What Makes Leftovers Better the Next Day?

We all know that leftovers are often better than the original dish. But what kind of kitchen alchemy makes this happen? Chemical reactions continue to take place even after food is done cooking, as flavors mellow and textures change. Gastro Obscura tackles the age-old question in this important post. Here are our favorite recipes that taste…

Enter to Win Our Cassoulet Day Giveaway

January 9th is Cassoulet Day  … and it’s our annual tradition to celebrate by giving away Cassoulet Recipe Kits! We are partnering with our friends at Languedoc Wines to give one lucky winner the chance to enjoy a cassoulet this month because nothing pairs with cassoulet like good wine from the region where cassoulet was born! Click here for details…

The Best Bean You’re Not Eating

Not your average legume, Tarbais beans are an edible tour de force. Today, on National Bean Day, we’d like to take a moment and honor these haricots. These ultra-creamy French beans are the quintessential ingredient in cassoulet – but they’re good for much more. From their unique growing conditions to their distinctive texture and luminous white color,…

8 of Our Favorite French Comfort Food Recipes

Today is National Comfort Food Day so we’re sharing eight French recipes for comforting classics. You would imagine that with all its duck fat, cheese, cream, butter, and bread that French cuisine would be a treasure trove of such recipes. Thick sauces, satisfying stews and long braises, not to mention potatoes, all have a place…

It Only Happens Once a Year: Shop Our Cyber Monday Sale

Shop 30 items at dartagnan.com and save 20% – 30% today only! Get what you need for Christmas dinner and New Year’s Eve, and buy tasty gifts when you shop our Cyber Monday sale! Find four new gift boxes being introduced today with special pricing and limited quantities. After all, nobody regifts meat. As a bonus, save…

The Most Influential Cookbook Author You’ve Never Heard Of

Julia Child considered her “one of the few food writers whose recipes I trust.”  Craig Claiborne called her “one of the finest and most influential food writers in this country…one of the leading lights in contemporary gastronomy.” She has published 8 cookbooks, all painstakingly researched, meticulously written, and known for being absolutely authentic. From France…

Share the Cassoulet Love

Our friends at Tasting Table recently posted a fantastic article on cassoulet. In it, they explore the history of this French classic, teach you how to make duck confit at home, and interview our own Ariane, and chefs Ludo Lefebvre, Dominique Ansel, and Laetitia Rouabah, a formidable competitor at the recent Cassoulet War. Topics include…

Is Chili an Aphrodisiac?

Happy National Chili Day! Held on the fourth Thursday of February each year, National Chili Day gives us the opportunity to ask important questions about this dish. Think you love chili? Have a look at the motto of the Chili Appreciation Society. Just the aroma of chili is an invitation to rapture. In the 19th century…

Announcing the Cassoulet War Judges

Do you have your tickets yet? The Third Annual Cassoulet War will be held in New York City on February 20th, 2017. Click through to learn more, and find tickets at Eventbrite. We need your help to vote for the People’s Choice Award – which means sampling 20+ different cassoulets! Proceeds benefit Action Against Hunger,…

Cassoulet War: Participating Chefs

Our third annual Cassoulet War at the Kimpton Hotel Eventi in NYC will feature a record number of cassoulets to try! On the 20th of February, 20+ chefs will assemble, armed with only pots of cassoulet, and do battle against each other. The awards go to the Most Authentic, Most Daring and the Most Popular Cassoulets. Our panel…

Cassoulet War for Home Cooks!

Our Cassoulet War is coming home! For those who cannot make it to the New York event on February 20th, there is another way to get in on the action. Now you can participate in your own kitchen, and feel the love on social media. How does it work? Cook and share your best cassoulet…

You’re Invited: 2017 Cassoulet War!

Our Cassoulet War has become something of a tradition in New York City. Local chefs create cassoulets of all kinds – from the traditional to the outlandish – and offer tastings to our guests and celebrity judges. In Southwest France each village has its own interpretation of this timeless comfort food dish, and they are…