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Fascinating Facts About Strikingly Delectable French Food

Facts about French Food
French cuisine is probably one of the most fabulous and widely acclaimed cuisines across the globe. It is quite fascinating that every food item has a wine to accompany it. This is the way that French recipes can be enjoyed to the hilt...
Marlene Alphonse
Last Updated: Mar 7, 2018
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French Cuisine
French cheese and wine
Apart from its monuments and historical places, France is also known for its cuisine, which is an exotic blend of spices, cheese and wine. Every region in France is popular for a long list of foods that are enjoyed by the locals as well as tourists. The ingredients and dishes are different in every region. For example, the food in the northern region of France will be different from the south.
Historical Background
Being diverse, the birth of modern French cuisine can be attributed to the Middle Ages. It has evolved in a widespread way over time. The main contribution to this wide range of foods is the different geographies and climates, which facilitate the production of different types of ingredients. Italian cuisine has also been a great influence on the French culinary arts, especially during the 15th and 16th centuries. This was the period when a Florentine princess Catherine De Medicis (married to King Henry II of France ) brought her Italian chefs who introduced a new range of ingredients and dishes.
Turning Point
French Food
The French Revolution was an important turning point in the French food industry. This was the period where chefs began experimenting with new ingredients and came up with equally enticing dishes. Sauces were introduced in the cuisine by Marie-Antoine Carême, who named his sauces mother or base sauces.
Haute Cuisine, also referred to as High Cuisine, was developed between the 17th and 18th century by a chef named La Varenne. Modest and less extravagant recipes were experimented during this era. Modernization took place in the late 19th and early 20th century. This change can be credited to Georges Auguste Escoffier, who developed a brigade system in kitchens, where different chefs were assigned for different tasks.
Interesting Facts about French Cuisine
Experimenting with French food is a sure delight and you can hon your culinary skills. French cuisine is an excellent blend of the right amount of spices, that lend the food its flavor and aroma. Cooked with precise care, French food has high gastronomic value in the food industry. Here are some facts that will help you have a closer look at this world famous cuisine.
The Classical French Cuisine includes some of the classy regional dishes that are prepared using cream sauces. A sub category of this is Haute cuisine. It is the more expensive variant and is served in French restaurants across the globe. Cuisine Nouvelle includes lighter recipes without the use of heavy cream sauces, and seasonal dishes are made using local ingredients. The third type, Cuisine du Terroir, is made according to the local tradition using only the local ingredients.
Say Cheese!
Various kinds of cheese
The main ingredient is different kinds of cheese, which makes its appearance in every dish, may be as a side or sometimes the main ingredient. Cheese sauces are also used for dipping.
Veggie Tales!
Grown Vegetables
There are many famous food items that are known for the exquisite way in which they are prepared. In the regional cuisine, locals use fruits and vegetables grown by them. Some of the locally grown vegetables include carrots, eggplant, leek, potato, shallot, turnip and zucchini.
A Fruity Affair!
French Fruits
The French also consume a healthy share of fruits. Some of the fruits commonly included in making pies, tarts etc. are apples, apricots, blackberries, blackcurrant, cherries, grape, oranges, peaches, pears, raspberries, strawberries, tangerines and tomatoes etc.
French Meal
Duck Pates
The traditional meal normally includes food like crepes, couscous (a type of pasta), duck, pates, saucisson (dried sausage) and terrines. Apart from this, the staple food mainly consists of different varieties of cheeses, canned vegetables, baguette (French stick bread), pasta (with carbonara sauce), rice, ham and steak haché.
Meat Story
Lamb Mutton
Beef, chicken, duck, frog, goose, horse, lamb, mutton, pork, quail, rabbit, snails, squab, turkey, and veal are some of the commonly eaten meats. They are included in a number of delicacies and enjoyed by the young and old alike.
Aromatic Truffle
Another key ingredient is truffle. Not to be confused as chocolate confections, the truffle is actually a type of an aromatic fungi. These fungi grow in the wild and the French use pigs and dogs to find them as these animals can smell them quite distinctly.
French Meal
Bread and Cheese
The French believe in eating food the same way in which it was cooked. The duration of a lunch on any given day may last for up to two hours. Dinners normally consist of a four course meal, complete with appetizers, main course, bread and cheese, and a dessert to wrap it up.
Along with the appetizer a drink known as aperitif is served to guests. It is a kind of a cocktail which is served as an accompaniment for appetizers and usually includes gimlets, Manhattans and martinis. This is considered to be a stylish way of treating the guests.