French Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    Dish of the Week: Fish en Papillote

    From classic comfort foods to regional standouts and desserts, we'll be sharing a new recipe with you each week. See the complete list of recipes at the end of this post. This week, we're sharing a recipe for fish en papillote . French for "in parchment," en papillote is a method of cooking food i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2014

    Recipe of the Week: French Classic Coq Au Vin

    From classic comfort foods to regional standouts and dessert, we'll be sharing a new recipe with you each week. This week, we're tackling the French classic Coq Au Vin. Literally meaning "cock (rooster) of the wine," the rustic dish was traditionally made using a rooster or any other old barnyard ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2013

    Chef Chat: German Mosquera (He's Vegan!) of Colombe d'Or's Restaurant Cinq

    This is the first part of a two-part Chef Chat interview. Please visit us tomorrow to read Part 2. Cinq's German Mosquera is a vegan, but he cooks some mean meat and seafood. Sitting in the stately, refined dining room at Restaurant Cinq at La Colombe d'Or hotel, you would be forgiven if you though ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 21, 2013

    Étoile Serves the Simple, Hearty French Food You Fell in Love With

    The traditional cuisine at Étoile is anything but passé.

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 1: David Denis of Le Mistral

    This is the first part of a two-part Chef Chat interview. Please visit us tomorrow to read Part 2. We hear the argument all the time: Houston is so much more than what you find in the inner loop. Venture over to the West side of town, and you'll find gems like the international food emporium Phoen ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 12, 2013

    The French Conundrum: The Culinary Idiosyncrasies of Salé-Sucré

    Salé-Sucré's meals are worth the wait, but some lesser ingredients are a puzzlement.

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2013

    This Week's Cafe Review: You Can't Teach an Old Dog Nouveau Tricks at Salé-Sucré

    Admittedly, it's been a while since I spent any amount of time in France. I've heard that since I was last there, the dining scene has changed to reflect a more American sensibility and appease tourists. No longer do waiters take themselves a little too seriously and meals last upwards of three hour ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Philippe Verpiand of Etoile and His Classic French Cuisine

    This is the third part of a three-part Chef Chat series. If you missed our previous posts, you can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. This week, we sat down for a lively chat with chef Philippe Verpiand of Etoile, a French chef who, from an early age, was immersed into this culture of good food. Gra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2013

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Philippe Verpiand On Working Michelin Starred Restaurants, Moving to Houston, And His Favorite Dishes

    This is the second part of a three-part Chef Chat series. You can read Part 1 here and Part 3 in this same space Friday. Yesterday, we chatted with chef and owner Philippe Verpiand of Etoile about growing up in Provence in a family of butchers, going to culinary school as a teenager, and competing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2013

    The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: French Cuisine and English Tea

    Celebrating Julia Child @ Sur La Table Saturday 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 1996 West Gray "No one is born a great cook, one learns by doing." Great advice from beloved chef Julia Child, who's being honored this weekend in a cooking class by Sur La Table in River Oaks. Tilly Sherwood will instruct student ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    Celebrate Bastille Day Like A Frenchman With These Easy Recipes

    The first time I ate true French food was when my parents took me to France for three months during the summer of 1995. I was seven, which is perhaps not the best age to be introduced to a cuisine that considers snails a delicacy and doesn't really do peanut butter. Fortunately, I quickly develope ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2013

    Salé Sucré: A Francophile's Haven In The Heights

    I wish I spoke better French. Five years of study in high school plus a few trips to francophonic locales meant at one time I was fairly proficient. Now, my accent sounds like Chevy Chase in European Vacation and my vocab is spotty. My declining French doesn't particularly bother me except when I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Paula or Pepin? Separate Savannah from Southern France, and Win Tickets to the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show

    The Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show is coming to Houston this weekend, and Eating...Our Words has three pairs of tickets to see two of this year's celebrity speakers, Paula Deen and Jacques Pépin (two for Dean and one for Pépin). We would like nothing more than to give them away to you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    Our Favorite Julia Child Clips for Her 100th Birthday

    For many of us, Julia Child was the first cook they ever saw on television. Mine was Graham Kerr, but Julia Child was a quick second after I became hooked on cooking shows. And boy, do they not make cooking shows like they used to. Julia Child was far less interested in being a celebrity or a person ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    A Chocolate and Almond Cake for Julia Child

    As Katharine Shilcutt noted this morning, today is Julia Child's 100th birthday, and in honor of this special day, I have made one of her best cakes, Reine De Saba, as seen in Julie & Julia. It's a semi-sweet chocolate cake with pulverized almonds and rum. I love everything about French food: the w ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 15, 2012

    Vive La France: Central Market Kicks off Passport France with a Bang

    You really have to appreciate it when someone throws a party and goes all out, no expense spared. That's what Central Market did for its Passport France kickoff event this past Thursday evening, which was held in a white tented affair that had the high society feel of the Kentucky Derby. Indeed, I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    First Look at L'Olivier Restaurant and Bar

    I am a bit of a Francophile. My brother lived in France for a year and when I visited him in the small town of Vichy I was hooked. The language, the laissez-faire attitude and in particular the food drew me in. I even took eight years of French, but please don't ask me to say anything. So for someo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    Look at That S Car Go

    It's not just a punchline to a joke in that classic holiday movie, Trading Places. Now it's also a Houston food truck. L'es-Car-Go -- pronounced just like l'escargot -- will be the city's first all-French food truck. Jean-Philippe and Genevieve Guy, owners of the 14-year-old Bistro Provence in Memo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 1: Aquilas Chavez of La Fisheria

    The first time you meet Mexican Chef and Latin American TV personality Aquilas Chavez of the new restaurant, La Fisheria, you immediately get a sense of his larger-than-life personality. He's gregarious, funny, confident, outgoing, and wholly unselfconscious. But most importantly, he grew up in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    Chef Chat, Part 3: Amanda McGraw of Brasserie 19 - The Tasting

    This week, we've been chatting with Brasserie 19 and Ibiza's Chef de Cuisine, Amanda McGraw, about the rewards of staging in kitchens outside of Houston, and about the specifics of her role. Today, we sample some of her food. To highlight the in-house charcuterie program, McGraw put together a pict ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    Whatever Happened to Baked Alaska? Five Out-of-Style Dishes

    The meringue makes it extra fancy.​In the course of researching Turkducken's real age last week, I turned to one of my favorite food resources on the Internet: the Food Timeline. If you're a food nerd, prepare to lose dozens of hours to the fascinating depths of the Food Timeline and its entri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2011

    Beef Bourguignon Crepes

    ​For my birthday my college boyfriend took me to adorable French restaurant Beau Monde in Philadelphia, where I had the best crepes I've ever tasted. Ever since then I have been dreaming about that savory, buckwheat crepe filled with the most wonderful beef bourguignon. Then recently, while I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    Shiftwork Bites: Cassoulet

    ​Shiftwork Bites is all about flexibility. Sometimes, that just means altering a cooking method to suit my circumstances. Occasionally, it means taking liberties with the specifics of a recipe. Such was the case over the weekend when I decided to make a batch of cassoulet for my coworkers. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    Recipe: Julia Child's Beef Bourguignon

    ​After Julie Powell's online rendezvous with Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking, everyone started talking about Child's Beef Bourguignon. Before Powell, and then Meryl Streep, breathed life back into this traditional French beef stew, only professional chefs and skilled cooks ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    10 Deceptively Easy Dishes

    ​Boeuf bourguignon. Coq au vin. Molten chocolate cake. Fancy-sounding dishes for fancy-sounding meals, right? Whether you're impressing a date or an entire dinner party, there are certain items you can serve that will have the room applauding your culinary skills -- and have you taking it easy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    The Basics: Cookbooks

    ​We recently read an article in the Wall Street Journal on Alton Brown's top five favorite cookbooks. You remember Brown. He's the quirky chemistry geek on Good Eats and one of the commentators on Iron Chef. If you're one of the few non-Food Network junkies, you might recognize him from Welch' ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 24, 2009

    Pot au Pho

    This funky trailer in South Houston is worth the drive for Vietnamese breakfast.

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    Lunch at Le Mistral

    Photos by J.C. Reid​Houstonians have a peculiar relationship with French restaurants. Many Houstonians (and many Texans and Americans) cast a suspicious glance toward anything French. During the 2004 Presidential election, an anonymous source in the George W. Bush campaign remarked that oppone ... More >>

  • Film

    August 6, 2009

    Top Chef

    In praise of the Julia half of Julie & Julia.

  • Dining

    April 16, 2009

    Flea Market French

    Georges Guy is back in a big way with La Brocante Cafe.

  • Dining

    January 15, 2009
  • Dining

    November 22, 2007

    Bistro Provence

    The second generation of the Guy family has taken over at the popular French bistro on Memorial

  • Dining

    September 20, 2007

    Brasserie Max and Julie

    We love to see classic French food in Houston, but we complain bitterly if it isn't just like what we had in Paris

  • Dining

    February 22, 2007

    Boil and Reduce

    Bistro Moderne

  • Dining

    February 15, 2007

    An Aging French Romantic

    Sometimes filet mignon with foie gras, truffles and a second-rate Bordeaux is just what the doctor ordered

  • Dining

    July 21, 2005

    Brain Food

    You may puzzle over the menu at Robert Gadsby's Noé, but you'll love the clever chow

  • Dining

    February 24, 2005

    It's Le Bombe

    A new restaurant has Republican bigwigs dancing on the grave of the French boycott

  • Dining

    February 17, 2005

    French Food Sans Frenchmen

    Lazy lunching in a River Oaks hideaway

  • Dining

    February 12, 2004

    Cupid Plays the Odds

    Does Restaurant Ronit/Café Beignet pass Valentine's Day muster?

  • Dining

    October 9, 2003

    A Tale of Two Critics

    The coffee is strong and the pastries are excellent, but Le Bec Fin isn't your typical French cafe

  • Dining

    October 31, 2002

    Master Baker

    Auchan Hypermarket

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Pre- or Post-Theater Restaurant

    Papillon Bistro Français

  • Dining

    April 4, 2002

    Paris Matched

    Laurier Café is turning out Parisian bistro food at Paris, Texas, prices

  • Dining

    February 21, 2002

    French for Beginners

    Le Mistral offers culture in a suburban strip shopping mall

  • Dining

    August 9, 2001

    La Bonne Vie Outside the Loop

    Bistro Le Cep offers up some very nice French cuisine in the Houston countryside.

  • Dining

    February 11, 1999
  • Dining

    June 25, 1998

    Ten Years of Provence

    After a decade, Chez Georges still offers the city's best French food

  • Dining

    October 20, 1994
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    February 17, 1994
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