Daily French: La Cuisine

8 Mar

The day I moved to Paris, I wept. I was 11 years old and full of preteen angst. My new bedroom, with its elegant moldings and deep marble fireplace, held for me none of the comfort of my old bedroom in New York City, which I’d painted a hideous lilac and covered with horse posters. I found no solace, either, in the fact that my new room had once belonged to the writer George Sand. My parents were mystified by my distress but had the good sense to suggest a walk down our new street, the Rue du Cherche-Midi, to the legendary Boulangerie Poilâne. Near the cash register, I noticed a basket of butter cookies; the cashier said rather encouragingly, “Je vous en prie, Mademoiselle” (“Go ahead, Miss”). So I took one. It was a simple cookie—just a bite of pure French butter with a hint of sugar and a slightly sandy crunch—but no less a revelation for that. Delicate but sturdy, with almost burnt edges: a cookie with no pretensions, but made by a master. In a nice ironic twist, the cookies were called punitions—punishments. My homesickness ended with my very first bite.”

-Aleksandra Crapanzano, Saveur

Photo: Jacques Faujour

Reading that has made me so excited to go to Paris, to eat good food, to really love my food, to spend days finding hidden coffee shops and small bistros. With the love of my life, of course.  

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3 Responses to “Daily French: La Cuisine”

  1. The Awake List March 8, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    You will love the food here in Paris, there is certainly no shortage of fabulous restaurants and cafés! If you are a fan of sweets, I have recently discovered the croissant ou pain chocolat ammande – it’s a croissant made with chocolate & almond and is absolutely to die for!
    I’m glad I stumbled upon your blog, you remind me of my own excitement before moving to Paris 🙂

    • sixtywinters March 9, 2012 at 6:37 am #

      I really can’t wait! Sad we will only be in France for 10 days or so, but I still plan to live there someday. Now to find a job 🙂

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