Eat your chocolate!

In France, chocolate is a food group. Along with yogurt and bread, chocolate has an importance that Americans may have difficulty understanding.  In the US, chocolate is generally found in what we could call “candy bars,” such as Snickers or Kitkat. These are decidedly in the category of candy and junk food. Pure bars of … Continue reading Eat your chocolate!

Repas de Dimanche

Update from France: We just finished our second and final birthday party for our son. For our French party, I wanted a relaxed Sunday lunch in typical French style. Everything is closed in France on Sunday, and people generally have a big lunch and then spend the afternoon strolling or playing. We rented an old … Continue reading Repas de Dimanche

Le Supermarché

We are in France right now visiting my husband’s family, and so I’ll be doing a few posts on France in the coming days. This is the first time I have come to France with a child, so it’s a great opportunity to discover the food options for children in France. I also have an … Continue reading Le Supermarché

Crêpe Night

Today I’d like to share with you a French tradition that has become well-established in our household. This is the soirée crêpes, or crêpe night, and it is really a lot of fun with kids, when good friends are over, or anytime. Like most Americans, you probably think of pancakes and crêpes as breakfast or … Continue reading Crêpe Night

Feeding Bambino

In Italy, doctors recommend that babies be given a brodo, or broth, made from vegetables, to which rice cereal, meat, olive oil and parmesan cheese is added. The broth is considered a very important part of baby nutrition. Of course, always consult your pediatrician before feeding an infant. If we assume that Italian is basically like French but with … Continue reading Feeding Bambino


Did you know that the Japanese love fast food? And no I’m not talking about Big Macs with Japanese writing on them, although they certainly exist. Knowing the Japanese, it is of course something far simpler, healthier, and more beautiful. They are called onigiri. I first discovered onigiri when my colleague Jessica brought a couple of them in for her lunch in … Continue reading Onigiri

First Communion Cocoa

For today’s post, we are traveling to the island of Martinique in the southern Caribbean. Martinique is part of France and as such is heavily influenced by French culture. Yet it also has own history, traditions, language (Creole, although French is the primary language these days), and foods, which it shares largely with fellow French Antillean island Guadeloupe.  I … Continue reading First Communion Cocoa

Mad for Madeleines

Today’s entry is inevitable. As a student of French literature, I must write about the great French author Marcel Proust’s definitive “food memory” scene, which may well be the most well-known in all of literature. While Proust’s madeleine may seem a cliché, at least to French readers, there is truly nothing cliché about Marcel Proust’s work. Obsessed with dissecting the experience … Continue reading Mad for Madeleines


One of the hazards of this kind of blogging, one that I have been anticipating all along, is that of finding a food or recipe that I find perfectly delightful, but that in all honesty my son finds less so. I have decided to remain honest as a blogger and admit when this happens, while … Continue reading Khichdi

What the World Eats

In case you haven’t seen or heard about this project, I wanted to call to your attention an amazing work of photojournalism called What the World Eats, by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio, published in 2005. Basically, the idea is that families from every corner of the world were photographed next to the food they eat in … Continue reading What the World Eats