Happy Friday from France. The talk of this week was largely about the impending reconfinement in France. As it turns out, we are going to be under a version of lockdown in Paris (and other regions of France, although not nationally) for the next four weeks. This week’s Five Friday Finds from France is all food and market related. It features my new go-to French Apple Cider Vinegar, Dior Book Tote inspired Rive Gauche bags, the new Let’s Eat France book and more!
The Best Sarrasin (Buckwheat) Galettes
Galettes are a staple in my fridge because they’re easy and quick to make, always good, and you can put basically anything you want inside. You’d think it would be simple enough to make the dough at home, but it’s deceptively tricky and just honestly easier to buy pre-made galettes. I’ve tried a lot of different kinds, but none are as good as these. I bought them from Fromagerie Luna at the Marché des Sablons in Neuilly. If you don’t happen to be in the area, two key phrases I would look out for are Fabrication Artisanale and Tournées à la Main.
My Go-To French Apple Cider Vinegar
This week I was thrilled to find my new go-to French apple cider vinegar. In the US I like Bragg’s, but I’ve never been able to find something similar here with “the mother,” which contains healthy enzymes, minerals, and probiotics. Les Vergers de Picardie is a producer with all sorts of fresh fruit juices and also a non-pasteurized apple cider vinegar, with “the mother.” Each batch is bottled by hand and so good. The line at Marché des Sablons is always long – and for good reason! If you’re in France, you can order a bottle by emailing here.
The New Let’s Eat France Book
I’m not sure I’ve ever been as excited about a book about French food (or France in general) as I am for Let’s Eat France. It’s described as an encyclopedia with infographics. If you’re a foodie and/or Francophile, just look at the preview photos and tell me they don’t spark joy. Just a little sample of what the book contains:
Here are classic recipes, including how to make a pot-au-feu, eight essential composed salads, pâté en croûte, blanquette de veau, choucroute, and the best ratatouille. Profiles of French food icons like Colette and Curnonsky, Brillat-Savarin and Bocuse, the Troigros dynasty and Victor Hugo. A region-by-region index of each area’s famed cheeses, charcuterie, and recipes. Poster-size guides to the breads of France, the wines of France, the oysters of France—even the frites of France. You’ll meet endive, the belle of the north; discover the croissant timeline; understand the art of tartare; find a chart of wine bottle sizes, from the tiny split to the Nebuchadnezzar (the equivalent of 20 standard bottles); and follow the family tree of French sauces.
I can tell Let’s Eat France will become one of the most beloved books on my shelf as well as a go-to gift.
Dior Book Tote Inspired Rive Gauche Bags
Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of people walking around with Dior Book Tote inspired Rive Gauche bags. The bags have a houndstooth print and come in (from what I’ve seen) green, navy and a burgundy color. I have to say they’re growing on me. I’ve been looking for a bag that’s sturdy enough for my laptop, but would also work for groceries. Since I’m a Rive Gauche girl myself, I think I might need to get one. If you’re interested in the bags, send me an email and I will share pricing information when I have it!
The Cheese Shop Receipt
To end on a sweet and positive note, I love the little note on the bottom of the receipt from the cheese shop at the market. It says merci à bientôt avec le sourire et la bonne humeur, which means “thank you, see you soon with a smile and a good attitude.” I’m all for positivity in any form right now!
I hope you enjoyed this week’s Five Friday Finds from France. I’ll be back tomorrow with Weekend Links!
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