Program 354: The Love of French Cheese; Marrying Into France; West African Homecoming
Release Date: 02-08-2014
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. Also, an American clothing designer tells us how he awakened a part of himself, by returning to West Africa, where his parents were born.
- 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.
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)