Mastering the Art of (Liking) French Cooking

In cooking, you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude. – Julia Child “It’s the big gray bird, Madame.” The waiter flaps his elbows to describe the word on the menu I have never before seen in my life. “On the farm.” On the farm? Is it turkey? No. An especially large...

Lunching With Renoir’s Boating Party

I never think I have finished a nude until I think I could pinch it. – Pierre Auguste Renoir “This way, please, Mesdames, Monsieur.” I scoot along behind the maitre d’, who’s moving fast. Vite, vite, step quickly, before the crush of lunchtime crowd separates us...

Travel & Memoir: Bronze, for Best Travel Story

For the Best Travel Story in the Travel & Memoir event, Lunching with Renoir’s Boating Party won Bronze, a medal that “honors writers whose work inspires other to explore.” Set at the very Seine-side café where over eight subsequent Sundays Renoir painted his...

Travel & Food: Gold, for Best Travel Story

In the Best Travel Story in the Travel & Food event, where food and friends and foreign culture are celebrated, Mastering the Art of (Liking) French Cooking won Gold. In this story, famous foodies and Francophiles Julia Child and M.F.K. Fisher set the scene. Both...

Grand Prize, Best Travel Story of the Year: Bronze

In the overall Grand Prize – Best Travel Story of the Year event, a competition that honors “extraordinary stories about travel and the human spirit,” Marriage, Dubois Style won Bronze for what judges called its “witty account of the way of French relations.”...

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