You have just been introduced to the wonder and deliciousness of French Cuisine and now you are ready to try your hand at recreating some of the fabulous French recipes available at home. Perhaps you have always loved French dishes but never have found the time to make them yourself. Whatever it may be, one thing is sure to be said, once you master French cuisine at home your dinner parties and gatherings just got a whole though better! Before I start on any new venture involving another culture I tend to do a bit of research to understand the culture and their idea of food, spices, pairings etc. Having somewhat of an understanding of the culture you are trying to replicate a dish from can make all the difference in how the dish turns out!
That being said, to get everyone started on their French cuisine cooking at home, we thought we would share some fun and interesting facts about Food & the French Culture!
French Cuisine/ Culture Facts
- Enjoying Your Food- In traditional French culture food enjoyment is a HUGE priority. The French feel that eating is part of their culture and not just an act of putting food in your body. They take time to savor their meals and enjoy themselves in all aspects while doing so!
- Cheese Galore- the French have a different cheese for EVERY day of the year.
- Snails, Snails, Snails- definitely a country staple, the French consume an average of 500,000,000 snails per year!
- No Food Waste- France was the very FIRST country to prohibit supermarkets from throwing away unsold food.. Instead they must donate it to charities or other services that it may help. Probably one of my favorite facts!!!
- Traditional Baguette- If you want to enjoy a truly traditional French baguette, it must only be made with 3 ingredients- Flour, Yeast, & Salt. The entire loaf must way just under 9 ounces
- Legal Drinking Age- Not 1 but different legal drinking ages in the French culture. 16 for beer/wine, and 18 for hard liquor and other strong spirits
- Simple Desserts- Although many can conjure up sweet decadent desserts when thinking of French sweets the opposite is true. Traditional French dessert consists of fresh fruit, sometimes yogurt or a small square of real dark chocolate.
- Wine- Wine one of the biggest staples and influences when it comes to French cuisine and dining
- Celebrations- When it’s time to celebrate the French drink Champagne!
- Traditional Christmas Menu– during the celebration of Christmas the French enjoy a menu of raw oysters, escargots, smoked salmon, foie gras, scallops, and let’s not forget the Champagne!
- Horse & Rabbit- If you have ever dined at an authentic French restaurant, you may have noticed you saw an abundance of dishes made with horse and rabbit. This is because the French tend to eat a lot of horse and rabbit.
- The AOC- The French rely heavily on the AOC or Appellation D’Origine Controlee labeling system. This system helps to regulate the quality of chicken, wine, cheeses, olive oils, potatoes & lentils.
- Lunch Time- We said the French believe in the enjoyment of their food and because this is of such great importance it is not uncommon for the French to take a 2 hour lunch break at minimum.
Every culture has certain staples and beliefs when it comes to their cooking techniques and cuisine. Understanding their way of seeing food and the ingredients they choose can help to make your at home French cuisine out of this world! Not only is it fun to cook new dishes, having a great glass of wine that compliments the food and aromas coming from your kitchen makes the whole process that much more delicious and relaxing!