26 September 2023

Lonely Planet Food: Eat France

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Reviewed by Rama Gaind.


“In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport.” ― Julia Child

It’s true: you can learn much about a country’s culture via its food. French people are passionate about their culture and art, and the cuisine is internationally renowned. France is known all around the world for Paris and its monuments including the Eiffel Tower, the Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Louvre Museum.

Few western cuisines are as envied, aspired to or seminal as the food of France. Beyond all else, it is celebrated for its fresh ingredients, phenomenal regional variety and signature cooking methods. The very word ‘cuisine’ was borrowed from the French ― “no other language could handle the nuances. Culinary traditions have been perfected for centuries to make la cuisine francaise the refined art it now is.”

Markets bursting with local produce, buzzing café terraces, sun-baked olive groves tended by third-generation farmers. Ancient truffle estates, vineyards and oyster farms mirroring the beauty of each season. The smorgasbord of romantic accolades bestowed upon la belle France is dizzying, and most relate to food.

A foodie goes on a delicious gastronomic experience, a journey where local food and drinks are tops on the menu and food culture is celebrated around every corner. Discover the most iconic dishes as well as regional specialties and learn how to order and eat them. Also included is an extensive etiquette guide, must-try regional favourites and essential phrases. Vibrant photography and informative illustrations also add visual appeal to the menu.

As one of the world’s most famous and admired cuisines, Eat France is broken into easy-to-follow sections. It delves deep into cooking styles and drinks including Champagne, Lyon and the Dordogne. To entice even further, there are also mouth-watering chapters on patisseries, charcuterie, snails and bread.

“People who love to eat are always the best people.” ― Julia Child

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