A Little More Confused

I find it odd that you can’t get laundry detergent, shampoo, shaving cream, or deodorant that’s not perfumed around here.


But French Fries?

They’re available sans odeur.

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Categories: Whining


  • February 14, 2008 3:52am

    Oh that is totally believable; the French have a veritable obsession with cooking odours. My neighbor – an otherwise cosmopolitan, sane, lovely woman – takes her deep fat fryer out onto the terrace when she makes fries to avoid the dreaded smell of food cooking! And after all, there is a reason that open plan kitchens are called “American kitchens” here – only we Americans would be mad enough to put up with the smells of a working kitchen! ; )

  • February 14, 2008 5:15am

    odorless French fries……….sounds so appetizing, here’s some food you can’t smell..mmmm….now if they only made them tasteless as well…and I’m not a big fan of texture so perhaps that could nix that as well……..and last but not least a blind fold so you don’t need to see them while you eat them and then it;s like you’re eating nothing at all…brilliant!

  • February 14, 2008 5:30am

    Meg: I always thought “American kitchen” here meant forehead-high countertops!

  • flavia
    February 14, 2008 7:30am

    That is really odd coming from the french (and I am one of them …). We eat cheeses like the Vacherin or the reblochon that we can smell from a block away!!! On a more delicious note, David, I went to Regis Dion to buy my fleur de sel to bring to Brazil, and he made me buy a Fleur de sel with rose petals.. I tried that yesterday with green beans and have to tell you, it was amazing!!

  • flavia
    February 14, 2008 7:35am

    David, Just saw you (courtesy of Chez Pim…) on the Gourmet page!! Looking good!! Congrats!!!


  • February 14, 2008 8:11am

    That is very interesting! I wonder if they are targeting people who cook in dorm rooms or something? Or, maybe it is a clumsy attempt to underline the fact that since the fries are made in the oven you don’t get the oppressive, lingering smell associated with deep frying?

  • bekkah
    February 14, 2008 8:44am

    WTF yet again

  • February 14, 2008 9:05am

    SO funny!

  • February 14, 2008 9:22am

    Sans odeur … What does fries with odor smell?

  • February 14, 2008 9:38am

    Only in France! I love it.


  • Jocelyn
    February 14, 2008 9:59am

    I saw the bag and thought you were going to comment on the back up business that one of our presidential candidates has going (just in case)!

  • Patrick
    February 14, 2008 10:31am

    Puzzling… I love coming inside and smelling wonderful food cooking. It’s like foreplay.

  • February 14, 2008 11:26am

    I use my deep-fryer outside too! It’s very freeing actually. It’s like cooking over a campfire – but not. ;)

  • Christy
    February 14, 2008 11:58am

    I’ve gotta say, I use our deep fryer outside, too. (And I’m American.) We use it mainly for deep frying pakoras, samosas and koftas when we’re making a big Indian meal and the smell of deep fried along with curries and such is too much! (Maybe I was French in another life?)

  • February 14, 2008 12:03pm

    Christy & Louisa:: Well, if I had a deep-fryer, I’d make my fries outdoors too.

    But these are ‘au four‘…for the oven. (And if I could, I’d probably be able to drag my oven outside….if it had a handle!)

    : 0

  • Hellga
    February 14, 2008 1:37pm

    BWA! I cooked for an upscale ‘dude ranch’ in NorCal for many years. My solution to a meal that I felt that was less than perfect was to saute a ton of garlic and run it through the dining hall to permeate the smell of cooking, then place the pot hidden in the buffet. It never failed – “Oh it smells so GOOD in here, I bet dinner will be fabulous!” was the universal response. Ahh the tricks we use as young chefs! So here’s one vote FOR the smell of food!

  • February 14, 2008 3:51pm

    What??? No mention of your Diary of a Foodie appearance???! You look fabu! So glad to have caught it.

  • February 14, 2008 4:24pm

    Hilarious! Happy valentine’s day, David!

  • TARA
    February 14, 2008 4:40pm


  • February 14, 2008 5:30pm

    Well, how to say that…Another WTF moment…???
    No. It should rather be…Another WTF moment!!!

  • February 14, 2008 6:05pm

    Wow. Thats wicked funny.

  • February 14, 2008 7:39pm

    Ha…that is hysterical. I happen to love the “odour” of fries though so I think it’s a bit of a rip-off, actually. Are the odorless kind priced differently? (just curious…)

  • February 14, 2008 9:47pm

    lol…interesting…now I wonder if it’s tasteless too…seeing as smell has a ton to do with taste!!

  • mb
    February 15, 2008 3:57am

    Lol! Hysterical!!! XD I may have tried those once and they aren’t good. But I don’t make fries at home because of the smell! lol!!! Although I have a friend that had a deep-frier with a built-in filter in the lid and it worked great. I have a couple of restaurants (not in Paris) where I go if I’m dying for fries, the greasier the better, lol! Vive le steak-frites! :D

  • February 15, 2008 4:44pm

    Haha weird…

    At first I thought this was going to be some sort of “McCain” joke.

  • February 16, 2008 7:39pm

    One thing you can get down on your knees and be grateful for is the Paris Metro is not submerged in disinfectant like the New York MTA and all US trains and just about everything else…
    It’s is truly horrid here :(

  • February 16, 2008 7:42pm

    As for “American” countertops..
    There was one at my last rental..well they called it an “American Bar”. You could only use a straw to eat your food with a counter at collar-bone level?!

  • February 19, 2008 7:15pm

    Hahahaha thanks David, you made me burst out laughing at the ‘sans odeur’ for the frites – oh j’adore les francais!


    Teena, and antipodean with a lust for Paris

  • Jérôme
    August 12, 2009 1:38pm

    If you read carrefully you would notice that the “sans odeur” is linked to “cuisson”. It doesn’t mean that the fries have no smell or taste once they’re in your plate.
    I would never buy McCain fries but I must confess that smelling like a giant frie all day long is not pleasant at all.
    Bravo for your writing, I love each sentence you have been writing here and in your book. Huge (french) fan here.
    Have you ever been to Lyon (that’s where I live) ?



  • August 12, 2009 1:50pm

    Salut Jérôme: Yes, Lyon is a wonderful city, I love Bernachon chocolate! I wish I could get there more often.