Yearly Archives: 2018

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A Student-Run Soup Kitchen in the Latin Quarter

By |2019-02-02T22:11:16+00:00December 31st, 2018|Food Blog|

University students in Paris during the Great Depression took the initiative to open a soup kitchen in the Latin Quarter even though they themselves neither did the cooking nor had enough money.  Part of their [...]

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Luxe

By |2019-12-26T23:22:50+00:00November 30th, 2018|Food Blog|

“Le luxe est le pain de ceux qui vivent de brioche.” — André Saurès (1868-1948), Voici l’homme (1906)   Marie-Antoinette (1755-1793) might not have actually said “Qu'ils mangent de la brioche” during the French Revolution, [...]

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James McNeill Whistler and Loïs Mailou Jones

By |2020-01-24T04:04:46+00:00November 30th, 2018|Food Blog|

Parisian eateries play an interesting part in an etching by James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) and in a painting by Loïs Mailou Jones (1905-1998), two American artists who had spent a considerable amount of time in [...]

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Alcoholism and Women’s Suffrage

By |2019-06-03T20:03:54+00:00May 31st, 2018|Food Blog, Food, France & Politics|

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 [...]

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Pierrot

By |2019-06-22T18:58:52+00:00April 30th, 2018|Food Blog|

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.   [...]

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In Paris but Dreaming of Food from Elsewhere

By |2019-06-03T20:49:06+00:00March 31st, 2018|Food Blog|

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 [...]

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Shakespeare’s French Pears and Claret

By |2019-06-03T20:52:11+00:00February 28th, 2018|Early Modern Food, Food Blog|

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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