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French Recipes


France is known and admired throughout the world for the refinement and elegance of its cuisine. In French cuisine, there are some dishes which are considered national dishes, eaten throughout France, and others with specific regional origins, but one common factor in all French dishes is an emphasis on fresh, good quality ingredients (especially local produce), and careful preparation.

Here are some popular French dishes:
  • Andouillette - Andouillette is a type of sausage that historically comes from Lyon, Cambrai or Troyes. Traditionally it is made from the stomach and colon of a pig, but nowadays the contents may vary, though it usually includes the intestines of a pig, cow or calf. It has a rubbery texture, and very strong animal-like flavor and smell, that if you are unused to it, you may find disconcerting or even unpleasant. Andouillette is usually eaten hot, but may be sliced and eaten cold.

  • Beef Bourguignon (French: Bœuf bourguignon) - A stew prepared by cooking beef in red wine with carrots and onions. Garlic and herbs are used for flavoring, and lardons (cubes of bacon prepared from the back fat of a pig) are usually used in the recipe. The dish is garnished with mushrooms and onions.

  • Blanquette de veau - Veal poached with aromatic vegetables in water or stock. The vegetables are then discarded and the sauce thickened by adding cream and egg yolks. Mushrooms and onions are also added to and cooked in the sauce.

  • Bouillabaisse - This is a fish stew, from the Provençal region, and especially the city of Marseille. The dish is prepared by cooking a variety of fish and shellfish (as many as a dozen varieties) with celery, leeks, onions and tomatoes, in stock flavored with herbs and spices. When the dish is served, the fish and stew are placed in separate bowls, and the stew is poured over "rouille", which is French bread seasoned with bread crumbs, olive oil and chili.

  • Coq au vin - This well-known French dish is prepared by fricasseeing chicken in wine with lardons (cubes of bacon prepared from the back fat of a pig), mushrooms, and garlic. Traditionally, older roosters are used when preparing coq au vin, as they contain more connective tissue, which results in a richer broth. According to legend this recipe was eaten by Julius Caesar during his conquest of Gaul, but it unclear if this story is actually true.

  • Escargot - Snails - often eaten as an appetizer - normally cooked in garlic butter.

  • French onion soup - According to legend this soup was invented by King Louis XV (or perhaps King Louis XIV) when he returned to his hunting lodge and had to improvise a new recipe from an almost bare larder. This soup is made from onions and beef broth, and topped with cheese and croutons.

    French Onion Soup

  • Pot-au-feu - A spicy stew made with beef and vegetables (carrots, celery, leeks, onions and turnips).

  • Quiche - Quiches are baked dishes made with heavy cream, and eggs in a pastry crust. Traditionally cheese is not used when making quiche, but nowadays, most recipes do include some cheese. Quiche Lorraine is simply quiche with some bacon in the mixture. Quiche Alsacienne is the same as Quiche Lorraine, but with onions added.

    Quiche

  • Crêpes - Crêpes are thin pancakes made from wheat flour that are originally from Brittany (French: Bretagne). There are both savory (crêpes salées) and sweet (crêpes sucrées) varieties available.

  • Éclairs - Éclairs are hollow baked pastries (made from choux pastry - a very light version of pastry), which when cool are filled with pastry cream (crème pâtissière), custard or whipped cream, and then topped with either chocolate or icing.

  • Profiteroles - Like éclairs, profiteroles are made from choux pastry, but they are however much smaller. They are normally filled pastry cream (crème pâtissière) or whipped cream, sometimes glazed with caramel, and often served with chocolate sauce.

  • Chocolate mousse - A creamy dessert made from eggs and cream, and flavored with chocolate.

  • Crème brûlée - A vanilla custard base topped with a hard layer of caramel made by burning sugar under a grill, blowtorch or other intense heat source.
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The Little Paris Kitchen: 120 Simple But Classic French Recipes

By Rachel Khoo

Chronicle Books
Released: 2013-02-05
Hardcover (288 pages)

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Rachel Khoo moved to Paris, studied patisserie, fell in love with the city, became a restaurateur in a very tiny space, then, a television star, and is now a bestselling author! Not every lover of Paris experiences this career trajectory, but cooks of all skill levels with a taste for French fare will be inspired by The Little Paris Kitchen to try an updated approach to French cuisine. In this charming cookbook, Khoo demystifies French cooking with 120 enticing recipes for simple, classic, and fresh French dishes, from gouter (snacks) to elegant desserts. More than 100 breathtaking photos from celebrated photographer David Loftus shine a spotlight on the delicious food and the City of Light, and capture Khoo interacting with her purveyors and friends. We all can't have springtime in Paris. But we all can enjoy this delectable, do-able food!

French Desserts: Authentic French Recipes to Make Delicious French Desserts at Home

By April Blomgren

Released: 2017-04-18
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This book is a compilation of 25 of the most popular French desserts you can think of, from crepes to cr?me br?l?e, you name it! Many of these recipes can be served on many occasions, and some are simple that even novice chefs can give it a go.

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Classic French Cookbook - French Cooking for Beginners: Healthy French Cooking with 101 Classic French Recipes (Classic French Cooking) (Volume 1)

By Diana Polska

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HEALTHY AND CLASSIC FRENCH COOKING FOR WEIGHT LOSS

This book reveals the secrets of how the French eat to stay thin effortlessly. This cookbook contains 101 recipes based on the classic French diet. The healthy French recipes in this book are slightly modified to be healthier using ingredients such as: Organic goat's or sheep's milk/cheese, grass-fed meat, grass-fed butter, free-run eggs, wild fish, coconut oil, pink himalayan salt, apple cider vinegar, and low glycemic index sweeteners.

Simple French Food 40th Anniversary Edition

By Richard Olney

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Released: 2014-05-06
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Richard Olney was considered a culinary genius for his ability to elevate cooking to a practical art. He wrote evocatively about the beauty and pleasure in cooking by focusing on preparing simple foods well. This new edition of his classic cookbook includes a fresh cover, new interior design, and a foreword by Mark Bittman—so that a whole new generation of food lovers can enjoy this inspiring book. Olney’s 175 recipes are so straightforward that cooks will be inspired to go right into the kitchen: herb omelets, fish with zucchini, lamb shanks with garlic, and many more. He also shares techniques (several featuring his own illustrations), such as fermenting vinegar, in line with the back-to-basics trend in cooking. Olney’s emphasis on simplicity and improvisation in cooking will resonate with today’s cooks and food lovers.

French Desserts Done Right: 25 Simple French Dessert Recipes Straight from France

By Martha Stephenson

Released: 2017-04-06
Kindle Edition (68 pages)

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If you need to make a French dessert dish, then you want to make sure it gets done right. You don’t even have to be an expert at making these types of desserts. You just need to be shown how to do so in a simple manner.

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French Women for All Seasons: A Year of Secrets, Recipes, & Pleasure

By Mireille Guiliano

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From the author of French Women Don't Get Fat, the #1 National Bestseller, comes an essential guide to the art of joyful living—in moderation, in season, and, above all, with pleasure.

 

Together with a bounty of new dining ideas and menus, Mireille Guiliano offers us fresh, cunning tips on style, grooming, and entertaining. Here are four seasons' worth of strategies for shopping, cooking, and exercising, as well as some pointers for looking effortlessly chic. Taking us from her childhood in Alsace-Lorraine to her summers in Provence and her busy life in New York and Paris, this wise and witty book shows how anyone anywhere can develop a healthy, holistic lifestyle.



 
 
 

 
 
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