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I came to France 13 years ago to study French. I ended up meeting and (later) marrying a Frenchman. Today I'm still in France... two kids, a dog and a large old French house later, I spend more time thinking about what we're going to have to eat at our next meal than anything else. So what does that make me? A gourmet chef? A glutton? Ah, no, a Foodie!

Well, my goal with this blog is to share my life in France, my culinary escapades and renovating old houses with you. It's also about learning to simply our lives and learn to live in the moment, two precious things I've learnt since moving to France.

In my free time I also import foods from France, items I couldn't find in my home state of WV. While you can find our products in gourmet food stores around the country, you can also buy them at our website: www.espritdefrancegourmet.com.

I contributed twice weekly to the Charleston, WV Gazette Food Section from 2000-2003. I have also appeared in Veggie Life Magazine (Spring 1999). I started AnneCuisine Blog in March 2005. You can see my earlier entries at: www.annecuisine.blogspot.com

If you have not figured it out by now, I'm an American who grew up in WV, a wonderful and beautiful state but not the culinary center of the world (unless you are looking for Ramps recipes, seriouly, I'm not kidding). I learned to cook absolutely everything after having moved to France (well, expect for chocolate chip cookies!). I learnt from the best, real French people, namely my husband (for a very short period of time) and since then from French women, namely my mother-in-law, my husband's paternal grandmother and various female (and male chef) friends and a cookbook by a famous French female cook: Françoise Bernard.

My culinary writing all evolve from the realization that fantastic gourmet French recipes need not be learned from 4 star Michelin chefs. Actually, most French people know how to put on a savory and memorable meal and have had no more culinary education that 'learned that from my mother/grandmother'. Intro: AnneCuisine.

I hope you enjoy this blog and that you come back and read it often.

You can email me at: www.anne.cuisine@gmail.com

Write me, I'd loved to hear from you!

And in the truly unique French attitude I wish you all Bon Appétit!
--Anne Dessens

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