French Food Online
What could be nicer than having the authentic flavours of France delivered direct to your door at the click of a mouse?
The Mademoiselle Macaron site is simplicity itself. You just drag and drop each colour and flavour of macaron you want into a virtual box of either six, 12 or 18 pieces, make your way to the checkout and wait for the doorbell to ring. The founder, Rachel Hanretty, trained at the Alain Ducasse cookery school in Paris before opening her patisserie and café in Edinburgh, where the macarons are made fresh every day.
Box of 6 for £7.50; 12 for £12; 18 for £16.50 (postage £4.99)
You can order all sorts of French breads and cakes from Richard Bertinet’s online kitchen. Originally from Brittany, Richard now writes books on baking, and runs his cookery school and bakery from Bath. Specialising in sourdough breads, brownies, croissants and pain au chocolat, he will also supply yeast blocks, sourdough starter and pizza dough for you to do your own baking.
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The Bertinet Kitchen
Sample price: £5.60 for a 1.2kg sourdough loaf (£4.85 for standard delivery)
Fresh from France
A whole online grocery shop of small French producers gathered in one place under the banner of France of Gastronomy. Founder Mickaël Paul offers wines, terrines, jams, cheeses, saucissons and lots of other goodies from smallholders all around France. You can search the site in a variety of different ways and lose yourself in the beautiful food photography.
France of Gastronomy
Sample price: €9.50 for 400g saucisson of pork; €3.70 for 160g Charola cheese (delivery charges vary)
Heaps of hampers
If you want to receive a selection of your favourite French delicacies as a one-off, or be sent a monthly surprise treat of gourmet items to try, Bonjour French Food can oblige. If you take out a subscription, co-owner Veronique Poulou will select and send a surprise hamper of food each month. Alternatively, you can choose between a charcuterie hamper or a vegetarian one.
Bonjour French Food
From £29 for a charcuterie hamper containing six products (postage included)
The philosophy behind the Truly French website is to make lots of those French specialities you have enjoyed while you were there available to you when you get home. Owner Kristell Darchy was born in Paris and lived in Brittany before coming to the UK so she knows the sort of products that will inspire fond memories. She also specialises in unusual teas and homeware to go with her food items.
Sample price: £4.50 for Bisque de Hornard soup; £6.80 for a packet of Organic Black Breakfast Tea with Seaweed (delivery charges based on weight of order)
Fond memories of a family delicatessen shop in Provence led to the setting up of online shop Provence Delights, which offers a small, hand-picked selection of relishes and fruit nectars.
From £3.90 for a bottle of nectar to £8 for a jar of relish (postage £5.50)