With a curious and creative eye, Paola Buratto Caovilla explores the culinary art. Cooking is raised from the common daily activity to the status of luxury pastime, where creativity and fantasy unite to give expression to passions, pleasures, and transgressions. 'Haute couture in the kitchen' contains a wealth of suggestions and variants to enrich and embellish the simplest recipe or act, allowing each of us to develop her own unique culture of the table. The author's manuscript gives advice on how to create and care for a vegetable garden, the art of elegant table settings, how to select the proper menu to best match the colour of a tablecloth, and of course, how to select the wine. The book takes you on an intriguing and suggestive itinerary composed of tales and images, a travel diary where past and present intermingle in the refined passions of Paola Buratto Caovilla. Included are old French manuscripts the author inherited from her grandmother and notes on the meals of the international jet set.