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Condiment Triumphalism!

People of America: You cannot imagine how delicious French mayonnaise is! Our leaders are concealing this fact from us, no doubt to sell more Hellmann’s. Above I give you cheap supermarket mayo — $1.20 for the tube above. “Taste this,” said wife. “It’s like you’ve never tasted mayonnaise before.”

Yes, it does. It is. Whatever. Dang, this stuff is great. How do they do it? How do they make the most mundane food products so delicious? We’re going to bring lots of this stuff back. The customs inspectors are going to wonder who these people are with a suitcase full of mayonnaise, mustard, and confiture.

I recognize that with this post, I probably cross the last boundary in French food-culture cheerleading. But it really is something how the most mundane things here delight me. I went to Sainte-Chapelle today, and it was, of course, exalting in its effect. But God help me, I probably was more excited about that mayonnaise.

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Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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