National Bouillabaisse Day
Facts on Bouillabaisse
- Bouillabaisse is a rich French fish stew, traditionally associated with the Provence region, especially Marseilles.
- Bouillabaisse contains various fish and shellfish, olive oil, garlic, onions, tomatoes, white wine, saffron and herbs.
- Bouillabaisse originally was a stew made by Marseille fishermen using the bony rock fish which they were unable to sell to restaurants or markets.
- As Marseille became more prosperous, restaurants and hotels began to serve bouillabaisse to upper class patrons and the recipe became more refined.
- The name bouillabaisse comes from the method of the preparation — the ingredients are not added all at once.