The French have a reputation for their delicious and rich French cuisine. They consider the preparation of their food as
an art and believe in taking their time when they eat. French cuisine has a lot of variety and many kinds of local
ingredients are used because of their freshness and quality. Sauces, fresh herbs, seafood, poultry and meats are used to
make French food. Vegetables such as eggplant, turnips, onions, leeks and potatoes are also used. The French use many
different kinds of cheeses. One of the most popular kinds of French cheese is Camembert.
Regional specialties are very popular and can be found all over France. Preparation and ingredients are different in each region. Classical French cuisine is a cooking style that often uses cream based sauces. Bechamel, veloute or butter sauces may be used. Cuisine de terroir is usually made with local produce and not the type of French food you’ll find in restaurants. Cuisine nouvelle is a contemporary French food cooking style that mainly uses fresh ingredients instead of rich sauces. The French add chives, rosemary, sage, marjoram, parsley, thyme and bay leaf to bring out the flavors in their food. Shallots, scallions and garlic enhance the taste of French food. Wine is often used to make the flavor in food stand out. Breads such as Ficelle and Baguette are a big part of French meals. Petit Sale aux Lentils, Quiche Lorraine and Ratatouille or Provencal vegetable soup are some popular French dishes. A few French cuisine recipes may be difficult to make but there are a variety of simple recipes you can prepare such as Provence style tomatoes and Boeuf Bourguigon.