French Country Kitchen 2

Below, how to borrow from the vibe in your own home…

french country kitchen finds
SALT MILL // GINGHAM DOUBLE OVEN MITT // COPPER PENDANT // LINEN NAPKIN SET (QUITE GOOD FOR THE PRICE – I OWN A FEW SETS OF THESE) // MARBLE CHEESE DOME // COPPER LADLE // ARTICHOKE SCULPTURE // RAMEKINS // STAUB DUTCH OVEN (ONE OF OUR MOST-USED KITCHEN TOOLS) // FRENCH COTTON DISH TOWELS // COPPER BUTTER KEEPER // LAGUIOLE SERVERS // COPPER WALL MOUNT POT RACK // MAUVIEL ROASTING PAN // LA ROCHERE BEE TUMBLERS // POTTED ROSEMARY

A few other finds not seen above worth a gander:

SPOOL OF BUTCHER’S TWINE — WE HAVE THIS AND THE BLADE ON THE TOP MAKES IT SO EASY TO USE ONE-HANDED, WHICH IS SOMEHOW ALWAYS HOW IT ENDS UP HAPPENING…ONE HAND COVERED IN MEAT JUICE!

GLASS CHEESE DOME

WOOD-HANDLED CHEESE KNIVES

ROSEMARY WREATH

COPPER UTENSIL SET

WOVEN BREAD BASKETS

ENAMEL FLATWARE SET

COPPER CANNELE MOLDS

MARBLE BUTTER KEEPER

COPPER BOWL

GINGHAM TABLECLOTH

INDIVIDUAL GRATIN DISHES

MAUVIEL SUGAR SAUCEPAN

OLIVE WOOD SCOOP

EMILE HENRY LOAF PAN

MARBLE MORTAR AND PESTLE SET

RAMEKINS WITH LIDS

EGG CRATE

COPPER CANISTERS (HAVE ALWAYS WANTED THESE)

LIQUID HAND SOAP

WOOD EGG CUPS

CHEESE BOARD

MARBLE UTENSIL HOLDER

GINGHAM APRON

MAUVIEL HANDLED JAM BOWL

P.S. Are you an adventurous eater?

P.P.S. My favorite drinkware.

P.P.P.S. An addictive snack for your family’s next game night / cards night. Also good for Sunday football!

6 Comments

  1. Our cookware is mainly copper too for all the reasons you noted. First piece was a saucepan purchased from Dehillerin in Paris. Initially my husband balked at the price. But it quickly became his favorite kitchen item. Since then we’ve added several pieces. I love the patina that has developed. There used to be an annual Mauviel warehouse sale in Delaware. Maybe it will resume post-pandemic. On the opposite side of the spectrum, we have a collection of cast iron also. Both materials serve their purposes. And they all bring me joy. This might be one of those high low scenarios.

    1. Hi Linnea – Totally agree that “both materials serve their purposes.” Yes! Sometimes you need the cast iron for really good maillard. You just need that texture! I am so envious of your copper collection, both for functionality and style!

      xx

  2. Very intrigued by the cooper butter keeper as a salt mill with a cover! I think you would love the Provence Poiriers Instagram account… their french kitchen is beautiful and filled with cooper pots/pans!

    1. Oo yes, I’ve seen that gorgeous property!! Spectacular. And I love the idea of the butter keeper as a salt cellar!

      xx

  3. Hi Jen,
    If you haven’t already seen it, you might try watching “For the Love of Kitchens” on the Magnolia network. It is a lovely glimpse of the team behind deVOL Kitchens working from a 16th century water mill in England.

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