National Bouillabaisse Day on December 14th gives seafood lovers everywhere a reason to celebrate. This flavorful fish stew hits the spot on cold winter’s day, too. 

The French are known for many great recipes. Their food inspires travel to France for a taste of the authentic. Bouillabaisse tops the list of must-have cuisine while visiting France. The tasty stew originates in the port city of Marseille and is traditionally made using the bony rockfish, saffron, fennel seed, and orange zest.

In the culinary world, strong opinions bounce around about the proper ingredients for an authentic bouillabaisse. Those opinions include the type of fish. Typically cooks use red rascasse, sea robin, or European conger. They also debate the type of wine (red or white). Both topics are hotly debated. They even argue about the soup’s origins. Did a Greek goddess create the stew? Or does the credit belong to coastal fishermen who threw the ingredients together from unsold bony rockfish? Perhaps these spicy debates add a little flavor to the stew, too. Your guess is as good as ours.

Regardless, cooks use a variety of fresh fish as their first step to a delicious bouillabaisse. It is especially important if you can’t get to the south of France to order it made for you.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBouillabaisseDay

Travel to France to enjoy the authentic taste of bouillabaisse. No time? Visit a French restaurant near you or even try making it yourself. Explore a variety of recipes for bouillabaisse. For inspiration, watch Julia Child while she prepares her Bouillabaisse A La Marseillaise. Invite friends to join you.

We’ve also provided this Bouillabaisse Recipe for you to try. Add a baguette and watch a French movie (or any movie about food) for additional flair. We have a few suggestions to get you started:

  • The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)
  • Julie and Julia (2009)
  • Kings of Pastry (2010)
  • Ratatouille (2007)
  • Big Night (1996)

You can also take a cooking class to master this delicious stew. Let us know how it turns out! However you celebrate be sure to use #BouillabaisseDay to post your experiences on social media.


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December 14th History


The first trans-pacific cable line is completed by the Commercial Cable Company. It connected San Francisco, CA to Honolulu, HI.


The first team of explorers reaches the South Pole. Roald Amundsen and his team left his base camp at Antarctica’s Bay of Whales in October using sleigh dogs and arrived at the pole ahead of Robert F. Scott by more than a month.


Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” is #1 on the music charts. 


Pilots Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager take off from Edwards Air Force Base in Voyager. Burt Rutan designed the lightweight aircraft from composite materials in a honeycomb design. The design allowed the plane to carry more fuel. As a result, the pilots completed the nonstop flight around the world without refueling. They completed the flight in 9 days.

December 14th Birthdays

Morihei Ueshiba – 1883

During the 1930s, Ueshiba developed the martial art known as Aikido.

Jimmy Doolittle – 1896

The American pilot led many missions during World War II earning him both the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Margaret Madeline Chase Smith – 1897

The American politician was the first woman to elected to Congress in both the House and Senate. In both instances, she was also the first woman representing Maine.

Don Hewitt – 1922

In 1968, the news producer created the television news magazine 60 Minutes.

Junior J. Spurrier – 1922

The American soldier received the Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions at Achain, France during World War II.