The French are partial to soup. In fact, a great many of our cold season meals revolve around it and it's not hard to see why. Apart from being healthy and easy to make, soup is anything but boring as soon as you begin to try its countless tasty variations. Get started with Simply Gourmand's suggestions!
For those days when cooking time is scarce, we recommend ready-made Pérard fish soup, crab soup, and lobster soup, as well as Karine & Jeff organic Moroccan soup. We also like to spice things up with Biperduna ground piment d'Espelette (a famous pepper grown exclusively in the French Basque Country) and Délices du Lubéron rouille (a spicy mayonnaise particularly appreciated with fish soups).
Ready to cook? Try our recipe for soupe au pistou (a Provençal favorite) or some other delicious soup in our répertoire of French classic recipes. And remember one more awesome thing about soup: it tastes even better re-heated so be sure to make a big batch!
There are so many French cultural events to enjoy all around the United States this month and next.Take a look at our highlights and enjoy your picks!
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra presents Prokoviev's Ivan the Terrible, with narration by internationally renowned actor Gérard Depardieu. February 23-25.
In Cincinnati the Taft Museum of Art presents Bijoux Parisiens: French Jewelry from the Petit Palais, Paris. Through May 14.
The Dallas Museum of Art presents Daumier's Political and Social Satire. Through April 23.
In Greenwich, CT the Bruce Museum presents Alfred Sisley: Impressionist Master, the first U.S. retrospective of the French painter in over 20 years. Through May 21.
World renowned pianist Hélène Grimaud performs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. February 24-26.
In Los Angeles the Getty Museum presents Bouchardon: Royal Artist of the Enlightenment. Through April 2.
In Los Angeles the Hammer Museum presents Dubuffet Drawings, 1935-1962. Through April 30.
The 20th annual University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Festival of Films in French presents a special selection of 20 films. Through February 26.
The Minneapolis Institute of Art presents Children in Paris: The Birthday Boy and Friends, a focused exhibition showcasing late 19th century works on paper with children as their subject, by Cassatt, Renoir, Lepère, and others. Through October 8.
The Minneapolis Institute of Art presents Félix Bracquemond: Etcher of Birds. Through May 7.
The Montclair Art Museum presents Matisse and American Art, the first exhibition to examine the French master’s profound impact upon the development of American modern art from 1907 to the present. Through June 18.
In New York the 22nd edition of Rendez-Vous With French Cinema celebrates the variety and vitality of contemporary French filmmaking with a selection of 23 notable films. March 1-12.
New York's Metropolitan Museum presents Seurat's Circus Sideshow, a fascinating exhibition centered around the Pointillist masterpiece. Through May 29.
New York's MoMA presents Francis Picabia: Our Heads Are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change Directions, the first U.S. exhibition to chart the French artist's entire career. Through March 19.
New York's French Institute (FIAF) celebrates a pioneering filmmaker with its series Agnès Varda: Life As Art. March 7-21. On February 28, in lieu of a film screening, Agnès Varda will be at FIAF for a special talk about her recent turn toward visual artist in advance of her first-ever exhibition in NYC, on display March 2 through April 15.
The famous Festival Inter-Celtique de Lorient comes to New York for a premiere Fest Noz in the Big Apple experience. March 14.
The annual Providence French Film Festival is back with some 15 notable films screened this year. February 25 through March 4.
In San Francisco the Legion of Honor museum presents Monet: The Early Years, the first major US exhibition devoted to the initial phase of the Impressionist master. February 25 through May 29.
Sommerville, MA is treated to Paris Combo and its signature blend of swinging gypsy jazz, cabaret, French pop, Latin and Middle Eastern rhythms on February 25.
This Provençal classic is as wholesome as it gets!
Ingredients (serves 4)
2 tbsp butter
2 medium leeks
3 stalk celery
2 medium carrots
1 small head lettuce
salt and pepper
ground Espelette pepper
1 liter(1 quart) water
for the pistou
15 basil leaves
3 large cloves garlic
100 grams (1 cup) freshly grated Parmesan cheese
125 ml (½ cup) olive oil