Pastry Paris, the brainchild of Francophile and graphic designer Susan Hochbaum, is a book with hardly any words. Instead, it juxtaposes a photo of a Parisian landmark or French object with a pastry it bears an uncanny resemblance to. St. Honore, a choux confection lavished with ribbons of whipped cream, finds a partner in frothy white couture. An eclair, meanwhile, echoes the shape and veneer of an antique Metro sign. The result is a book full of breathtaking eye candy, tiny revelations, and a delight in the everyday that is truly infectious. Pastry Paris also reveals to what extent patissiers are inspired by their environments, even if they don’t realize it themselves.
Pastry Paris, $13.57 at Amazon