French Food Idioms, The End of French Cuisine, and Food Manners in France

Good Food with Evan Kleiman

Vive la France! If you missed Bastille Day earlier this month, here is your second chance to celebrate francophone culture! Good Food this week was all about France and its food culture - or possible lack thereof. Here are the highlights:

French Food Idioms: Clotilde Dusoulier, one of our favorite bloggers, shares some common French phrases with roots in French food. Our favorite? Avoir la moutarde qui monte au nez, which literally means "to have mustard rise up to one's nose" and is used to describe someone who is losing their temper!

Au Revoir to All That: Michael Steinberger brings up a rather disturbing debate: is France losing its food culture? France has long been a culinary giant, but Steinberger describes a France where restaurants and artisan producers are being forced to close or become modernized and where McDonald's is now one of the largest private-sector employers in France. What do you think?

The Sweet Life in France: Can you imagine eating a hamburger with a knife and fork? Another favorite blogger of ours, David Lebovitz, talks about this and other French table manners that might seem a little quirky to Americans.

Ice Cream Architecture: The ladies of Coolhaus Ice Cream have some fun new ideas for spiffing up the humble ice cream sandwich. If you're looking for more ways to eat ice cream this summer, definitely check them out!

The Gamble House: We love sneaking peaks at other people's kitchens, so this audio tour of the iconic Gamble kitchen designed by architects Charles and Henry Green definitely caught our interest! As if that weren't enough, Chef Mark Peel has developed a cookbook of all the recipes cooked in the kitchen.

What were your favorite parts from last week's show?

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Related: Cooking by Feel: French Ingredients and Flavors

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