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Sunday, December 5, 2010

The French and Their Foie Gras

Leave it to the French to come up with a fast-food special that includes foie gras. While reading the Provence Post (, a terrific blog written by American Julie Mautner who lives in southern France, I learned that Quick, a French and Belgian chain, will be offering what it calls the “Supreme Foie Gras,” a beef burger topped with duck foie gras, relish, and lettuce, for 5 euros (a little more than $6). It will be a pre-Christmas special from December 17 to 19 at more than 300 of its outlets throughout France.

Although foie gras  (literally “fat liver”), produced from the super-sized livers of force-fed ducks and geese, is shrouded in controversy (many protest the practice of force-feeding), this luxury item remains a traditional favorite for the French, especially during the holidays. The chain explained that they wanted to give their customers a chance to start the holiday season early!

1 comment:

  1. I have to say, I'm torn between adoring the taste and texture of foie gras and the revulsion of force feeding far the geese have won. There are alternatives (not as good, but good enough.) Ah yes, leave it to the French.
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