A Fish pie by Jackie Budin

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It is a mistake to think that British food is not delicious. One of the best sellers of Parisdiary’s recipes is Coronation chicken which has become the trend in Provence all summer long. I was recently talking to Jackie Budin, an old colleague from Vogue Hommes who has the best fashion eye I know, and who won a César Prize … Read More

Radish tops make great soup too!

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I love radishes pink or black, round or long, for their crusty bite and their bitter taste. And also for the bread and butter that you need to eat with them! But I am always sad to throw away the tops (fane in French) especially when they are fresh and pretty. So last night I decided to boil them with a … Read More

Clara’s Pot au Feu

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Clara Lourenço is a wonderful cook. Not one of those trendy chefs who serve you half a spoonful of beef and call it a bourguignon. And she has her own recipe of pot au feu which she was generous enough to share with us. It is a delight. She shops at Marché de l’Alma every Wednesday and Saturday and picks … Read More

Salvation comes from cooking

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The French spend their time discussing food and even while they are having lunch or dinner, they speak about a past or a future meal. Here are a few pretty dishes which are super easy to make. A stylish ratatouille designed by interior architect Leonie Mason, an endive and salmon eggs starter which I like to serve at home and … Read More

Writers love to eat and here are their recipes

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Since you are not sending me your recipes I have to rely on Sylvain di Fiore and Angela Assouline-Yagdaroff‘s new book dedicated to famous people’s idea of good food and they are mostly easy and cheap to make so here are some pictures to wet your appetite. Of course the minimal aspect of most dishes is due to chef Benjamin Brial, … Read More

Poulet en gelée, Daphné style

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My friend Daphné loves her food and is a pragmatic and great cook. When I visited her the other day in Provence, the temperature was of 40° centigrade and she managed to serve us the perfect dinner. Chicken in aspic. I went home the next day and tried to make it for myself. It was a great success so here … Read More

“Cooking on the sixth floor” by Nathalie George

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The sixth floor is generally considered in Paris as the level where maids used to live, without the commodity of an elevator and in tiny rooms called “chambres de bonne”. Today, there are mostly students or newcomers who live there and often, still have to share the loo in the corridor. This is where Nathalie George, who was raised by … Read More

Coronation chicken, a great British summer classic

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I first had it at an after wedding brunch two years and then, an English friend reminded me of it last summer. This cold chicken salad, invented for Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953, has many Commonwealth ingredients such as curry powder and mango chutney. And what makes it lovely is its sweet and sour taste. I have been going around … Read More