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Hi! I’m Allison, and I’m an Edutainer working in French food, culture, history, and art. If you’re a gastro-curious traveler or learner, I’m here to show you the A to Z of French food and culture!

Salt Cod and Potato Gratin

Salt Cod and Potato Gratin

Merci, Monsieur Parmentier!For years, I always bought Salt Cod and Potato Gratin, or Brandade Parmentière, at my fishmonger’s (or even sometimes at Monoprix!). My reasoning was this: if they sell Salt Cod and Potato Gratin in stores, already made and ready to pop into...

Salt Cod and Potato Gratin

If you’ve never used salt cod in recipes, you’re missing out! My recipe for Salt Cod and Potato Gratin or Brandade Parmentière is a favorite in Paris. Find out what makes it so Parisian by reading here!

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Anchovy and Red Pesto Pinwheels

Anchovy and Red Pesto Pinwheels

The Meaning of the PartyIn January, France lost a beloved actor and director, Jean-Pierre Bacri. Often teaming up in films with his erstwhile wife, Agnès Jaoui, the pair were dubbed “Jacri” by the press, a little like a French equivalent of “Brangelina” (Jacri being...

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Grandma’s Chocolate Mousse

Grandma’s Chocolate Mousse

Regressive Pleasures If you were walking through upper Ménilmontant on a Sunday morning before lockdown(s), you would have seen young families lined up outside Benoît Castel’s bakery and restaurant. He’s the newish darling of eastern Parisian bakers. Happily waiting...