(photo via Food & Wine)
Today I read an excerpt from the book, The Table Comes First by Adam Gopnik, in Food & Wine.
In it, Gopnik described his take as to why the preference of Italian food dominates over French cuisine. His take: Italy represents in the American - or at least New York - mind, a reflection of the easy Old World. Olive trees and cheap red wine, pasta and garlic, tomatoes cooked down - it all feels accessible, whereas French cooking has some evident degree of difficulty about it. The simple acts of French country food - separating eggs, beating egg whites, reducing sauces, making liaisons of a sauce and a thickener..to name a few, are hard, or harder, anyway.
Which sparked a thought for me: how do we all appreciate food when we cook?
I, for instance, feel greatly accomplished
Do you guys have any French food classics you live by or have tried out? Or perhaps a foreign cuisine you'd like to know more about? I would love some suggestions! Perhaps I can start with Truffle-Infused French Onion Soup. Yum!