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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!

Chilled Green Pea Soup with Cumin and Pistachios

Chilled Green Pea Soup with Cumin and Pistachios

Culinary Mystery Solved!Once in a while, I get a message from a newsletter subscriber who is looking for a particular product or recipe they tried in Paris. A few years ago, I opened a message on my web site and found this one from a reader looking for a green pea...

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Basque Burnt Cheesecake

Basque Burnt Cheesecake

The Julia Child Documentary Coming soonish to a screen near you is the much-anticipated documentary film Julia (working title), about the life of everyone’s favorite American French chef, Julia Child. Distributed by Sony Pictures and Imagine Entertainment, the...



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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!