What is Tapenade?
Although capers are native to the Mediterranean, it is likely they were brought
to Provence from Crete by the Phocaeans, Greeks from Asia Minor, who settled
near Marseilles in the sixth century B...
Corsica and Its Food
Corsica was largely isolated in the Middle Ages, although trade fairs
sometimes brought regions into contact with one another...
The Cuisine of Languedoc
Languedoc was a dominion of the Counts of Toulouse — independent
principalities in southwestern France — until the thirteenth century when it
became a possession of the French Crown...
Origin of Bouillabaisse
The most famous fish stew of the Mediterranean is bouillabaisse, and its home is considered to be Marseilles, although it is made in every little port throughout the coastal regions of Provence...
Wine as Food in 15th century Languedoc
Languedoc, the region to the west of Provence, shared many alimentary
parallels with Provence, especially the prevalence of bread and wine in the
Cassoulet is a bean stew cooked in an earthenware
casserole, hence the name...
What is Brandade?
Brandade is a mashed salt cod blended with olive oil
and a little garlic until it is a smooth cream...
Foundations of Provençal Cuisine
According to the great
writers on Provençal cuisine, there are three foundations to the cooking of Provence: olive oil, garlic, and the aromatic herbs, such as herbs
de Provence or aromatic condiments such as pissalat, a purée of
anchovies blended with olive oil...
Effects of the Growth of Arborculture in 16th century France
Throughout the coastal Mediterranean, from Murcia in Spain to Provence,
fish were fried in olive oil in the sixteenth century...
The Why of Corsican Cuisine
Corsica is an integral part of France, a large island south of Provence and north of the Italian island of Sardinia...
Fishing in Provence in the 16th Century
Among Christians, the Lenten
period is a time of penitential preparation for Easter beginning on Ash
Wednesday, about six weeks before, and is part of a forty-day fast in imitation
of Jesus Christ’s fasting in the wilderness...