Pate de foie gras is a so-called ‘gourmet food’, made by force-feeding ducks or geese so that their livers turn to pate. So cruel it’s banned to make in the UK (and Switzerland, Finland, Italy, Poland, Germany, Turkey and Czech Republic). Still produced in other countries, it’s falling out of favour due to welfare concerns (King Charles has banned it from royal residences) and bird flu. Boycott places that sell it.
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Voie Gras is sold by Nestle (you can’t have everything but at least they’re trying). Spain’s Hello Plant Foods has sold nearly 4 million units of its faux gras, including to in Michelin-starred restaurants (Parisian chef Fabien Borgel also launched his own faux brand in France).
There’s a hidden consumer that loves foie. But what happens is that a photo of the ducks with the tubes sticking out of them flashes before them and they don’t want it. When they try Fuah! their eyebrows shoot up and they go ‘Madre Mia’. Javier Fernández (founder of Hello Plant Foods)
This Faux Gras (Two Spoons) is made from mushrooms and lentils, for a umami-rich seasoned paste by an American who has lived in France for several years, ideal on toasted garlic bread or gluten-free crackers.