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controversial cuisine

Not a Fan of Hawaiian Pizza, Processed Cheese, and California Rolls? Blame Canada

Fusion foods and innovations associated with the U.S. quietly have roots farther north.
October 15, 2020
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falconry

These French Falconers Are a Family Act

Their diverse, globetrotting work is equal parts science and spectacle.
June 11, 2020
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war fare

The Triumphant Return of France’s ‘Forgotten Vegetables’

Chefs are helping hardy roots overcome a World War II stigma.
April 27, 2020
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cheese

How Long-Ago Lava Flows Created a Unique French Cheese

Cellars chipped out of volcanic ash are the best place to age the famed Saint-Nectaire.
November 19, 2019
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travel

What It's Like to Build and Operate a Tiny Traveling Bookshop

A French theater director crowdsourced his dream.
October 22, 2019
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pastry

This Fraternity of Frenchmen Is Reviving the Beloved Pâté-Croûte

A foodie brotherhood launched a world competition dedicated to their favorite meaty pastry.
October 4, 2019
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grave week

In 1590, Starving Parisians Ground Human Bones Into Bread

During a siege, desperation drove people to disinter skeletons from cemeteries.
October 29, 2018
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show & tell

Why Menu Translations Go Terribly Wrong

Toward a grand unified theory of hilarious and odd foreign-language menus.
January 24, 2018
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mushrooms

The Secret History of Paris's Catacomb Mushrooms

In the 1800s, farmers cultivated mushrooms in abandoned quarries underneath the French capital.
October 31, 2017