Interview in National Geographic Traveller Food, Winter 2020 issue
This is an interview done for National Geographic Traveller, for the Food issue. They reached out to me saying that they loved my Instagram account, my photos, and the global atmosphere of French life and cuisine I share.
In each issue of the Food magazine, National Geographic Traveller features an Instagrammer, I was the one selected this time, among a huge amount of food accounts on Instagram. Honestly, I was quite proud to be interviewed in such a wonderful magazine. All the more for my photos as National Geographic is a reference for me.
This time, we’re following Florence Richomme, an executive assistant originally from the French Alps, now living in Paris.
What made you start a food blog?
When I went on a parent leave to raise my three daughters, I gave cooking lessons to Japanese clients and was impressed by how eager they were to learn about French cuisine. A few years later, I started my blog to share recipes and stories, and prove French cuisine can be affordable.
Describe French food culture
It all starts with finding the best produce at the farmers’ market, chatting with the producer, then searching for a recipe. Finally, gathering friends or family to enjoy lovely moments together. Gastronomic heritage is still central, even in modern French cuisine.
What are some of your favorite dishes to cook?
Savory tarts and quiches, because they have many adaptations. Also, vegetable dishes; like ratatouille or tian. Comforting winter casseroles, too like tartiflette and daube provençale. As for desserts, I love to bake decadent cakes and cookies.
Where’s your favorite French region for food?
Provence, in the South of France. With its Mediterranean influences, it’s definitely my go-to cuisine. However, I like to discover all the country’s regional delights and am planning to offer a French culinary tour on my blog.
Who’s your main inspiration in the culinary world?
French chef Alain Passard’s creativity with vegetables is incredible. I also like books about French gastronomy. For English readers, I’d recommend Let’s Eat France! [by François-Régis Gaudry].
Where’s on your culinary wishlist?
I lived in Japan a long time ago and I want to go back to do an in-depth culinary tour. I also love Thai and Lebanese cuisines and would like to discover more about them.