Women of style – Madame Recamier

She was a neoclassical goddess of Paris fashion, socialite and an influential salon hostess. A trendsetter. Her name was Juliette Recamier.   Jeanne Francoise Jullie Adelaide Recamier was born in 1777 in Lyon. She was the only child of Jean Bernard, the King's counselor and notary and

Mont d’Or

It was a favorite “fromage” of King Louis XV and is the only French cheese to be eaten with a spoon. In France, Mont d’Or cheese is considered the best of the raw milk cheeses and once you try this soft, rich, sensational cheese you

Camembert

According to a popular story that appeared at the beginning of the 20th century, Camembert was first made in 1791 by Marie Harel, a farmer from Normandy.   Normandy was already known for producing cheesees similar to Camembert, but according to the popular legend Harel created Camembert

Saint Felicien cheese

A story goes that the cow's milk recipe for the Saint Felicien cheese was invented at the beginning of the 20th century by a Lyon dairyman who came up with the idea of mixing the cream with his unsold gallons of cow's milk.   According to the

Comte

Comte is a cow's milk cheese made in the mountains of eastern France. It has the highest production of all French cheeses with the appellation d'origine controlee (AOC) status and annually some 64,000 tonnes of cheese is produced. This is quite an accomplishment given the

Brie

Brie is probably one of the best known French cheeses, nicknamed “The King of Cheeses.”  It is a soft cheese made out of cow’s milk and named after Brie, the French region from which it originated.   Brie has a rind of white mould which is typically

Cheese

“Any country with 300 cheeses cannot die,” Winston Churchill said during the German occupation of France.   It is safe to say that France will never die as nowadays it has more than 1000 cheeses, thanks to a large number of new products, inventions and copies. With

Cremant

If you like Champagne but can't afford it all the time, when in France try their Cremant. It's a group of sparkling wines that will satisfy your desire for bubbly delight but won't plunder your wallet.   What is Cremant? Cremants are sparkling wines originally produced Champagne

Women of style – Madame de Montespan

With her wit, charm, astonishing beauty and ambition Francoise-Athenais de Rochechouart, better known as Madame de Montespan for years ruled the court of King Louis XIV of France as his maitresse-en-titre (chief mistress). She was expensive and glorious and beautiful, like the Palace of Versailles

Cahiers du Cinema

Cahiers du Cinema (Notebooks on Cinema) is a French film magazine founded in 1951 by Andre Bazin, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze and Joseph-Marie Lo Duca. During the 1950s and 1960s, it was the hub of new, young filmmakers such as  Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol and Francois Truffaut