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History of France

French Food History
Throughout history, the French have always been very sophisticated cooks and this has been a great source of pride for them. The rich soil offers plenty of vegetables, fruits, grains, herbs and meat almost all around the year. This great soil is also great for growing healthy grapes that are used to make some of the best wines around the world. In French society, food and alcohol are very important. During Louis XIV's reign, nobility were known to have held feasts that lasted for 12 hours and there would be over ten dishes served at one feast. Just as the flavor and ingredients of French food is important, there is a large focus on the presentation of the dishes.

Ratatouille - popular dish in France
 

Traditional Food in France

Traditional Food of France
Breakfast is called le petit déjeuner and is frequently just a quick meal that includes jam, french bread, croissants, and tea or coffee. Lunch is called le déjeuner. Dinner is called le dîner and often contains three courses that include: hors d'œuvre or entrée, the starting course; plat principal, the main course; then a dessert or cheese course and there is occasionally a salad that is offered before the dessert and cheese.

 

French Dishes

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        Dishes of France

  • Madeline - This is a very little sponge cake that has a unique shell shape.
  • Crème brûlée - This is a dessert with a custard base that has been topped with a hard layer of caramel.
  • Coq au vin - This is a traditional chicken braise that has been made with mushrooms, wine and garlic.
  • Blanquette de veau - This is made when pieces of veal meat and vegetables are simmered in water or stock.
  • Steak frites - This is a very popular dish in France that is basically fries and steak.
  • Cassoulet - This is a slow cooked, rich stew that comes from the southern part of France. It is made up of a meat (such as duck, goose, pork or mutton), white haricot beans and pork skin.
  • Foie gras - This is a French delicacy made from goose or duck liver that has been fattened.
  • Millefeuille - This is a puff pastry made up of three layers that alternate and have two layers of whipped cream, jam or pastry cream.
  • Salade niçoise - This is a salad that is made up of different types of vegetables and is topped with anchovy and tuna.
  • Ratatouille - This is a traditional stewed dish of vegetables. It is made up of garlic, onions, tomatoes, carrots, eggplants, basil and marjoram.
 

French Drink

          Drink in France

  • Liqueur - Common kinds include Genepi and Chartreuse.
  • French wine - Some of the most common red wines are Gamay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Common white wines include Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
  • Brandy - Famous French brandies are Cognac and Armagnac.

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