Pastries of Northern France, Episode 35

pastries of northern france: raspberry pie

On today's show we go back to the pâtisserie and we’re having seconds as we talk about French pastries of the north of France wich include Tarte Tatin, the Brioche Vendéenne, the Eclairs, the Napoleons, the Madeleines, the Pain d'épices, just to name a few.

French Pastries of Southern France, Episode 34

french pastries at a pastry shop

French Wine Regions and Loire Valley Wines, Episode 28

Vineyard and village in the background: french wine regions

Elyse takes us on a general tour of major French wine regions, talks about various AOC wines and explains how the wine business is organized in general terms. Then she goes into more detail about the wines of the Loire Valley, which are really lovely.

A Primer on French Cheese, Episode 19

Cheese display at a cheese specialty store in France

On today's show we explore the history and culture of cheese in France. We discuss types of cheese and how they're distributed by region. French people are crazy about cheese and Anglos are often overly cautious about cheese. We're here to tell you to live a little! Try some scary cheese next time you're in France, after all, it doesn't even seem to make them fat!

French Food, Episode 17

Le Comptoire de Matilde store: french food

Why are French people skinny? We wonder if it's because of their food culture and habits at home. In episode 17 of Join Us in France we discuss French food culture, what French people eat at home, French meal times, and the difficulties vegetarians and vegans may experience in France. Is it OK to be a little narrow-minded about food? Go to to find out, you will also find photos and a full transcript there.