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      2 hr

Appears in

The French Kitchen: A Cookbook

The French Kitchen

By Joanne Harris and Fran Warde

Published 2002

  • About

Subtle, smoky-flavoured Soupe à l’Oignon is associated with the réveillon on Christmas Eve, and is a traditional winter favourite. Alexandre Dumas, in his Grand Dictionnaire de la Cuisine, tells the story of how King Stanislas, a noted gourmet, was served such a delicious onion soup while visiting his daughter and son-in-law in Versailles that he refused to leave without a demonstration of the recipe. Dumas describes the king in his dressing-gown, a scarf around his head, tears running down his face as he watched the chef at work. Of course, this may just have been the onions ...