The Campaign To Save French Food

10/26/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • ELAINE SCIOLINO The New York Times

Their battlefield is filled, they know, with hidden land mines and cunning enemies.

So around a half-dozen French chefs and culinary experts from the ad hoc "French Mission for Food Heritage and Cultures" are preparing for war with weapons they know best.

They ate and drank their way through a three-hour strategy session recently to help their country face the daunting task before it: to persuade the United Nations to declare French gastronomy a world treasure. The designation gives a global imprimatur -- and global promotion and protection -- to the finest cultural expressions around the world.

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