Paris seen by chef Sadaharu Aoki

It is the turn of the master pastry and cake maker Sadaharu Aoki to tell us about his love story with the French capital and his profession – part gourmet delight and part work of art.

The kitchen is a fascinating place for young children. Even older they might be intrigued by how baked goods and meals come together. French moms appreciate cooking with the kids when possible, during holidays or Wednesday afternoon. Preparing a traditional quiche Lorraine with your children, will seem like fun to them…

My friend Nick, from New-York asked me about French Oysters… I could talk for hours about this, but lets do shortly. First of all, my point of view is: if many countries produce lots of wonderful oysters, no country in the world can offer a more complete oyster experience than France! Getting a French oyster in France means that it is served up along with a boat load of savoir vivre, backed by lots of cultivation savoir faire and national pride, all in a setting of immense cultural wealth. Regardless of how the service might be… no doubt ever exists in the mind of the French person serving you that you should feel privileged to be served the finest oysters in the world…

Daniel Boulud is one of the Michelin-stared French chefs. He proudly represents France abroad. He mainly exercises his art in New York where he has several restaurants, including the gastronomic “Daniel”: a magnificent homage to great French cuisine. In the décor of the historic Mayfair hotel, his table draws all Manhattan high society…

Watercress soup, so Parisian

Watercress is good for you and French watercress soup is absolutely delicious. Watercress is considered a highly nutritious food that can effectively reinforce the vitamin and mineral content of your diet. A 75-gram serving (around 3oz) contributes 50% of the daily recommended intake of vitamins C and B9, 100% of  provitamin A , 15 % of calcium, 13 to 23 % of iron, and 5% of magnesium.

Going gluten free is the new eating trend that’s a hot topic in Parisian conversations. It started as a diet for people with gluten sensitivity; now it’s a roaring success in all circles. People who have eliminated wheat, rye, barley and oats from their dinner plate claim they've never looked back, with better digestion, more energy, and disappearing pounds…

A a few days before the publication of the 2015 Michelin Guide and its eagerly awaited list of starred restaurants, the magazine Le Chef published its list of the world’s top 100 chefs. The rankings were established by 512 international chefs, with 2 or 3 stars in the Michelin Guide. Each of these chefs selected 5 of their peers who, in their eyes, best embody the values of gastronomy, whose cuisine is a must and where it is essential to have eaten.

Among the most brilliant chefs of his generation, Jean-François Piège received his love of good food and his culinary passion from his family. After working in the kitchens of the Elysée, he joined the restaurants of Hôtel Vernet, then the Louis XV, Plazza Athénée with Alain Ducasse and Hôtel Crillon. Today, Paris is ranting about him, he’s constantly on television and he’s at Thoumieux, the famous Parisian brasserie he bought two years ago.

The two french sisters Tatin lived in a small rural town in the Loire Valley of France. The elder sister, Stéphanie was a particularly fine cook, her specialty was an apple tart served perfectly crusty, caramelized and which melted in the mouth. One day during she placed her tart in the oven the wrong way round… The pastry and apples were upside-down but, nevertheless, she served this strange dessert without giving it time to cool. The French call this dessert tarte des demoiselles Tatin…

Did you know that in France we eat more than 55lb of cheese a year‽ With well over 1,000 varieties, there is little doubt that France is the world leader in Cheese! Whether you prefer your cheese fresh, pasteurized, sharp or mild, we have a cheese for every taste. We just love cheese! In fact, 96% of us eat cheese regularly. Everyone agrees that visiting France without tasting French cheeses would be a sacrilege, I agree…

Long candy, square candy, round candy… the Parisians love all sorts of bonbons. For some of us candy is a treat, for others, an indulgence. The French have had a sweet tooth for over 2,000 years! French confectionary comes in all shapes and sizes, depending on our tastes and mood. Les bonbons, c’est si bon! Even if we know very well that sugar is not so “bon” for health! That’s what candy means to us! And you?

Tomato Vegetarian yellow Gazpacho

Don't expect to find strictly French food in Paris! Like any big city, Paris is home to a vibrant mix of international cuisines and Parisian girls love to discover original or creative recipes as this funny and healthy Yellow Gazpacho recipes with sunny yellow tomatoes! The difference in color between red and yellow tomatoes is not just superficial…

The Champagne region in northeastern France is renowned for its sparkling wines, produced according to many strict rules. Champaign is generally made from a blend of various wines (different vineyards, harvest years, grape varieties). Finding the right blend is an art, for this is what determines the taste of the champagne, and each champagne producer makes different choices…

My mom' christmas trout mousse...

In France, at Christmas we eat a lot of goose or duck “Foie gras”, a popular and well-known delicacy in our French cuisine. Foie gras is usually prepared into mousse, parfait or pâté. For those that do not eat goose or duck Foie gras, I propose an alternative, a diet and tasty mousse of trout, almost the same aspect for a delicate appetizer… My favorite Mom’ Christmas recipes…

French Soupe à l'oignon is a delicious soup for wintertime usually served as a starter. Even if it is so Parisian, Parisian’s find it heavy and today eat it very few. But all of us do order a time a year a Soup à l’oignon, when comes out a strong envy of tradition and diet exception! This is my grand’ma French Onion Soup recipe, once you try it you'll never try another. It culminates in a rich-tasting soup with melt-in-your-mouth onions.

Centuries in the making, the reputation of Burgundy and its wines reaches every corner of the world. Here’s a Burgundy quiz for you: once you’ve answered these ten questions, you’ll be in a class of your own when it comes to knowledge of Burgundy wines and people will clamour to join in your fascinating company! But above all if will heighten the pleasure you receive from tasting and sharing a fine bottle of Burgundy. The better you know these wines and all that surrounds them, the more you’ll be able to enjoy and talk about them…

Une baguette s'il vous plait...

A baguette please! Just say these few magic words and in an instant you will have fragrant bread under your arm and the guarantee of flavor and aroma that are renewed daily. Although the first mention of bread in the Bible dates from 1800 BC, it was not until the 1930s that the baguette was invented and immediately became part of French daily life. At first it was considered ephemeral when compared to the coarse, rustic bread whose abundant loaf allowed to stay fresh for several days without the need to return to the baker, the baguette, a gourmet bread, quickly became a real bakery star, the symbol of France abroad and a cornerstone of French heritage like the Arc de Triomphe or the Eiffel Tower…

A beautiflul and trendy deep-orange color for this rich and hearty soup of red lentils! Do you know that lentils contain dietary fiber, folate, vitamin B and minerals? Health magazine has selected lentils as one of the five healthiest foods. Lentils are a good source of iron, having over half of a person's daily iron allowance in a one cup serving. See our Halloween soup recipe...

Paris: The Macaroon craze

This small cake with incredible flavors and colors, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, has been the rage in Paris, almost as long as the Eiffel Tower! There isn’t a pastry chef or caterer who doesn’t have his own special recipe… Macaroons are created like vintage wines. The success has been phenomenal and is already part of the French gastronomy heritage…

Mini savarins with autumn pears

What pears? Beurré Hardy, Comice, Conférence, Louis Bonne, Douillard or Alexandrine
The French love pears. They’re tasty, refined and a natural form of medicine that also fights skin ageing. Moreover, they contain 84% water, ideal for diets. In addition, the high calcium content in the pear makes it one of the most recommended fruits for children and adolescents. So, just be careful not to overdo it because of the sugars!

In Paris we love Italian cooking.  But we love to adapt it in a less traditional way making it minimalist, trendy or personal home made with a touch of “my grand’ma best recipes”. In other way we are very good in creating fusion cooking with the dishes of our Italian neighbours which we’re quite happy to make part of our Parisian heritage. From Tiramisu to spaghetti bolognese to special risotto, not a dishe that we try to adopt & adapt…

Although Parisians love zucchini gratins, mashes and ratatouilles, the trend is for carpaccio in all of its forms. This is also true for zucchini, an ideal dish for friends before going shopping on avenue Montaigne. To go with a bottle… of water, of course! Recommendation: avoid adding the sugar for a healthy attitude.

From early childhood on, our parents tried to instill the importance of vegetables as they’re full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and help us stay slim and in shape… In short, not always very amusing. However, the Parisian is able to render things trendy and chic, even vegetables! Here’s one of my favorite recipes that my friends in Paris are fighting over right now:

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