It struck me whilst browsing the Saturday morning market in Honfleur last weekend that the “foodie” is a British (and perhaps American) phenomenon.
In France, everyone, or no one, is a foodie!
Food shopping, preparing and eating food is much more part of everyday live; it is not the same as a “pilgrimage” to the monthly local farmers’ market or a visit to Whole Foods Market.
There were real people, of all social backgrounds, buying real, seasonal food, to be prepared and eaten later that day.
I noticed at the cheese + egg stall that shoppers brought along their own empty egg cartons and I remembered my mother doing this.
Talking about “foodie”: the hosts at the enchanting B & B where we stayed had learned a thing or two about making the most of British (and American) “foodie-ness”: they were offering home made jams at 7 Euro a jar – and selling them!
In case you were wondering: no I did not buy.