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September 2017 Newsletter


I've got some good news for you. (Finally...right?) Summer ain't over 'til I say it is.

I've still got a few bottles of rosé to get through, for one thing, and another is there are still some lingering nectarines and plums at my market, including gorgeous green, extra-sweet Reine Claude plums, that I eat like popcorn, and mirabelles, which make the best jam in the universe.

Summer Fruit Tart Galette recipe-17

Most French people go on vacances in July or August (or both!), and we took a road trip, hitting Brittany and Angoulème, which gave me a chance to visit a favorite antique store that specializes in kitchenware that we came across by chance many years ago. We also visited lots of open air markets, included a great market in Dinan, in Brittany, that takes place every Thursday in the middle of town.

Summer Fruit Tart Galette recipe

Yes, there was room in the car (even with more than a few boxes of antiques and vintage housewares!) for produce, so we hauled lugs of just-picked tomatoes, zucchini, green beans, fresh basil, and even Tuscan kale, right from the farms, back to Paris. I also bought two packages of the amazing beurre salé (salted butter) that the region is famous for. Butter like this is always made in very small batches and sell out quickly, so you don't see it anywhere else. So before leaving the market, I headed back and bought 2 more packages. We're going to be in Breton butter heaven for a while around here!

(Breaking: When I got home, I wrote to my friends who were still there to bring me two more packages, which I'm picking up tomorrow morning.)

While the rentrée is taking place, when everyone returns to Paris (kinda like back-to-school...), I'm still working on my Fall book tour with my publisher. Some events are already sold out - sorry! - but more are being added. More info on those is below.

Speaking of my upcoming, L'appart got a nice shout-out on Eater in their round-up in their Best Food Memoirs of 2017, and a wonderful first review from Kirkus journal. Departures also listed it in their 6 New Memoirs to Read This Fall.

Still, my head isn't so swollen that I can't get in the kitchen door, so I've got a few recipes I'm working on, which I'll be sharing on my blog. That is, if I can pull myself away from all this butter from Brittany...

- David

Brittany French butter

Fall Book Tour News & Paris Pop-Up Restaurant


Now Available for Pre-Order!

My publisher has been extra-busy putting together dates and events for a book tour in November and December. While one person (me!) can't go everywhere, I'm trying to get to as many places as they'll send me, and I'm looking forward to meeting as many of you as I can along the way.

I've been adding the dates to my Schedule page as they're announced, in cities like New York, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. Some of the events are ticketed, as they'll include snacks, a meal, and/or drinks, while others are open to the public.

(Places that I can't hit this fall, hopefully, I can do another swing-through in the spring and visit more places.)

Ticketed events have limited space so if you're interested in attending one of those events, I advise you to reserve as soon as you can, as they are sure to sell out.

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Links I'm Liking

French Vending Machine Distributes….[Oysters] Hope there's one nearby for white wine! (https://www.eater.com/2017/8/4/16095558/oyster-vending-machine) (Eater)

Zut!...Is Europe Running Out of Butter? (Washington Post)

Well, that was fast: France's Macron Sees Popularity Plunge to 40% (France24)

In related news - National strike called in France for September 12 to protest proposed labor reforms. Oh, and Air France pilot strike September 9-12, which of course is when I have a flight reservation... (C'est la grève)

Those who work at home will appreciate these Freelance Achievement Stickers (New Yorker)

The end of an era: After 10 years, Spring restaurant in Paris closes (Spring)

Rocco DiSpirito is The Chef Who Wouldn't Cook (Thrillist)

10 Ways to Fight Hate (SPL Center)

Yes, there is a Right Way to Brag on Instagram (NYT)

Travelers, beware of "Fake economy" class on airplanes (Smarter Travel)

How female chefs are changing the restaurant culture (Vogue)

Talk about a gift that (can) keep on giving! 100-Year-old fruitcake, found in….Antarctica #longevity (Mashable)

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Recent Posts & Recipes on My Blog

Summer fruit galette with frangipane, a recipe you can also bookmark for the fall, using prune plums or pears.

Oysters and fresh produce in an open air market? Oui!

I discovered Bachir ice cream in Paris.

A visit to an amazing brocante (antique store) in the French countryside.

This Provençal recipe Chicken in Pastis - brings the flavors of Provence into your kitchen...wherever you are!

Check out Café de la Nouvelle Mairie, a bistro serving fresh, well-sourced foods and natural wines.

- dl

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