French Cuisine

French cuisine is famously known for cheese, baguettes, macrons, crepes, and of course, escargot! Food in France is it’s own culture, and there are daily routines of when food is eaten and which food is appropriate for that meal.

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Breakfast:

Breakfast is generally bread. It is a light meal that may also include yogurt or cereal.

Lunch is not too different. Schoolchildren might bring snacks, such as cookies. Bread is still typical for midday meal.

Dinner involves several courses. It is usually served one plate at a time and the meal can extend for hours. Restaurant culture is very different in this sense. French waiters do not rush customers out with the bill–the common tool to get Americans to leave the restaurant so more customers can be seated. It is not considered rude to sit at the table and talk for hours, while ordering drinks here and there. The French value mealtime and will typically eat slowly. My family’s French student had a hard time adjusting to Americans’ eating pace. Restaurants would bring out dishes with very little time in-between. She couldn’t understand how we ate so quickly.

Wine is also a typical dinnertime drink. The legal drinking age in France is 18, but it is not frowned upon for older teenagers to be given alcohol at dinners and socials.

At a dinner party, it is rude to pour your own drink besides water. If the host has stopped serving you, it is probably time to leave! In France, it is polite to eat everything on your plate and not waste. With that said, if you serve yourself, it is expected you know how much you can eat. Before eating, you must wait for everyone to be served . Generally, “bon appetit” or a toast will be given before drinking or eating. After dinner, cheese is served before the desert.

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