Why French People Leave Potatoes on This 19th-Century Agronomist's Grave
Antoine-Augustin Parmentier was the potato's ultimate hype man, who legend credits as the originator of the French fry.
The Bone-Sucking, Dopamine-Spiking History of Secret Menus
We've come a long way from cauldrons full of duck heads to 'animal-style' In-N-Out burgers.
How Witches and Menstruation Myths Influenced Modern Recipes
There are some scientific reasons to stir a stew a particular way, and then there are reasons rooted in sexism and superstition.
All I Want to Do Is Buy Groceries: The Plight of an American in Paris
Dining out in Paris, you learn that the customer is NOT always right.
If You Think You're a Decadent Fuck, Try Feasting Like a 19th-Century Parisian
A feast might include 25 hors d’oeuvres, 15 roasts, and 28 different types of fish, all washed down with 8 bottles of wine. Per person.
Last Call: This Iconic Paris Bartender's Drinks Will Make You Fall in Love
William Oliveri thought he'd only work at 228 Bar for a few months, but since 1978, he's stuck around to serve Dali, Sophia Loren, and royalty.
The Curious History of French Onion Soup, Paris's Timeless Hangover Cure
The story of the classic dish starts with King Louis XV's First World problems. A putrid cemetery with 'flesh-eating' soil also makes an appearance.
Two Years After Deadly Attacks, the Café at Paris's Bataclan Reopens
“There are clients who cry, there are clients who confide in us, who tell us their stories, like a kind of therapy.”
The French Butter Crisis Is Weirder than It Looks
“I think that as far as quality artisanal butter is concerned, there are very, very few of us on the market who can deliver large quantities.”
Paris's Essential Two-Ingredient Sandwich Is Having a Renaissance
The Parisien, or "jambon-beurre," is just ham and butter on baguette—but its perfect simplicity was under threat for decades.
People Dunk This Cheese in Their Morning Coffee
Only in France.
How Hunger and Taste Have Secretly Defined the Course of Civilization
In his book Food Fights and Culture Wars, Tom Nealon posits questions like: "Did the advent of the dinner party spark the French Revolution?" and "Did lemonade cure the plague?"