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The more you cook, the more you encounter recipes that call for ingredients you just can't find anywhere. You also realize that some culinary operations would be a whole lot easier with the proper tool. Well, if you're in Paris, here is where to go.
It is not easy to find a truffle worth the unreasonable asking price nowadays. I tried my luck at Terre de Truffe and La Maison de la Truffe in Paris. See how it works!
These gnocchis served in the cult Napolitan ragù sauce would be a world-famous dish if they didn't take 7 hours to cook.
This extraordinary dish is served on special occasions in Pakistan and Northern India. See how it's made from fresh spices and then cooked in the oven.
This gorgeous pasta in pumpkin sauce is one of my 10 best pasta recipes. Very seasonal, beautiful colors and a great taste that combines browned onions and parmesan with a touch of nutmeg. A winner!
A Soba Noodles Class in Tokyo Very Popular
My private lesson at the Soba Academy in Tokyo to make these Japanese buckwheat noodles from scratch.
Probably the largest fish market in the world. My visit of the first market of 2006 - at 4AM.
This 400-year-old covered food market in Kyoto is one of the best I've ever visited.
The most sophisticated chestnut pie in the world.
If you are not afraid of deep-frying these gorgeous fritters are for you. They can be prepared in minutes and are great both for tea or breakfast.
Easily the largest place on earth to buy cookware and restaurant equipment, this huge street in the Asakusa district of Toyko got me busy for an entire day.
Rungis, just outside Paris, is a cult place for gourmets. It is so huge you need a car to go from one hall to the next. That is where Parisian chefs buy what they cook. I was able to visit at 4h00 in the morning.
Lenôtre offers high-end non-professional pastry classes in Paris. Are they worth the time and money? Who attends? What do you actually learn? Read my account of a Brioche and Kugelhopf class at Lenôtre's school on the Champs-Elysées.
Parmesan puff pastry can serve many purposes - here I tried simple poppy seeds crackers.
I had this memorable terrine at Saprien, the restaurant in Sauternes, France, home of Château d'Yquem. See how it's done - quite spectacular!