Program 354: The Love of French Cheese; Marrying Into France; West African Homecoming
Release Date: 02-08-2014
On Air Description
One of the things you'll discover about the French is how much they love a good cheese. On the next Travel with Rick Steves, we learn about a few of the many traditional cheeses that go with the seasons in France.
Two authors tell us about the culture shock that comes with marrying a Frenchman and living in Paris.
And an American clothing designer tells us how he awakened a part of himself, by returning to West Africa, where his parents were born.
Find out how a trip abroad can change your life, on this week's Travel with Rick Steves.
- Kathe Lison, author of "The Whole Fromage: Adventures in the Delectable World of French Cheese" (Random House)
- Sarah Turnbull, author of "Almost French" and "All Good Things" (Gotham Books)
- Nina Sovich, author of the blog "These Stolen Days" about her life in Paris
- Emeka Alams, proprietor of Gold Coast Trading Company
- The publisher's website for Kathe Lison's book, "The Whole Fromage: Adventures in the Delectable World of French Cheese."
- Kathe Lison has a cheese interview video on the From Left to Wright Book Club website.
- Specific cheeses that Kathe mentions today include the wintertime Vacherin Mont D'Or soft cheese, and the Alpine summertime cheese called Beaufort.
- This map illustrates where you can find many of the specialty cheeses and wines produced in France.
- Sarah Turnbull wrote "Almost French" (Gotham) in 2003 about her experiences as a "fish out of water" settling into a marriage in France.
- The Sydney Morning Herald writes about Sarah Turnbull's home life, from Paris to French Polynesia and back again to Australia.
- Nina Sovich blogs about her married life in Paris on a website called "These Stolen Days." She's also written about some of her solo adventures in "To the Moon And Timbuktu: A Trek Through the Heart of Africa" (New Harvest).
- Emeka Alams has launched a clothing company called Gold Coast Trading Company, with a line inspired by his West African travels.
- "In every country we have visited in Europe there is always some special food we eat a lot of. In France it is cheese. Whenever we come home we really stock up: My wife likes Roquefort and I like Banon, but the simple cheeses like camembert and Saint Andre are good as well." (e-mail from Patrick in Indiantown, Florida)
- "As an African-American and descendant of West African slaves, I am interested in visiting West Africa with my husband, who is a native French speaker. Suggest a country that would be a good jumping-off point for exploring the culture, history, and natural wonders of this region." (Dionne in Cranston, Rhode Island)
- Gotan Project, "Diferente," Lunático / XL Recordings
- Jean Sablon, "Sur le pont d'Avignon," (arranged by Wal-Berg), Paris By Night (collection) / EMI
- Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Emmylou Harris, "Porte en Arrière," The McGarrigle Hour / Hannibal
- * Ingrid Filter, "Waltz No. 7 in C-sharp minor, Op. 64 No. 2 (Chopin)," Essential Chopin, disc 1 (collection) / EMI Classics
- Orchestre de l'Association des Concerts Colonne (Georges Tzipine, cond.), "'L'allée des Ha! Ha!' from the Jean Françaix film 'Si Versaille m'était conté'," Le Film Français: Honegger, Françaix, Sauguet, Thiriet / EMI Classics
- Rose Rouge, "C'est Presque Ça," Paris Lounge 2 (collection) / Wagram
- Colin Tilney, "Rondeau-La Puce," Fanfarinette: Music for the French Harpsichord / CBC Records
- Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ernet Bour, cond., "Boléro, ballet for orchestra (Ravel)," The Kiss: Music for Love and Passion (collection) / Interchord
- Michel Legrand-Claudine Meunier, "La Terrase du Cafe," from the soundtrack to "Les Parapluis de Cherbourg" ("The Umbrellas of Cherbourg") / Sony Music Entertainment (France)
- * Raft, "Femmes du Congo," Madagascar / Universal (France)
- Intuit, "Wewa," Impala Lounge Paris II: Selected by Fra and Denis Dantas (collection) / Wagram
- Femi Kuti, "Live For Today," Africa Fête 3 (collection) / Mango Records
- Mandinka Musicians, "Kumbusora" (traditional, Gambia), Africa: Never Stand Still, vol. 1 (collection) / Ellipsis Arts
- Ras, "Do You Dance (Dixless Main CD mix)," Impala Lounge Paris II: Selected by Fra and Denis Dantas (collection) / Wagram
- At 15:34, Kathe Lison notes that it is illegal to bring a raw milk cheese into the United States that has been aged for less than 60 days.
- At 41:53, Emeka Alams mentions the "civil unrest" in the Ivory Coast as a reason he had to leave the country. At 46:06 he adds the road conditions in the Ivory Coast are often very marginal, and cautions against stopping at "unofficial" road checkpoints at 46:26.
- At 50:40, Emeka states there is a movement of African-Americans, and native-born Africans, moving back to Africa.
- Emeka describes how many West Africans view Nigerians as "flashy" at 52:27. He then mentions how he observed Nigerian e-mail scammers at work in internet cafes.
More with Emeka Alams - Emeka Alams designs contemporary clothing, based on his travels in West Africa. He shares more of his experiences, such as being shot at during a civil conflict in the Ivory Coast, and a favorite private beach he enjoyed, an hour from the capital. (runs 3:23)