Scientific research over the years has shown that France has a low rate of chronic heart disease despite a diet high in saturated fat as compared to several other countries. Whether it is because of the consumption of red wine or cooking and eating techniques, the French have definitely got their food basics bang on!
While researchers are still trying to figure out the actual reasons for French Paradox - France continues to be the undisputable food capital of the world. The fabulous produce, insatiable appetite of its people and the ingenuity of its cooks makes France every gastronome’s delight. Little cafes in Paris, locally run bakers shops and patisseries, lavishly stocked cheese shops or beautiful delicatessens displaying truffles, foie grass or the best wines in the world – France has something to offer for everyone in terms of food.
French Cuisine is so vast, mainly because it’s all about finesse, so they’ve got a technique, name and method or every little nuance in the kitchen! For you we put together a list of the top five things that makes French food as fabulous as it is.
It’s hard to believe that desserts in France initially used to be a classic combination of cheese and fruit, considering the incredible repertoire of famous French desserts we have now! The French, over the years, have mastered the art of treating flour, butter, chocolate and all things good to create an array of delicious desserts that have a stamp of French cooking on them! With the combination of simple ingredients and intricate processes, some of the most popular desserts, the world over are French. Crème brulees, macaroons, Éclairs, profiteroles, classic crepes, meringues, creamy custards that we all love are creations from skilled pastry chef of France.
Breads may be the most basic of foods, but in France baking breads is almost a revered art form. Many French families still buy their bread fresh every morning and first time visitors to France are often surprised by the number of independent boulangeries, bakeries that still operate in the cities and towns, and even in some villages. Crusty baguette’s, light buttery croissants or a delicious broche are some of the more popular breads from France, but writing about all the different types of breads the French bake, might require a book or two.
There are no two thoughts about where the best wine in the world comes from – its France and France all the way! Vineyards in France have produced just about all types of wines - red, white, rosé, sweet, dry, sparkling, opulent, austere, mineral-scented, fruity! This diversity in French wine is mostly because of the country’s wide climatic ranges. Chardonnay, pinot noir, Chablis are some classic French wines that give testimony to a famous Martin Luther quote – ‘beer is made by men, wine by gods!’
It’s no secret that the base for most great recipes is a good sauce, it’s no surprise either that most of these sauces find their origin in France. A roux, which is flour that is sautéed in butter, is the base for a lot of French as well as other Continental recipes. Béchamel, Veloute, Tomat, Brown Sauce and Hollandaise Sauce are the basic blocks of French cuisine. Once you mastered the art of creating these velvety sauces, you are one big step closer to putting together a good French meal.
It’d be unfair to talk about French food without a mention of Foie Grass and truffles. Foie grass, which is basically duck lever, is a delicacy and is most often pan seared and served with a jus or a sauce reduction. Truffles, which are easily one of the most expensive foods of the world, are also of French origin. So, make sure you try these or at least a batch of luscious truffle oil on your next trip to this culinary paradise.
Now that you know the basics of all things France has to offer, bring out all your fancy pots and pans and put together a great French meal for friends and family, as for the recipes that is what we are for!