Introduction

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The French Market

The French Market

By Joanne Harris and Fran Warde

Published 2005

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Surely one of the joys of visiting any country must be the discovery of that country’s food. It’s the simplest and most effective way to embrace a culture; languages and customs take time to learn, but the gift of food is both immediate and very personal, and the acceptance (or rejection) of that gift may sometimes determine an entire future relationship with the country, its people and its traditions.

My great-grandmother had a particularly simple way of judging character. Supremely unmoved by such things as status, beauty, wealth or influence, she would base her first impression of any guest on one thing – how they behaved at table. If they ate well, they were invited a second time. If not, we never saw them again. Her motto was Who eats well, lives well, and it’s astonishing how often her judgement proved correct.