If you adore Paris and you love fine food, and if you don't mind feeling hungry as you emerge from a cinema, then I think you need to see this film.
Les Saveurs du Palais, 'Flavours of the Palace' , tells the true story of a French woman, a cook and a farmer in the Perigord, who was unwittingly chosen to be the private cook to the former French president François Mitterand.
She gets lost in the presidential palace, she has to convince the all male kitchen staff that she can do the job and of course she gets to share the pleasure of good food with the president.
It is said that Mitterand asked the cook Hortense Laborie to prepare the sort of meals his grandmother used to prepare - traditional French cuisine doesn't get any better than this! You can find some of the recipes here.
Not only is the film well acted, the décors are sumptuous and the food breathtaking. Here is the trailer, in French I'm afraid!
And if you are looking for recommendations for where to eat in Paris, then pop over to visit the delightful Stacey at Stacey's Snacks. I had the pleasure of meeting Stacey and her husband when they came to visit last week. She is a real connoisseur of food, and has tested some of the best restaurants for you.
While she was here we had loads to talk about, with shared interest in food and gardens, and I loved here fast talking way of doing things, a breath of fresh air here in sleepy Normandy.
She is a beautiful lady, (with a very handsome husband!) and they both completely charmed my whole family. She takes photos of her meals all over the world, and shares them on her popular blog
I particularly loved her review of the confidential restaurant Verjus, and thanks to her I'll be dining there quite soon too! She also took a private tour of the famous Cordon Bleu cooking school, that's her in the photo above with the owners of a Paris restaurant.
You can see what fun I've been having this summer with so many visitors - all that from one little blog, who would have guessed! So if you are one of those who is hesitating about starting a blog, a little worried about publishing, then I can only say "go for it!", you never know where the adventure may lead you!