Chitterlings

Preparation info

    • Difficulty

      Easy

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The Plagiarist in the Kitchen

The Plagiarist in the Kitchen

By Jonathan Meades

Published 2017

  • About

In most of France pigs’ intestines are used to make andouillettes. In Bordeaux and its immediate surrounds they are called tricandilles, a near homophone of chitterling, and are fried or grilled. Culinary localism (and incuriosity) in provincial France is so entrenched that only 50km from the city they are unknown.

When I described them to a village butcher in the Charente he somewhat bemusedly agreed to try to get me some. He succeeded. What he obtained were intestines that had not