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By Artemisia
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Catherine de' Medici brought sugar and added it to everything, and made a clear distinction between salty and sweet dishes.

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By ChefDean
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Artemisia wrote: Sun Jul 12, 2020 3:44 pm Catherine de' Medici brought sugar and added it to everything, and made a clear distinction between salty and sweet dishes.

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Partially correct.
By Artemisia
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Catherine de' Medici and she brought Haute cuisine.

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By ChefDean
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Artemisia wrote: Sun Jul 12, 2020 6:04 pm Catherine de' Medici and she brought Haute cuisine.

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Partially correct. Haute Cuisine is attributed to Escoffier.
You're closer in your first guess by what was brought with this person.
By schmeg
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Catherine de Medici is widely credited with introducing forks to the French table (and many other refinements). She also may have popularized roux as a sauce thickener.
By schmeg
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I have now also read this about her chef La Varenne's cookbook "Le Cuisinier françois": "the purpose of cooking and of using seasoning and spices was to bring out the natural flavours of foods—to enhance rather than disguise their flavour."
By ChefDean
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schmeg wrote: Sun Jul 12, 2020 7:54 pm Catherine de Medici is widely credited with introducing forks to the French table (and many other refinements). She also may have popularized roux as a sauce thickener.
Yes she did, but forks weren't what elevated French cooking above Italian.
By ChefDean
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schmeg wrote: Sun Jul 12, 2020 8:00 pm I have now also read this about her chef La Varenne's cookbook "Le Cuisinier françois": "the purpose of cooking and of using seasoning and spices was to bring out the natural flavours of foods—to enhance rather than disguise their flavour."
Also true, but seasonings and spices were already utilized when she arrived in France, bringing with her......

(I think it's established that the answer to the first part is Catherine de Medici)
By schmeg
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c o o k s from Florence?

(the bulletin board keeps changing c-o-o-k-s to "a carnivorous plant store" wtf)
By Artemisia
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#358745
Catherine encouraged the enhancement of natural flavors by turning to local herbs instead of turning to spices from the silk road.

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By hungry carnivores
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I think she did bring florentine a carnivorous plant store and their foods iirc?
By ChefDean
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schmeg wrote: Sun Jul 12, 2020 8:50 pm c o o k s from Florence?

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Yes! She brought her own Chefs, Bakers, and Distillers to France from Italy because she didn't want to "step down" with her food. Her Chefs then fused Italian and French cuisine creating a whole new era of cooking that is credited to the French.
Escoffier then later refined that fusion to bring about Haute Cuisine.
Well done!
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By schmeg
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I would do the same thing if I were a Medici.

Thanks, Dean! That was a fun giveaway.
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By ChefDean
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Artemisia and schmeg are my new, permanent Sous Chefs. I've already sent a PM to Artemisia, PM to schmeg incoming.
Congrats!


Other members, don't be discouraged. I have more sundews to give away soon.
Chef
By ChefDean
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And, if there was any doubt of my cooking ability. While finalizing the giveaway, I am also cooking Southern Braised Turnip Greens, Slow cooked Spareribs, Louisiana Black Beans and Rice, with Pan Seared Adobo Zucchini.
Who's hungry?
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