Recipe: French Cassoulet

French Cuisine: Cassoulet What is the origin of the cassoulet?
  • Some say that it appeared after the discovery of the new world by Christopher Columbus. The beans, which make it up, were originally imported from the Americas by him.
  • Others say that during the "100 years war" (1337 – 1453), when Castelnaudary was under siege. The mayor of the city ordered the preparation of one dish, made up of all the foods available, so the besieged would keep a full stomach.