Dear Martha, Chers Révolutionnaires,
I have entered French Revolution Food in Martha Stewart’s blog contest, and this post is intended as a warm bienvenue for Martha.
At French Revolution, I create 2-3 recipes a week, all based around a central French theme, be it a broken oven in New York (that was “tartare” week), or a disastrous picnic date in England (“Déjeuner Sur l’Herbe”). The story is followed by the recipes, and some insights into the creation of the dishes. All the food is meant to be authentically French, but reinvented in a modern, chic, fresh, and easy way. For example, macarons are delicious, but they are more easily bought than made; instead, I take inspiration from them to create my Strawberry Rose Macaron Cupcakes. A Kir Royale is a perfect classic, but why not use the old as the foundation for the new, by creating a Kir Royale Glacé with cassis sorbet, Kurant vodka, and Champagne? As I mentioned in my comment on your blog, I believe (very Frenchly) that the occasion is as important as the food itself, for food follows life, and what a perfect pair they make. I try to create the story with as much chic and finesse as the recipes.
But I have forgotten my manners! Let me first introduce myself. My name is Kerry Lynn Saretsky, and I was born in Manhattan twenty-five years ago, the daughter of a mother from Paris and a father from New York City. My culinary career began with a burnt piece of London broil in 1985, and I have been training ever since, taking classes in New York and Paris, teaching myself, learning from the best, like you, and developing my own personal taste (style, as any Parisian or New York woman will tell you, comes from within). I am first and foremost a writer, having graduated from Princeton University with my degree in English, and a master’s in the same field from Oxford, in England, where I started my blog—a blog that I hope you will love as much as I do, and I invite you to visit France, my France, as often as you like. Merci bien, Martha, and encore, welcome!
p.s. Please enjoy some of my favorite posts…or just wander through like a flaneuse on the streets of Paris! And do feel free to weigh in on this month’s poll, to the right…
Cold Child in the City (tartare)
All That Glitters (macarons)
Dejeuner Sur l’Herbe (picnic)
My Borough Man (Brindiza’s chorizo)
Baguette Lady (Paul’s sandwiches)
Révolutionnaires: have a look at Martha’s blog!