Worshipping Different Gods … The French (Food) Reformation

People throughout history reveal their preoccupations through their architecture, artifacts, and the written word. These aspects reflect what matters to societies at various times. It comes down, in a way, to questions of taste, not just alimentary, but cultural and moral. The fashions, the trends, the modes of the day pass and morph into others…

Pilgrimages, or, “Life is Too Big to Walk it Alone”: “The Way” by Sheen and Estevez*

Arriving at your destination is not actually the goal, but rather the journey itself - a metaphor for life obviously, as so many spiritual and secular thinkers alike have written - and the journey can be the all in all. Appropriately, last night I was one of 2500 lucky people to attend a preliminary screening…

The Bibliothèque Nationale de France and Me, Etc.

Dear readers of Gherkins & Tomatoes /Cornichons & Tomates, Soon I will embark on a great adventure, doing research on France's colonial empire at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the Archives nationales d'outre mer in Aix-en-Provence, thanks to a grant from the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Until I return, I will not have the…