What is French Cuisine | In the Spotlight

Pour bien cuisiner il faut de bons ingrédients, un palais, du coeur et des amis.

"To cook well, you need good ingredients, a palace, a heart, and some friends."

I love food, and I love everything involved with food. I like to make new dishes that keep me busy, especially my all-time favorite, French cuisine.

So today I decided to talk about French cuisine, a very pleasant subject, in the fullest sense of the word!  

So let's get started!


What is French Cuisine?

French cuisine is famous worldwide for its variety of foods and flavors. Perhaps the most surprising aspect of French food is the distinctive method used in preparing and presenting French foods. This is what has made French cuisine one of the world's best and most famous foods. 


Even in 2010, UNESCO designated French cuisine as an "Intangible Cultural Heritage."


The best part I love about French cuisine is that cooking techniques are universal and based on logic. Sautéing, frying, boiling, and poaching all have a reason and techniques. 


What Defines French Cuisine?

French cuisine refers to the many gastronomic and regional specialties of France. 

The prestige of French cuisine dates back to the period of emperors who were extremely demanding and hungry for originality in the meals and recipes they served. Whether it's a matter of taste or trying out new things,

The Middle Ages brought French gastronomy to a new level with its magnificent tables and meticulously prepared gourmet meal displays. These traditions evolved over the years, but one thing remained constant. It distinguishes French food through its beauty, originality, and one-of-a-kind preparation method.

How interesting, isn’t it?


What Are The Different Types Of French Cuisines?


I was amazed to know that French cuisine is conditionally divided into three types, each important and loved in its own way:


1.     Regional Cuisine

Regional cuisine in France differs in style and approach from one city to the next. Each region of France has its own cuisine, which is acknowledged by the bourgeois classes (upper classes), peasants, and other common residents. The southwestern regions of France tend to make foods using a variety of spices, sauces, onions, and garlic.


On the other hand, dry red wine is used to create a culinary masterpiece. The inhabitants of the coastal regions will be surprised with a large amount of seafood (usually fish, shrimp, lobster, lobster, and crab).


2.     Bourgeois Cuisine

Bourgeois cuisine is the home cooking of middle-class households in French gastronomy. Unlike a meat-centric cuisine that hides natural tastes with glaze, several cooking methods, and strong spices, bourgeois cuisine favors fresh ingredients, sauces, glazes, and precise mixes.


3.     Haute Cuisine (Extremely Fine Kitchen)

Haute cuisine is a French phrase that translates literally as "high cooking." When it comes to ingredients used in an haute cuisine restaurant, you should expect only premium meats, dairy, vegetables, and herbs supplied from reputable sources.


Then there's the matter of taste to consider. Haute cuisine is distinguished by pleasurable and harmonious tastes, balanced spices, and rich sauces. 


Finally, my favorite part there's the presentation; haute cuisine is nothing if not gorgeous and creative, with precise preparations and modest to moderate serving sizes (which inspires me a lot).


Final Words

If you are also a fan of French cuisine like me, then I suggest you try some of the famous French cuisines like Colorful and tasty lamb navarinEgg flan, Tartiflette, and Egg cocotte foie gras


You can start exploring more recipes by visiting The New Grocer!


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