Got a rickety goat cart lying around?
If so, Jody Williams wants to talk to you.
"I'm four years into my search for that cart," Williams says, elbows resting on a grooved old farm table at Buvette, her twee and terrific Francophilic diminutive bistro in NYC's West Village.
"I enjoy collecting these kinds of things. It's a quest."
For many of her fans, a trip to Buvette inspires a personal quest: to recreate both her dead-on take on honest French classics and her eclectic, perfectly curated style in our own homes.
Williams' new book, Buvette: The Pleasure of Good Food ($30), goes on sale today, answering the prayers of those smitten with her oeufs brouillés (which she scrambles using the steamer wand of an espresso maker) and oozy croque madames.
Williams took a moment out of her busy schedule (she recently opened a Buvette outpost in Paris, coals-to-Newcastle style) to talk to us about how to get the style that goes with her food.
"I hate new stuff," says Williams. She frequents flea markets, junkyards and auction houses to find stuff with "a sense of history."
"That's what I love: a sense of place and nostalgia in things, in food, in recipes."
And, if you stumble across a goat cart, you know who to call.