Initially, we were going to call this book, “The Grand Adventures of Hardware Société,”—in fact, it was the working title for quite a period of time. Because, well, ‘grand,’ they certainly were.
Penned by Michael Harden, with concept, naming, photography direction and design by us, No Eggs on Toast as it’s now known, chronicles the vision, the life, the recipes and dynamic personalities of Di and Will Keser, founders and owners of Hardware Société cafes in Melbourne and Paris.
Over the course of a few weeks, we photographed between Melbourne and Paris, and also Normandy, where Will and Di share a rambling country home.
Reflecting the characters of the more subdued Will, the exuberant Di, their three rescue dogs, and the energy and love between them all, the book oscillates between restrained and quiet pages of intricate recipes, to loud, bold and colourful pages of type.
The result is a great cookbook, but also a tale of enthusiasm, hard work, trials, tribulations, love, creativity, imagination, and great coffee.
It says, ‘discover your own path, and anything is possible.’ Except, perhaps, eggs on toast.