Rossant's life is truly an adventure. She was cradled as a child in Egypt inside a lively and loving Jewish family. During her middle school years, she was sent to a Catholic boarding school by a distant and absent mother masquerading during the WWII years as a Roman Catholic (though it was perhaps an honest conversion - though not even Rossant was certain). Colette returned (immediately post-war) to a strict Parisian bourgeois grandmother where life took on the semblance of a finishing school. And then, as a very young woman, she married an American architect and, after a short stint in Italy together, they moved to New York. Her life is anything but boring.
Rossant's books are brash, opinionated, charming and full of courageous, interesting stories and recipes. Collette was consistently closest to those who helped and served in the households in which she lived and it is their loving attention to her and to food that she both inherits and shares with us. While there is some repetition in the collection of books, I enjoyed all three. The set would make a fabulous Christmas present for a mother, daughter or friend who loves to cook.