The land of Cockayne?

The land of Cockayne (“le pays de Cocagne”) is a utopic country of endless plenty and rest, a kind of paradise for the medieval peasant. If you ask a French person where it is, almost half would situate it in the South-West. It might be because of the similarity between the words “Cocagne” and “Gascogne”.Continue reading “The land of Cockayne?”

Let them eat bread

Wine is France’s most iconic food export, but bread and cheese are the other two staples of French diet. One day I will write about the cheeses of France, and the wines of course. But today I want to celebrate bread. It is the main source of carbohydrates in a typical French diet. Un gagne-pain,Continue reading “Let them eat bread”