The French – they just really seem to have it all together, don’t they? They eat cheese and drink wine without feeling guilty, they have perfectly mussed bedhead, and they look effortlessly chic cruising down the road with a long loaf of crusty baguette in their bike basket.
Short of denouncing your heritage or moving to Lyon, one cannot just become French, but you can inject some Francophile style into your kitchen. These pieces bring a French sensibility and, if you squint your eyes just right, you can pretend you’re in an apartment overlooking the Seine. Take note: If you have a best pal who dreams of Marseille, these pieces all make great gifts, too.
1. Boat Stripe Linen Towel, $50 per set at Couleur Nature: Is there anything Frenchier than blue and white stripes? We think, non. Bonus points if you tip a batch of just-baked madeleines onto one of these towels.
2. Tapered Maple Rolling Pin, $24 at Williams-Sonoma: French pastry chefs love a tapered rolling pin — it makes it so much easier to roll out thin, uniform circles of dough for your summer galettes. This one is slender and lightweight, making it easy to use and just plain nice to look at.
3. French Ceramic Butter Keeper, $35 at Food52: The French are serious about their butter (as they should be) and this earthen container keeps the good stuff spreadable using a method that dates back to the 1800s. Just add water to the base of the keeper to create an airtight seal around the butter.
4. Marble Salt Keeper, $30 at Sur La Table: Like the French, we believe that all meals are better with a bit of finishing salt. This acacia-and-marble salt keeper looks great on the counter and keeps salt and other seasonings close at hand.
5. 8-Quart Oval Dutch Oven, $380 at Le Creuset: This colorful cookware has been a staple in French kitchens for years. From coq au vin to boeuf bourguignon, this cast-iron Dutch oven can handle anything in your French recipe repertoire.