When I spent five months living in Paris in 2000, I fell in love – with loose, fluffy omelettes stuffed with gruyere; creamy paté slathered on crispy baguettes; and pillowy, sweet pain au lait that I picked up each morning at the patisserie on my way to class. After my return Stateside, I made it my mission to find solid approximations of these and my many other edible French amours, and though it took some hunting – I tried many a leaden croissant – New York City ultimately supplied my fix. Even better, the Grande Pomme knows no closing times; the City of Light is available any time of day in the City that Never Sleeps. Here's a 24-hour guide to eating French in New York. Keep reading »
Almost impossibly expensive and difficult to re-create, the title meal in Babette's Feast was a grand gesture of gratitude. Molly O'Neill, writing for the New York Times, simplified the movie's main dish so that a home cook could relish the experience.
Julie & Julia is the most-talked-about food movie in recent times, and at its center is Julia Child's classic boeuf à la bourguignonne. Although the Julie Powell blog, on which the movie was based, has long been taken down, other savvy food bloggers have taken hold of the dish and transformed it. Here is the Savory Shutter's Julia Child experience.
This classic comedy, in which four friends arrange a weekend of indulgence and gastronomic decadence, is a must-see for any film foodie. During the weekend they enjoy an enormous apple tart baked in the shape of a voluptuous woman's rear. We present master chef and arbiter of true French cooking Jacque Pepin's own apple tart recipe.
Traditionally, ratatouille is a French Provençal dish of stewed vegetables that, while tasting marvelous, often look somewhat muddy as the colors bleed together. Not so in the movie Ratatouille, where the dish is presented in Technicolor glory. Smitten Kitchen has created a ratatouille that is as beautiful and tasty as the one in the film.
This movie's over-the-top sensuous culinary feast reaches gastronomic heights. My French Kitchen serves up these beautiful oysters with pomegranate vinaigrette as an homage to the Sun King that we can all enjoy at home.
Rich yet delicate and buttery, foie gras is often named by foodies as one of the ultimate delicacies. In the movie Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?, each chef creates a spectacular high-caloric dish. Our duck pâté in pastry crust recipe is a heart-stopper and could warrant you the title of greatest chef at your own table.
Life's a Feast pays homage to her adopted town of Nantes, France, with this recipe for a local specialty bread. The dough is perfumed with orange flower water and baked in the shape of a flower. Continue...