Fresh cornichons at the market
When out in the French countryside, I sometimes stumble upon great places for antiques and kitchenware. In this post, I share one of my finds, as well as answer the eternal question, "Where do you put it all?" Check out the new post on my blog here=>
Countryside goûter (snack) - spelt bread from local baker with salty butter 🇫🇷
Cheese festival runs out of...cheese
Was working on a new page for my blog and when I saw this picture, from my visit to Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse, it reminded me of how enticing their chocolates are. Will have to hit their bean-to-bar chocolate shop when the August vacations are over! More here => http://www.davidlebovitz.com/la-manufacture-de-chocolat-alain-ducasse/
One of my favorite people, vanilla expert Patricia Rain, is hosting a dinner on September 29th in Santa Cruz, California. Patricia is one of the most knowledgeable people I know on the subject of vanilla and here's a chance to meet her, and learn about this popular (and mysterious) flavoring...
Just noticed my upcoming book is available at a special pre-order price - nearly 50% off! - online (*price subject to change) http://amzn.to/2fFNYxf
Time to ditch the yacht? ;)
Some cities in Europe struggle to cope with an influx of tourists
The outdoor markets in the French countryside are often spectacular, but in the summer, they can be especially beautiful with fresh tomatoes, local cheeses, and just-baked breads. We spent the morning at this one, doing some shopping, and downing a couple of dozen oysters. Check out the post on my blog =>
cup vs cone
My favorite (and most dangerous) thing to do is rummage through miscellaneous cutlery at thrift stores, at Emmaüs.Angoulême
Doing some antiquing. Will be sharing a blog post on it shortly! (After I'm done shopping, that is.) Here's a preview : )
It's not a situation that I find myself in often, but if you've got too many tomatoes, this tomato soup with a zippy corn salsa, combines my favorite flavors of summer in each bowl. Even if you don't have an overload of tomatoes, consider it highly recommended!
...Sold! (to me...I wish)
Lyon is great...and just 2 hours from Paris!
Pâtissier paradise: Pastry molds, tart rings and cake pans at METRO Cash & Carry France
Summer fruits are in full swing, and I'm using as many of them as I can. (If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat, you've likely seen a LOT of jam-making from my kitchen in the last few days...) I got a deal on apricots, and went back for more...and more and more. So I used some of my sweet windfalls to make an apricot-cherry galette, with a layer of frangipan underneath. Check out the recipe that I just posted on my blog! =>
I'm looking forward to joining my pal Joanne Weir at Draeger's on my book tour. We'll be chatting and doing a Q+A. Snacks and wine will be served. Space is limited (and registration just opened), so sign up if you'd like to join us!
No one knows the bar scene in Paris better than 52 Martinis. Check out her new (free) app!
Anyone out there ever made liqueur de noyaux (apricot kernel liqueur)? I've looked at a bunch of French recipes and some say to add the kernels uncracked. Some say wash the kernels, some say not to. Others say to crack the kernels and use both the kernel shells and kernels, and others say to use the whole kernels, uncracked. (Which doesn't sound like a way to get much of the flavor out of them, since the kernel is inside.) If anyone's ever made it, would be interested in hearing what you've done.
Outstanding palmier from Le Boulanger de la Tour - and not a bad place to eat it, either...
I stumbled upon this shop the other day in Paris, running errands, and immediately was intrigued by their ice cream. Sure enough, it was fascinating, including using their use of organic ingredients and making ice cream with mastic. The "intense" chocolate ice cream, they warned me, was...well, intense. Which was all I needed to hear to give it a go! Check out this family-owned shop, featured in a new post on my blog =>
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Page of David Lebovitz, pastry chef and cookbook author, who lives in Paris and writes about food, culture and travel. On this page are links to stories and recipes of interest.