In the UK being a vegetarian, vegan or wanting gluten free foods is now catered for in most restaurants. France has passed a law that says that restaurants must provide a list of allergens. We were encouraged to see that Dominos Pizzas now offer a gluten free option in the UK, nevertheless their French branches do not do so at the time of writing. It is very difficult to find information on restaurant websites too. I once went to eat in an up-market restaurant and asked if they had any ‘plats sans gluten’. The waiter was nonplussed and blurted out, ‘the mashed potato has no gluten’ and left! Was I supposed to order mashed potato for starter, mashed potato for the main course and mashed potato for dessert? At one of my classes, students wanted to look at the language of recipes and cooking. I took along a recipe for Carrot, Leek and Potato Pie, which is one of my husband’s favourites. One lady read it and asked, “Where is the meat?” I said that it was vegetarian and delicious. She told us that her husband would have asked the same question if she served something like that at home. A meal is not a meal without meat in France!