We ask them to share with us their favourite French food and drink

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Adam Ruck

Adam has been ex­plor­ing France for half a cen­tury, as a tourist, res­i­dent (Paris and Poitiers) and con­trib­u­tor to travel pages and guide books. France on Two Wheels is his ‘nar­ra­tive guide’ to six routes for long-dis­tance leisure cy­clists. On page 36, Adam takes a golf­ing tour along the French At­lantic coast. “I thought I knew French food quite well, but a re­cent gas­tro­nomic visit to Li­mo­ges gave me a se­ries of first-time ex­pe­ri­ences, not all of which I am in a hurry to re­peat, un­like the ham from Tripes & Cie in the cov­ered mar­ket – ça vaut le voyage. Favourite in­take? Oys­ters and a glass of Entre-deux-Mers at La Ca­bane de l’aigu­il­lon in Ar­ca­chon.”

Kathryn To­masetti

Kathryn formed a teenage crush on the South of France dur­ing an In­terail trip in the early 1990s. It was not un­til 2005 that she made the per­ma­nent move to an apart­ment in Nice, which boasts creak­ing book­shelves and a di­min­ish­ing collection of Côtes de Provence wine. On page 44, Kathryn takes the train for a tast­ing tour of Cham­pagne. “My favourite French food is un­doubt­edly Nice’s own socca, a kind of crispy chick­pea pan­cake that is a pop­u­lar lo­cal street food. There is no tastier snack. It is best en­joyed steam­ing hot and sprin­kled with black pep­per while strolling along the Prom­e­nade des Anglais.”

So­phie Gard­ner-roberts

Born in France to Bri­tish par­ents, So­phie is staff writer on French Prop­erty News, a sis­ter ti­tle of FRANCE Mag­a­zine. A child­hood spent run­ning around the Bur­gundy coun­try­side has ce­mented a pas­sion for the great out­doors and tasty French food. On page 30, she dis­cov­ers the un­der­rated beauty of the Jura Moun­tains. On page 74, she takes you along to the Fes­tivini wine fes­ti­val in the Loire Val­ley. “My favourite French dish has to be a steam­ing hot tarte Tatin. I think it was the first dish my mum taught me to make on my own, but I have never man­aged to make it taste as good as she does. It is a sim­ple dessert that tastes amaz­ing and makes ev­ery­one around the ta­ble smile as it con­jures up child­hood mem­o­ries for most peo­ple.”

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