New Clothes Always Help

Today Gherkins & Tomatoes / Cornichons & Tomates begins its fourth year of blogging by donning a new look. The  new design minimizes sidebar distractions, allowing readers to focus on the latest post. Sleek, like a little black dress without even a string of pearls …

Un Petit Départ, Un Petit “Au Revoir”, or, Helping Père Noël and Saint Nicolas

During this Christmas season,  Gherkins & Tomatoes / Cornichons & Tomates will be in a state of flux, assisting Père Noël and St. Nicolas with the festivities here, as well as hibernating and storing up fat (information) for future posts. Needless to say, posting may become sporadic until January 6 (Epiphany). I wish you all a … More Un Petit Départ, Un Petit “Au Revoir”, or, Helping Père Noël and Saint Nicolas

Another Last Word on French Cuisine and UNESCO’s “Intangible Cultural Heritage” Program

The recent inscribing of  “intangible cultural heritage” status  to “the French gastronomic meal” by UNESCO brought both cheers and jeers to the table. As I wash my hands and get out my Le Creuset terrine baker for the paté de campagne en croûte for Thanksgiving appetizers, I’d like to share a quote with all of you … More Another Last Word on French Cuisine and UNESCO’s “Intangible Cultural Heritage” Program

The French Gastronomic Meal, UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

French Gastronomic Meal The Committee 1. Takes note that France has nominated the gastronomic meal of the French for inscription on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, described as follows: The gastronomic meal of the French is a customary social practice for celebrating important moments in the lives of individuals and groups, such … More The French Gastronomic Meal, UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity