How the French Changed the Way I Think About Lentils

And the one thing that’s missing from my recipe

French lentils in a bowl on a cloth napkin, next to a wooden spoon heaped with lentils.
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A French city scene
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And like many humble ingredients in France, there’s a lentil labeled AOC—and we’re not talking about the young Congresswoman from the Bronx.

French Lentil Salad



Caitlin is a writer for Food52, Travel + Leisure, Vogue Business & more. She lives in Paris and was raised in the Catskills.

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