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Calling All Lazy Dessert-Lovers: Rosa Jackson Collects Recipes for New Cookbook and You Could Be Included

macaronsMacarons with sprinkles. Photo: Miss Wadever Blog

Lazy? Have a sweet tooth? Have we got the job for you! Our friend Rosa Jackson (of Edible Adventures) is working on her second cookbook, Les Meilleurs Desserts des Paresseuses (“Lazy Women’s Best Desserts”). From now until mid-February, Rosa will be testing recipes to include in the book, and she is accepting ideas from lazy people far and wide.

The main idea? “Easy, fast recipes for lazy people who want to impress without breaking a sweat.” Most of the recipes will be variations on traditional French desserts, but Rosa will also include some Italian and Anglo-inspired dishes (and a few organic options for the health-conscious). Continue Reading »

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I Know How To Cook – Ginette Mathiot’s Classic Cookbook translated: Chocolate & Zucchini’s Clotilde Dusoulier at WH Smith in Paris – Tuesday, Nov. 17

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Our friend Clotilde Dusoulier (of Chocolate and Zucchini) has helped to edit the English version of Ginette Mathiot’s classic french cookbook, Je Sais Cuisiner. This book is the bible of French cooking and can be found in just about every French kitchen (Fanny Farmer or The Joy of Cooking would be the American equivalents). When I spoke to Clotilde last spring, she was wrapping up the project, and this Tuesday, November 17, at 7pm, she will be at WH Smith to publicize the book—on shelves now in France and the United States. The event will also mark the 6th anniversary of Chocolate and Zucchini, Clotilde’s wildly successful food blog that put her on the map as one of today’s best culinary bloggers. Continue Reading »

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Pumpkin Bread Recipe from Marjorie Taylor of The Cook’s Atelier – Perfect for Halloween

With Halloween rapidly approaching, our friend Marjorie Taylor’s recipe for Pumpkin Spice Bread is exactly what we’re craving. Her website, The Cook’s Atelier, is full of great food and cooking ideas…

by Marjorie Taylor

The last days of summer flew by in a flash for me and it seems that by the time I finally caught my breath, we were already in the beginning of autumn.  The leaves are changing, there is a crispness to the air and you can smell the smoke from the neighbor’s fireplace.  The markets are giving way to the last little bit of summer produce and are beginning to reflect the season with a showing of heirloom apples, sweet pears, Cinderella pumpkins, quince and wild mushrooms. Continue Reading »

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American chef in Burgundy – Marjorie Taylor Visits the Fall Market in Beaune & Bakes Yummy Apple Tart

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Marjorie Taylor is the proprietor and cook  in The Cook’s Atelier, which she started in order to explore French regional culinary traditions and promote local artisans and sustainable farmers.  A long-time member of Chef’s Collaborative and Slow Food, she is inspired by farmers’ markets, small artisan food producers, eating locally and entertaining at home. Marjorie offers English language cooking classes and market tours in her lovely location in Beaune, (Burgundy) France.

She will also organize private classes and tours anywhere in France. Her blog focuses on real food that is fresh, local and sustainable and combines her interest in food, photography, travel and appreciating the little details in life.

Below, she writes about her visit to the Fall market in Beaune, Burgundy and the resulting classic French apple tart recipe she baked.

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Rosa Jackson Says It’s Time for Mirabelles

Guest blogger Rosa Jackson (one of our favorite France-based foodies and author of Edible Adventures) shares some insight into the art of the mirabelle–in season right now!


Text by Rosa Jackson

When summer decides that it’s over in the south of France, it doesn’t fool around. For a few days last week, it was as if someone with a wicked sense of humor was aiming a giant fire hose at the city of Nice. Local artist Sylvie T.’s mother, who delights in chatting with passers-by in front of her Old Town gallery, put it more poetically. “In Nice it doesn’t rain; it’s the sun that’s crying.”

The tomatoes are no longer as sweet, eggplants are on their way out and peaches are ancient history (even if there are still some impostors at the market stalls), but unlike the capricious sun, I’m still finding reasons to stay cheerful. First among these are mirabelles, little yellow plums with a pink blush that appear at the market for no more than six weeks every year. I first spotted them this year at the Paris markets in early September, and was not surprised to see them pop up in various guises wherever I turned: when a fruit has a season this brief, no cook can resist it. Continue Reading »

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Rachel Khoo’s Cucumber & Mint Soup

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The markets of Paris are bursting with fresh produce, but who wants to spend August slaving over a hot stove? Food creative Rachel Khoo has come to our rescue with a chilled soup that is perfect for a simple summer meal.

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Sassy Summer Recipes from Rachel Khoo

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Rachel Khoo, one of our favorite Paris foodies, has been cooking up a storm all summer, jetting (or EuroStar-ing) between Paris and London to bring her unique brand of “creative cookery” to hungry crowds on both sides of the Channel. In May, she had the opportunity to cook for a super-secret-underground concert by Beirut, one of the most innovative and fun bands around today. Beirut always puts on a good show, and Rachel never fails in the kitchen, so we couldn’t wait to hear what she cooked up for this event.  Continue Reading »

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