A La Biche au Bois

A jolly, sometimes raucous, no-nonsense bistrot not far from the Gare de Lyon train station

Figs Marinated in Sherry with Aged Goat Cheese and Basil

Every year in late summer, I wait for the season's first Black Missions and Kadotas to arrive at the market. When I was a kid, I used to watch the figs ripen on our...

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie: Auberge du Sombral

A perfect gastronomic retort to those naysayers who insist that France's best gastronomic days are behind it.

Stuffed Baby Vegetables

4 cremini mushrooms or 4 medium cepes with stems 4 medium salad tomatoes or 4 large plum tomatoes 2 small zucchini or 8 pattisons (pattypan squashes) 4 Swiss chard stems 2 large globe artichokes or 4 small ones 1...

Saint-Julien-du-Sault: Les Bons Enfants

A gastronomic restaurant and a separate bistrot in a set of restored 18th-century houses


A delightful little bistrot with great meals, smiling service and well-priced wines

Cucuron: La Petite Maison

With chef Eric Sapet at the helm, La Petite Maison has become one of the best restaurants in the south of France.

Marble Chocolate Cream Meringues

The usual meringue of egg whites and sugar is marbled here with melted chocolate and filled with whipped cream for a good treat. A piece of non-stick baking parchment or a flexible silicon sheet is necessary...

Lyon: 126

The vibe is hip but relaxed, and there's some great modern art on the walls.

Pop That Cork!

Of all the wines of France, champagne comes closest to perfection.