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Ahhh, butter
So, I've been on the lookout for a French butter source in the US.

While it's fairly easy to find Beurre D'Isigny, it's not as easy to find other brands, especially at reasonable prices.

While I enjoy the rush of successfully smuggling a few pounds of salted heaven back into the US every few weeks, I would love to find a reputable source with a wider selection.

An email from a reader yesterday expedited my search, and guess what? I think I may have found something.

The Gourmet Food Store has a nice selection of French butters, including Echire butters. Echire butters are revered, government protected butters that hail from the Echire region of Western France. Some are outrageously expensive (uh, hello $141 an ounce), but most are within reason for an imported product.

The butter I sneak in the suitcase is not Echire butter (in fact it's garden variety grocery store butter as seen above), but it's fantastic. Makes me wish our culture looked at good butter as a birth right, which is how I imagine the French feel.


Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nichole

Jim – I hope not. Though I do broadcast it enough.

It's the one illegal thing I do. A girl's gotta have a bit of adventure in her life, right?

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Jim Mitchem

You do realize that the next time you return from France, customs will be looking for you right? ;)

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by christina

Yes, please! If you're feeling extra dangerous, smuggle one over my way.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Monique

All of a sudden, I want butter!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Kristy

I bought salted Beurre d'Isigny just the other day to try it, since you love it so much. I haven't gotten into it yet, but I baked bread yesterday, so I'm thinking it would be the perfect complement.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by A Taste of T

Look out for the Butter Bandit :)

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Laura

now, i'm not an expert on french butter, but i did notice a selection of french butters in the brooklyn cheese shop on bedford ave in brooklyn this wkd…would be more convenient than paris! and, the shop is presh…if you haven't been, GO!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Marcouiller Trimble

you can never have too much butter or too much love.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by anna and the ring

Yes, the best butter ever! As long as there are tiny salt crystals it is perfect!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Cyrie

mmmmmmm. butter.

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