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“Alcoholism and Women’s Suffrage” by Anna Soo-Hoo

Women in France did not have the right to vote until 1944.  Arguments for women's suffrage included the idea that France would be better able to fight its growing problem of alcoholism if women were [...]

“Pierrot” by Anna Soo-Hoo

Absinthe, brandy, Camembert, candy, chocolate, cognac, Cointreau, cookies, Coulommiers cheese, lemon soda, Sauternes —advertising for many food items in France from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth centuries used the Pierrot character.   The [...]

“In Paris but Dreaming of Food from Elsewhere” by Anna Soo-Hoo

Preferring a type of food other than French is not all that unthinkable, even if one does happen to dine regularly with Louis XIV, as can be seen in the writings of his sister-in-law Charlotte-Elisabeth [...]

“Shakespeare’s French Pears and Claret” by Anna Soo-Hoo

France embraced works by William Shakespeare (1564–1616) after Voltaire (1694-1778) became enthusiastic about them in the 1720s, and the English have long embraced French food, so it should not cause much of a kerfuffle to [...]

“Thomas from the Antilles” by Anna Soo-Hoo

France’s first anisette able to rival that of old houses from Amsterdam such as Lucas Bols (founded in 1575) and Wynand Fockink (founded in 1679) was the anisette produced by the 1755 company Marie Brizard [...]

“Wine Regions and Climate Change” by Anna Soo-Hoo

What happens when a wine-producing region is affected by climate change?  Below is a sampling of what has been reported in the past five years: eleven articles and two podcast episodes listed in reverse chronological [...]

“Sharing the Stage” by Anna Soo-Hoo

Books that put French cooking on a pedestal abound from the seventeenth century to the present day, but what of books in which French cooking shares the stage with recipes from other countries?  Except for [...]

“Coffee?” by Anna Soo-Hoo

Climate change has recently been disturbing coffee production in countries such as Cameroon, Haiti, and Côte d'Ivoire.  The consumer's concerns about reduced flavor quality and increased pricing for a cup of coffee (due to a [...]

“Rayt . . . or Wright: Why Moroccan Teapots Look British” by Iziar de Miguel

By the end of the nineteenth century, metalwork made in Europe began competing with the local production of Morocco.  European merchants started to sell objects inspired by the local craftsmanship from the North of Africa. [...]

“Food vs Words” by Anna Soo-Hoo

Whether words are more important than food or vice versa — interesting stances about this have been taken.  The following are a few examples.  Bon appétit !   I.   Food 1.   Je vis de [...]

“Tea with a Spot of Gallic Flair” by Anna Soo-Hoo

Tea being made into a French drink almost as if by the sheer attitude of the fashionable crowd— that is a notion suggested in a number of magazines and newspapers during the early 1900s in [...]

“Do Not . . .” by Anna Soo-Hoo

Around 1512/1514 in France an illustrated manuscript seemingly made for the heir apparent to the crown shows a number of sayings that use food as a way to talk about morals.  At the time, François [...]

“At the White House: Honoré Julien, Edith Hern Fossett, and Frances Gillette Hern” by Anna Soo-Hoo

April 3, 1807 was a regular workday for the chef Honoré Julien (1760–1830) and his assistants Edith Hern Fossett (1787-1854) and Frances Gillette Hern (1788-after 1827), both of whom were slaves.  When they were preparing [...]

“A Very Sweet Present: Moroccan Sugar Loaves” by Iziar de Miguel

In Morocco sugar loaves are offered on the occasion of a marriage proposal (two sugar loaves), weddings, births, or visits to persons celebrating their return from the pilgrimage to Mekka.  It is said that sugar [...]

“Marmelade: La Fontaine, Zola, Verlaine, Sartre, Sand, Sade, Céline” by Anna Soo-Hoo

Jam on bread can be comforting, routine, pleasant, appetizing, or too sweet.  We step into different territory, however, when we look at the French word marmelade as it has been used in figurative ways by [...]

“Compotier” by Anna Soo-Hoo

The compotier (a generally long-stemmed dish or bowl for serving dessert or uncooked fruit) has been reworked in exceptional ways by Pierre Reverdy (1889-1960), Juan Gris (1887-1927), Marcel Mültzer (1866-1937), and Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933). [...]

“Pears and . . . Ladies High Fashion? Mais oui!” by Anna Soo-Hoo

Pear trees were a distinguishing feature of aristocratic gardens in France during the fifteenth century, but it was under the reign of Henri IV that this luxury fruit became even more prominent.  When the Edict [...]

“Peasant Women Selling Apples” by Anna Soo-Hoo

Apple Marys and Apple Annies were women so nicknamed when they sold apples on the street as a way to eke out a living in New York City and other US cities during the late [...]

“Lady Apples and the Big Apple” by Anna Soo-Hoo

Is the borough of Queens in New York City really that much less interesting than Manhattan?  Not if you know that the Huguenots who had settled in colonial Flushing (present-day parts of Queens and Long [...]

“Perilous Pears Pickled, Please: Philipon and Louis-Philippe I” by Anna Soo-Hoo

The pear motif in caricatures of King Louis-Philippe I (1773-1850) that were drawn by Charles Philipon (1800-1862) and his fellow caricaturists has been analyzed by critics from many angles, but an approach that seems not [...]