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Saturday, 24 August 2013

Food & History: Brie

Brie is a type of soft cheese with a yellowish interior and a white layer on the outside of the cheese. Like other cheeses, Brie is a dairy product made from milk. In some countries, Brie cheese is served with fruit as a dessert at the end of a meal.
Originally, Brie was a French cheese, but now there are also Brie-style cheeses outside France. The cheese is produced in the region of the same name (which is basically just outside of Paris). It is made of the milk of cows.

In the 19th century, the French diplomat Talleyrand said about this kind of cheese that it was "the king of cheeses". 
Louis XVI was king of France from 1774 to 1792. His failure to grant reforms led to the French Revolution. He and his queen (Marie Antoinette) were guillotined in 1793. During the French Revolution, Louis XVI’s last wish was supposedly for a final taste of Brie and a glass of red wine. When Robespierre and Danton asked him what last meal he wanted to eat, Louis XVI simply answered: “du vin rouge et du Brie”.

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