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The Cardinal’s Slipper

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 across French history through the late 18th and the 19th...

Il Mangera le Riche

Il Mangera le Riche - Révolution and Food    Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity. Voltaire   Fête Nationale Française, (known as Bastille...

The Baron and the Jewel

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 purchased the Medoc estate, Chateau Lafite. This was 15 years...

Chapter 265

  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 has substituted water with wine)   Epicurus  The famous Greek philosopher Epicurus...

An Uncommon Sole

Solea Solea (The Life of a Common Sole) The Solea solea species of the Soleidae, (flatfish) family gets its name from the Latin word for sandals. It is sometimes called the Common Sole but, most famously...

A Taste of the Sea

A Taste of the Sea “Oysters are the usual opening to a winter breakfast. Indeed, they are almost indispensable.” Alexandre Balthazar Laurent Grimod de La Reynière, (1758 – 1837)  Terroir The French term terroir is often...

Signatures: Alain Darc

Signatures : Alain Darc Master Chef Alain Darc, known affectionately as ‘Papa’ by many in Cambodia, is a celebrated and decorated career chef; literally born into the fine restaurants, hotels and kitchens of France. Descended...

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