I've heard a bit about the late Au Bon Gout, the legendary culinary and kitchenware store located in Palm Beach. Founded by the late Harriet Healy in the 1950s, Au Bon Gout supposedly carried all kinds of marvelous cookware, table accessories (including Dodie Thayer lettuceware), and antiques. It was also where Healy, a noted cook, taught cooking classes. Healy later sold the shop to a business partner who continued to run the shop, although I can't find any information on when the business actually ceased operations.
Being mildly familiar with Healy, I got a little excited when I saw this 1965 House & Garden article that featured Healy's Palm Beach kitchen. Now I realize that this kitchen is not to everyone's taste what with the blue and white toile, but I find it utterly charming. Evidently, Craig Claiborne felt the same way as he wrote in the New York Times that the kitchen was "one of the best-equipped and most beguilingly styled kitchens in Palm Beach." What makes this kitchen so different from many kitchens today is that you can actually imagine food being cooked there. There also seems to be a lot of Healy's personality present in the kitchen with the toile fabric, the antiques, and the painted cabinetry serving as evidence of Healy's keen interest in French furniture, decor, and cooking.
After seeing these photos, I felt a wave of nostalgia for both charming, warm kitchens as well as traditional French food, both of which seem to be a little out of favor today. I think it's high time to bring back both.
P.S.- Healy wrote a series of cook books that were published in the 1960s and 70s. Click here to see what she wrote.