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A Marketplace of Ideas

Even at 22° F our favorite outdoor market in avenue du Président Wilson is a lively place on Wednesday and Saturday. The participants do more than buy and sell; there is always an ongoing, spirited exchange of recipes, with purchasers asking vendors how they would prepare a certain cut of meat or an interesting new vegetable. Fellow consumers often chime in with their own thoughts.

The below picture shows the stand of vegetable superstar Joël Thiébault — on his cellphone behind the red, carrott-filled basket. (If you are laughing at the term “vegetable superstar,” then you just don’t take food as seriously as the French.)


The renown of Thiébault’s market garden on the edge of Paris is such that top restaurants note on menus that their produce comes from the master himself. In fact, while the unwashed wait patiently in front of the display tables to buy, the chefs of grands restaurants — including our current favorite, Hiramatsu — busy themselves behind the stand, picking out just exactly what they need for the day’s dishes.


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