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The 1918 Diet of Schoolchildren in Paris

By |March 31st, 2018|

In 1918 the American Red Cross tried to improve the diet of schoolchildren in impoverished parts of Paris.  A May 8th report from Paris in the June 22, 1918 issue of the Medical Record published […]

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

By |February 28th, 2018|

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 […]

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“Thomas from the West Indies” by Anna Soo-Hoo

By |December 31st, 2017|

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 […]

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

By |November 30th, 2017|

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 […]

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“Sharing the Stage” by Anna Soo-Hoo

By |October 31st, 2017|

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 […]

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“Coffee?” by Anna Soo-Hoo

By |September 30th, 2017|

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 […]

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

By |June 18th, 2017|

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. […]

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“Food vs Words” by Anna Soo-Hoo

By |May 31st, 2017|

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 bonne soupe, et […]

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

By |April 15th, 2017|

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 […]

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“Do Not . . .” by Anna Soo-Hoo

By |March 26th, 2017|

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 […]

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

By |February 25th, 2017|

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 […]

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