If you ever needed any proof that life is, in fact, beautiful, then spend some quality time on Mimi Thorisson’s Instagram account. The French cook and writer, who splits her time between Médoc and Turin, documents her adventures both in and out of the kitchen with the kind of style and splendor that has inspired thousands, if not millions, of urbanites to contemplate a more satisfying life in the provinces. Her new cookbook, Old World Italian: Recipes and Secrets from Our Travels in Italy, is packed with traditional, ingredient-driven recipes that even culinary neophytes can attempt with confidence. Despite her mastery of all things domestic, her taste is just as exacting when it comes to matters outside of the home. —Ashley Baker
Airline: Singapore Airlines. I always loved their uniforms. I bought the same top and paired it with Levi’s 501 in the early 90s.
Airport: It’s closed now, but it has to be the old Kai Tak Airport, in Hong Kong. It was always a thrill to land on that narrow strip and be so close to the buildings.
Bag: A vintage Celine bag in burgundy.
Bedtime: Too late—11:30 p.m.!
Birthday: One with lobster, Jura wine, and a Saint-Honoré cake.
Breakfast, weekday: Blueberries and Assam tea with a cloud of milk.
Breakfast, weekend: Focaccia and prosciutto cotto.
Car: If I could only drive! My fantasy car is a vintage Jaguar in racing green.