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Recipe: Chestnut Mousse and Vanilla Cream Custard

To celebrate a Christmas the French way, France-Amérique prepared for you a delicious forest-themed holiday menu: a crispy capon with chestnuts, gingerbread, and foie gras, and a chestnut mousse with vanilla cream custard. Serves 6 PREPARATION Mousse: 20 minutes (the day before) Cream custard: 20 minutes (the day before) USTENSILS 1 mixer 1 big bowl 1 ice box 1 measuring glass...

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David Lebovitz, an American (Chef) in Paris

Living in Paris since 2004, David Lebovitz, the former pastry chef at Chez Panisse (the Berkeley restaurant known for pioneering the farm-to-table movement in the United States), is now an acclaimed food writer, food blogger, and artisan French baguette enthusiast. His seventh book will be published next Fall. France-Amérique: You have worked in a kitchen for more than thirty years. How did you...

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Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, Gluten-Free

Gluten-free chips, gluten-free dips, and gluten-free soups, pretzels, beer, and bread, not to mention gluten-free cheese sticks, fish sticks, bread sticks and soy sticks. These were just a few of the thousands of products on display at the most lavish annual gluten-free trade-fair that traversed the U.S. last Fall, according to a report in The New Yorker. This edenic profusion...[Subscriber]

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Paris’ First American Diner

French gastronomy is generally regarded as one of the leading heavyweights in world cuisine. Food-enthusiasts travel to France from all over the world to sample and delight in the country’s famous dishes. While at the other end of the spectrum is often placed the ignominious food nations: Great Britain, Germany… and the USA, whose critics typically look down on it...[Subscriber]

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Liberty, Equality, Gastronomy!

Michel Bastid, the newly appointed chef de cuisine at the Embassy of France in Washington, hardly had time to unpack his bags when he got his first taste of things to come: the annual Goût de France dinner held at French embassies around the world in early March to celebrate the country’s continued gastronomic edge in a fast food world....[Subscriber]

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Jacques Torres’ Chocolate Factory

With his singsong accent, the occasional well-placed joke and an endless list of easy recipes to make at home, Jacques Torres has been introducing America to high-quality chocolate for 16 years. Defending excellence and skill in a country often associated with the Big Mac, he champions natural products free of additives and preservatives, and with a minimum cocoa content of...

Daniel Rose: The Parisian Chef Comes Home to America

American chef Daniel Rose arrived in France 18 years ago to study art history and Plato’s Le Banquet, but then completely changed direction. He left university to devote himself to cooking and opened Spring, a successful Parisian restaurant offering “relaxed” French cuisine. Daniel Rose is now getting ready to serve up his own style of French fare in the SoHo...[Subscriber]