Certainly, Paris is synonymous with so many food-oriented words. I can think of hundreds, like wine, bread, croissant, macaron… My favorite one is cheese. Just the mere whisper of the word in a crowded house party, and I will crawl to the appropriate corner of the room to inhale piles of the stuff.
While in Paris, I made a vow to hit new food spots during every available moment and while I was sure there’d be some cheese at Le Marché des Enfants Rouges in the north Marais, I really had only ventured there to check out why every food enthusiast loved this special enclosed market.
The market was darling but I wasn’t as interested in all the stalls of produce. Frankly, most of the produce markets across Paris are absolutely lovely, brimming with local fruits and veggies, all of varying quality and price. I was far more taken by this luscious plate of cheesy risotto I ate in a corner pop-up restaurant in the market. The stall had the sweetest hand-drawn menu and served a hefty glass of white wine.
I ordered the “Risotto with Taleggio and Parma (Prosciutto)” and savored each pillow of a bite while reading “Spécialités de la Maison,” an 1940s era collection of recipes by the American Friends of Paris that was recently re-published. The recipes are incredibly easy (kinda like how easy the risotto went down) and reflective of what foodie socialites craved during the not-quite-so-simple time of World War II.
Taleggio, although Italian and not French, is one of my favorite cheeses. And since I don’t discriminate on cheese origin – Italian is just as good (sometimes better) then French cheese – I kinda fell in love with my risotto, the tiny chalk board and the little market des Enfants Rouges.
I haven’t had a moment to recreate this risotto dish, but when I do, I plan to serve it just as this dish was served – a heaping pile of creamy, slow-cooked rice adorned with stinky Italian cheese and strips of Italian salty pork. I’ll serve it with plenty of white wine too. Perhaps a French wine to commemorate my moment at the market.
Since I have cheese on the brain, here’s a list of cheese-oriented recipes to comfort you as the cold weather grips your region:
Eat Boutique is an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista–shop girl, writer, author, and creative business coach. After hosting pop-up markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie is working to open her first permanent Eat Boutique–a food-retail concept space with a new way to the very best food–as well as coaching women in food to reach life and business goals. Her second cookbook, A New Way to Food: 100 Recipes to Encourage a Healthy Relationship with Food, Nourish Your Beautiful Body, and Celebrate Real Wellness for Life, will be published by Roost Books on February 5, 2019.