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              Pound cakes by Coline Arnaud

              Le Cordon Bleu conferences: A taste for knowledge

              Pound cakes

              This conference on pound cakes examines the link between mankind and his gourmet indulgence when travelling. At a time when finger food, food trucks and other pâtisserie concept stores are reinventing mobile gourmet indulgence, it is relevant to reflect on the origins of this phenomenon. From pilgrimage to war, via the exodus, to the necessary journey to reach a holiday destination, the food consumed along the way varies depending on the era and the aim of the voyage.

              To meet the gourmet needs of travellers at the beginning of the century, pastry Chefs invented pound cakes. Cakes, madeleines and financiers provided sustenance on the very first train journeys, during car races and seaside holidays. Easy to transport, they reflected a young mobile generation which enjoyed picnicking and simplicity. Inspired by more than 200 petit four recipes which were created in kitchens during the Restoration, the pound cake saga took us from the high-society luxury of the Belle Epoque to the first biscuit factories which adopted these creations which never seem to go out of fashion.

              Our expert, Coline Arnaud

              A graduate in safeguarding heritage and in international cultural relations, Coline Arnaud worked for 5 years as public relations and mediation manager in the cultural field, before dedicating herself to her passion: gastronomy. She is studying for a PhD at Versailles University on a very original subject: the history of pastry, with the support of the National Library of France which has offered her a 3 year position as associate researcher.
              Her work, carried out in collaboration with the MUCEM and the Museum of Decorative Arts, focuses on the political, social and cultural factors that democratized sugar between 1870 and 1914.
              Training is something which she really enjoys and her studies also give her the opportunity to teach at the University.

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