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The Art of Camembert

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  The Art of Camembert   “Muftis and bishops should be like ripe camembert cheeses - a bit on the nose and not for the faint-hearted,...

The Cardinal’s Slipper

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The Cardinal’s Slipper Pantoufle du Cardinal   “Wine is the intellectual part of a meal while meat is the material.” Alexandre Dumas   Dumas The name Alexandre Dumas is writ large...

Il Mangera le Riche

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Il Mangera le Riche - Révolution and Food    Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure...

All Dressed Up in a Sour Place

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All Dressed Up in a Sour Place "Let me embrace thee, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course." William Shakespeare   The...

The Black Prince and a Hill of Beans

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The Black Prince and a Hill of Beans “Cassoulet, like life itself, is not so simple as it seems.” -Paula Wolfert   The Black Prince The prince was...

A Wine of the Timeless Wind

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  Eternity He who binds to himself a joy Does the winged life destroy He who kisses the joy as it flies Lives in eternity's sunrise William Blake - 1757-1827   The...

The Baron and the Jewel

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The Baron and the Jewel In 1868, Baron James de Rothschild of what was to become known as the ‘French branch’ of the Rothschild family...

Wonder Wall

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Wonder Wall For many people, it is sometimes difficult to appreciate the mark-up on wines in restaurants, the significantly higher prices -often for the...

The Pastry at the End of the Earth

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The Pastry at the End of the Earth “It is for others one must learn to do everything; for there lies the secret of happiness.” Jules...

Chapter 265

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  Chapter 265   A list of the requirements to live a happy life: Freedom Self Sufficiency Friendship Thought Wine Bread & Cheese -Epicurus, (#Note: Epicurus was an avowed teetotal, the author here...