Tag Archives: french cuisine

Un/Une Gastronome

I just finished reading The Perfect Meal: In Search of the Lost Tastes of France, by John Baxter. Baxter’s an Australian writer who has made his home in Paris for twenty-five years. His book was inspired by one of the … Continue reading

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La bonne chère et le bon vin réjouissent le cœur du gastronome

One of the greatest French chefs of all time, Marie Antoine Carême, most commonly known as Antonin, was born on June 8, 1784. At only ten years of age, he was left by his parents to fend for himself in … Continue reading

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Fait maison

Do you realize that when you dine out, you could be eating re-heated frozen food instead of a meal freshly prepared by a chef? It’s all too common. Recently, fifteen of France’s greatest chefs, led by super-stars Alain Ducasse and … Continue reading

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La petite cuisine Parisienne

I don’t cook much, but I do love French food. Having just come back from France, and having recently consumed a sumptuous gratin dauphinois, the beautiful cover of The Little Paris Kitchen: 120 Simple but Classic French Recipes, by Rachel Khoo, … Continue reading

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Quel œuf!

Today I read an article in Le Monde in praise of the egg and listing the many egg related idiomatic expressions. I’ve added a few more: quel œuf! (kel euf) – what an idiot! faire l’œuf  – to play the … Continue reading

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Roi des cuisiniers et le cuisinier des rois

French chef, restaurateur, and culinary writer Georges Auguste Escoffier was born on October 28, 1846. His main contribution to French cooking was to simplify and modernize the cuisine of Antoine Carême. He also streamlined kitchen organization into the militaristic style … Continue reading

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La vache !

The annual Salon International de l’Agriculture will run from February 19 to 27, 2011 in Paris. It’s a huge, huge event. To see it properly, you’d need to consecrate three days. What’s the big deal? France is justifiably proud of … Continue reading

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