Western European Cuisine Guides

Curious about the cuisines of Western Europe? Read our guides and essays to deepen your knowledge of Western European food history, cooking techniques, ingredients, and more.
Kaiserschmarrn (Scrambled Pancakes)
Sunday Brunch: Palatschinken Recipe
Pork Schnitzel (Breaded and Fried Pork Cutlet) Recipe
Herb Spätzle with Speck and Peas Recipe
Peach Walnut Strudel Recipe
Homebrewing: Belgian Tripel
Homemade Biscoff, or speculoos cookies, on a small plate.
Homemade Biscoff (Belgian Speculoos Cookies) Recipe
A jar of homemade Biscoff or speculoos cookie butter.
Speculoos (Biscoff Cookie Butter)
How to Brew Your Own Belgian Dark Strong Ale
How to Brew Your Own Belgian Dubbel
St. Benedict Belgian Dark Strong Ale (for Advanced Homebrewers) Recipe
Parting Glass Belgian Dubbel (For Intermediate Brewers) Recipe
12 Must-Try Farmhouse Ales
A glass of Belgian Tripel beer.
Belgian Tripel (For Beginning Homebrewers) Recipe
Essential French Desserts for Every Skill Level
My Favorite Summer Drink: Pernod
A spliced together overhead photo, showing roux cooked to different levels of browness, from pale blonde, to golden, do dark brown.
How to Make a Roux and Use It Right
Introduction to French Macarons
Eggs en Cocotte: An Easy (But Often Forgotten) Egg Breakfast
French charcuterie board
Charcuterie 101: Essential French Cured Meats and More
Cookbook Love Letter: Anne Willan's La Varenne Pratique
Eat This Cheese: Délice de Bourgogne
Tiny Ovens, Hidden Cranberries: How to Survive Thanksgiving in Paris
The Serious Eats Guide to Cru Beaujolais
Snapshots from the South of France: Bouillabaisse and Rouille
Quatre Épices Glazed Carrots Recipe
Fried Gnocchi
How to Make Parisian Gnocchi | The Food Lab
Overhead view of crepe cake
Crêpe Cake (Gâteau de Crêpes)
Overhead view of finished tarte tatin
Tarte Tatin
Overhead view of ile flottante in creme anglaise
Crème Anglaise
Overhead view of creme brulee
Crème Brûlée
Genoise Sponge cake
Genoise Sponge
Overhead view of sliced brioche loaf on a cutting board next to jam
Side angle view of a spoon lifting up chocolate mousse
Chocolate Mousse
Overhead view of ile flottante
Île Flottante (French Floating Meringues With Crème Anglaise)
Overhead view of madeleines in box
Overhead view of a slice of Flan Pâtissier
Flan Pâtissier (French Custard Tart)
Overhead view of financiers
Financiers (French Mini Almond Cakes)
Sole Meuniere on a dark green plate on a marbled countertop
Sole Meunière Recipe
Duchess potatoes served in a dish.
Pommes Duchesse (Duchess Potatoes)
finished lyonnaise potatoes
Lyonnaise Potatoes
Closeup of a serving platter of fondant potatoes with a ramekin of flaky sea salt on the side.
Pommes de Terre Fondantes (Fondant Potatoes)
A golden brown potato pancake sits on a plate. It is round, thick, and is made up of clearly defined potato strands.
Pommes Darphin (French Potato Pancake) Recipe
A cast iron skillet full to the brim with melted and browned soft-rind cheese.
A trio of profiteroles being doused in chocolate sauce
Overhead view of a sliced gateau basque cake with a hand reaching in for a slice
Gâteau Basque
A large savory cheese souffle with someone holding a spoon of souffle above the casserole.
Savory Cheese Soufflé Recipe
French cassoulet served out of a Dutch oven and onto a plate.
Traditional French Cassoulet
Two quarter-folded filled crepes garnished with chopped herbs on a plate
Basic Crepe Batter Recipe
A plate of steak au poivre with french fries.
Classic Steak au Poivre Recipe
Whisking a homemade mornay sauce in a pan
Classic Mornay Sauce (Cheesy White Sauce) Recipe
Hollandaise sauce served with asparagus
Quick Immersion Blender Hollandaise Recipe
A classic French omelette on an elegant white plate.
Classic French Omelette Recipe
Spoon pulling out a bite of cheese-topped French onion soup from red bowl.
French Onion Soup (Soupe à l'Oignon Gratinée) Recipe
How to Make Classic Duck Confit (and Give It a Koji Twist)
Duck à l'Orange
Duck à l'Orange Recipe
Overhead of a richly-golden French onion soup tarte tatin
French Onion Soup Tarte Tatin Recipe