Francois Doucet confectionary

Surrounded by the beauty of the Provincial countryside, a family of fruit growers and artisan confectionary makers in the south of France combine their talents to produce a spectacular range of confectionary treats.

For the chocolate range, local fruits and nuts are enrobed in gianduja (a rich combination of chocolate and hazelnut paste) and praline, then finished in gorgeously coloured chocolate candy.

Beautifully packaged, …

Escargot; a French icon

Few ingredients are as iconically ‘French’ as escargot. Simply the French translation of ‘snails’, escargot has been considered a culinary luxury in Western Europe since the days of the Roman Empire.

Traditionally, French snails are served with herbed garlic butter and eaten from decorative shells, though there are many other delicious iterations. Perhaps the most famous contemporary dish featuring snails …

The History of Crème Brûlée

To those immune to subtlety, it’s simply an egg custard with a hard, toffee crust, but to anybody who’s experienced this classic dessert at its best, the crème brûlée is a symphony of sweet, creamy perfection.

Recorded in its French form for the first time in 1691, crème brûlée has always been a simple combination of cream, egg yolk, sugar and …

Delouis French mustards

Mustard is one of the most popular condiments in the world. It is a common accompaniment for meats (particularly sausages)- both hot and cold- and cheeses, but is also often incorporated into dressings, sauces, glazes and marinades.

Mustards were a part of the Roman diet from the 4th century, but it was the emergence of a uniquely smooth mustard variety …

De Buyer Cookware

De Buyer, a name synonymous around the world with exceptionally well-made cookware, has been operating in Vosges, France, since 1830.

With an emphasis on flawless design and uncompromising quality, De Buyer cookware is beloved among professionals and home cooks alike.

The company, rewarded with a Living Heritage Company (EPV) listing by the French Government, combines a traditional approach to quality …

The history of the whisk

Perfection of design never draws attention to itself. In the kitchen, as everywhere else, the simplest tools are often the most effective. Just think about how many uses your wooden spoon has.

The whisk, at its simplest, is merely a series of wire loops connected to a handle, and yet this tool serves many function and can be found in …

Banyuls Traditional Wine Vinegar

It’s no secret to anybody interested in cooking that the quality of the ingredients you use plays a big part in the quality of the finished product.

It’s also true that the more you know about these ingredients, the more you’ll think of interesting and varied ways of using them.

Vinegar has a permanent place in most cuisines and in most kitchens, and as with the equally ubiquitous olive oil, to get …