Paris occupies a central position in the rich agricultural region known as the Paris Basin, and it constitutes one of eight départements of the Île-de-France administrative region. It is by far the country’s most important centre of commerce and culture.
Parisian Potatoes from Chef John are French Potato Balls!
There were several recipes and techniques we learned at culinary school that the chefs joked we'd probably only see there, and for me Parisian potatoes were the most memorable. ✂️
Of course they were annoying, and time consuming, and tricky to cook perfectly on a large scale, but they certainly impressed the lucky few who got to enjoy them. People generally love things that are hard to make, or at least look hard to make, and being fried crispy in butter doesn't hurt.
Recipe is at the link above. [8:06]
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For centuries Paris has been one of the world’s most important and attractive cities. It is appreciated for the opportunities it offers for business and commerce, for study, for culture, and for entertainment; its gastronomy, haute couture, painting, literature, and intellectual community especially enjoy an enviable reputation. Its sobriquet “the City of Light” (“la Ville Lumière”), earned during the Enlightenment, remains appropriate, for Paris has retained its importance as a centre for education and intellectual pursuits.
One of the best tours I’ve ever taken was through the Paris Catacombs. There are plaques periodically that tell you which cemeteries are represented there, and other plaques with quotes from famous poems about death. It’s a little creepy, and quite fascinating.
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Strange symbols adorn the architecture at 51 rue de Montmorency in Paris. The house was in fact built by the city’s most famous alchemist, who many believe achieved great wealth through his discovery of the Philosopher’s Stone.
Nicolas Flamel was born sometime in the 14th century and worked for most of his life as a bookseller.However, many believe that he happened upon an arcane text that revealed the secrets of turning ordinary metals into gold. It is true that Flamel was a great philanthropist, but whether or not this wealth came from alchemy is the stuff of debatable legends. Nevertheless, Flamel’s name has become inextricable from alchemy, and he’s seen as one of its great practitioners by many interested in the transformation of elements into greater forms.
Julia Child’s Cassoulet
Cooking is not always about simplicity and ease. Sometimes what you want in the kitchen is a project, a culinary jigsaw puzzle to solve. There is no greater one than cassoulet.
[29:36] Recipe here: www.wgbh.org/...
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Sacre-Coeur, in Montmartre:
Paris did not become the acknowledged capital of French literature until the 17th century, with authors such as Boileau, Corneille, La Fontaine, Molière, Racine, Charles Perrault, several coming from the provinces, as well as the foundation of the Académie française. In the 18th century, the literary life of Paris revolved around the cafés and salons; it was dominated by Voltaire, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Pierre de Marivaux and Pierre Beaumarchais.
Sizzling Pork Chops from Jamie & Julia [7:55]
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I had lunch here once. Bread, cheese, wine...and an ancient Roman amphitheater in the heart of Paris. What’s not to love?
Faux Pain au Chocolat from Glen and Friends
Recipe is in the YouTube description. [9:06]
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The café arrived in Paris in the 17th century, when the beverage was first brought from Turkey, and by the 18th century Parisian cafés were centres of the city's political and cultural life. The Café Procope on the Left Bank dates from this period. In the 20th century, the cafés of the Left Bank, especially Café de la Rotonde and Le Dôme Café in Montparnasse and Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots on Boulevard Saint Germain, all still in business, were important meeting places for painters, writers and philosophers.
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So c’mon into the cafe and grab a cuppa…
...and a nice nosh…
...and join us!
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