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10 French kitchen must-haves

10 French kitchen must-haves

The French kitchen (especially its Provençal version,) is popular in the United States. I have often visited beautiful homes where imported le Jacquard Français tablecloths and dish towels or Laguiole knife sets, to name just a few, are proudly displayed, cherished souvenirs of trips to la Belle France. As I was working in my American apartment-size kitchen the other day, I…

17 Responses to 10 French kitchen must-haves

  1. I have rented a number of airbnb apts in either Lyon or Paris and have yet to find one with a kitchen like the one you describe! Ikea dishes and a few pots seem to be the standard equipment, unfortunately. However, if I were an owner, I might not want to let careless renters destoy my beloved set of Le Creuset.

    Re your comment about wooden cheese boxes and the scarcity of poplar trees, it’s not just an issue of pretty packaging. The wood actually contributes to the taste of many cheeses – interesting article about the relation of spruce wood to the taste of le vacherin Mont d’Or at

    • Merci for sharing the article about the Vacherin Mont d’Or. Très intéressant. I certainly hope France continues to use poplars to store some of the best cheese. I have an adverse physical reaction to seeing cheese constantly wrapped in plastic in my corner of American suburbia. You can never smell it. Dommage.

  2. Ah, ah…we have several camembert cheese boites tacked to our wall as decoration–including a giant one about 18″ across that Miss Chef brought home from work years ago.

    My year in Paris, that caddy made me jealous of grey-haired grannies, as I wouldn’t spend the money on one. They were surprisingly expensive, as I recall.

    • Camembert boxes as wall decor? Pourquoi pas? (as long as you can get rid of the smell, of course!) I owned a caddie in Paris for a while. It was a fun one, and I remember getting one at the local “Dollar store,” so it was not too pricey. It came in handy on my Saturday morning trips to the local outdoor market in the 11th arrondissement. A bientôt!

  3. J’ai tout dans ma cuisine, sauf l’opinel. 😉
    You are absolutely right; nearly all of the items mentioned can be found in my kitchen. Love my caddie when I go to the market ; so convenient! And it’s not only the old ladies who use it; lots of younger people do too.
    I inherited my flame Creuset from my Mum and it’ll most likely be handed down to my daughter after me.
    Duralex glasses, especially the narrow bottom one, scream school or company cantine! They are everywhere!

    One word of caution concerning le savon de Marseille. There has been a scandal last year when it came to light that most savon de Marseille sold on Marché de Provence are actually produced in China and not in Provence.
    Astérix was probably away fighting for another brand. 🙂

  4. Comment faire de la bonne cuisine française ?il suffit de suivre le guide de votre blog pour les outils ….mais comment s’y prendre ? C’est tout l’art de nos grands-mères passé de main en main !

  5. Love my Le Creuset dutch oven! Also have a small skillet from them that is probably 35 (?) years old now, still cooking like a champ.

    We inherited my in-laws’ raclette maker (also with a few decades under its, er…belt), and it’s become our New Year’s Eve family tradition.

    Duralex glasses, check! Wine opener, check! Four for ten…pas mal?

  6. The “only upper body workout” statement was hilarious! Thank you so much for an entertaining read. I don’t have a Le Creuset yet but I am seriously thinking about getting one as I am seeing a lot of recipes that calls for its use. Thank you again!

  7. I brought my caddie in Paris last year for about 12 euros and I love it! Took it back on the train to st Malo and it has been an absolute god send getting my shopping home up the steep hill in Guernsey! I do get some strange looks though……

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