You sit on a picnic blanket on a lawn of grass, surrounded by many others doing the same. Far away in front of you is the Eiffel Tower, the sun setting behind it, that magical moment when the sky glows red and orange before succumbing to the darkness. A white ramekin lies daintily on the blanket, the top caramelized and burnt, the sun reflecting in its sugar crystals.

Creme brulee. With a firm snap of your spoon the burnt crust shatters, revealing a fragile custard filling, quivering. The sweet, eggy custard combined with the bitterness from the burnt sugar. Inhumanly smooth and crunchy - the perfect blend of textures. As you eat the creme brulee, the Eiffel Tower sparkles. It is this moment that you realize what the French have mastered: appreciating the simple things in life.

“Instead, she cultivates a taste for small pleasures: dipping her hand into sacks of grain, cracking creme brulee with a teaspoon, and skipping stones on at St. Martin’s Canal.” Amelie, 2001.

This capsule comes with 3 fiction books that are set in France, one of which is published by Unnamed Press, a small, independent literary publisher in Los Angeles.

Disclaimer: These books may contain content that is not intended for younger readers, such as sexual content, violence, or bad language.

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