Poultry in France is a subject with seemingly endless variety. On any given day, strolling through the market stalls, we see a typical volailler presenting birds of all sizes and flavors: from quail, pigeon, guinea hen, simple farm hens, chickens of various grades and breeds, duck, and yes, rabbit. You might not associate rabbit with poultry, unless you envision where it is traditionally found, in the basse-cour, which is the place where the small farm animals are traditionally tended to. Turn the pages of an old French cookbook where the true gems of French regional cuisine reside, and it’s likely you’ll see the poultry recipes grouped in such a way, with rabbit following along in its proper place.
Chicken is a passionate subject for many French home cooks, and it’s common knowledge that there is a direct connection between not only the breed of chicken but also where a