French 5 | 10.01.21 (ft. Katherine of

Welcome to the 26th edition of French 5, where I share a glimpse of France through language, places, food and drink, arts and culture, as well as a random fun fact.

In this week’s edition, avid cook and francophile Katherine shares what motivated her to cook her way through 100 French cookbooks and one of her favourite places to escape to in France. 

A big thank you to Katherine for sharing her beautiful photos. If you have any feedback or ideas of what you’d like to see or who should be featured, please leave your comment below.

Featuring || Katherine of

I'm Katherine, an avid cook and working mother of two, based in Seattle.  With no time for cooking school while raising my little ones, I cooked my way through 100 French cookbooks, all the while dragging my sweet husband to France just about every year. is where I share my passion for French cooking, gardening and the delicious French culture.

01 Language || Bon appétit

Literal definition "good appetite" and is used as a salutation to a person about to eat. It is a beautiful and lovely way to say "enjoy your meal.”

02 Place || Beaune

It's a charming little walled town at the centre of the Burgundy wine region, surrounded by gently rolling vineyards, in the picturesque countryside.  Cobblestone streets, gorgeous roof lines, stunning architecture, darling shops, delicious restaurants, fantastic museums, Beaune has it all and without the crowds.  And don't forget the wines!

03 Food & Drink || Canelés de Bordeaux

Delicious little cakes flavored with rum and vanilla, featuring a soft custard center with a sweet crunchy crust.  They are simple to make, always in season and the best way to bring a taste of France into your kitchen. - Absolutely delicious! But be warned, you can't eat just one!

04 Arts & Culture || Romantics Anonymous

Romantics Anonymous is a fun, lighthearted film, a must see for any chocolate lover!

05 Fun Fact || Baguettes could earn UNESCO designation

France has chosen the French baguette as its entry for a place on UNESCO heritage 2022 List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. French bread is an art form, an important part of the French culture, heritage, truly a way of life.

Follow Friday || Shannon of @french_countryside_companion

A pastry chef and owner of Chatelaine Chocolates in Montana, Shannon and her French husband host cooking retreats near their home in Burgundy.  Her photography is stunning, writing is beautiful and recipes are delicious.


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