Great article by Sarah Bakewell, on Paris Review site from November 2010: What Bloggers Owe [Michel de] Montaigne Don’t forget that Michel wrote about cannibalism, relating it to ethical issues. Read his essays in translation HERE. A taste, if I may be so bold: I am not sorry that we notice the barbarous horror of … More Michel de Montaigne: “Literally” an Ancestor?
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 …
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
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
Click on the image to “attend” a gorgeous exposition of the history of medieval French cuisine: Be sure to click on the images in order to start the slide shows, chock full of paintings depicting culinary life during the Middle Ages.
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
Pigs and hams, barbecue and ice cream — all are foods associated with joy and love and celebration. In the United States, anyway. And writers take these foods and weave words around and around like so many carefully knitted stitches, creating new books, making this year an exciting time for food and history lovers. The … More What’s New in Culinary Books
Surely all of you now know about the latest disaster to hit Haiti — an earthquake of 7.0 hit Haiti at about 4 PM on January 12, 2010, followed by aftershocks of 5.5 and 5.9. The damage to Port-au-Prince looks like the result of a bombing raid and, indeed, experts say that the devastation resembles … More In Haiti, The Four Horsemen Strike Again