Every country has its culinary specialities which reflect its identity. French people dedicate a real worship to dishes and cook.
France’s gastronomy is very famous worldwide. Some of the world’s most expensive and famous food come from France. The techniques used to make them and the rareness are sometimes impressive.
Everybody knows that the presentation of the food is just as important as the taste and quality of ingredients so French put a lot of accent on this aspect.
France has set-up itself at the forefront of cooking since it is ranked as the leader of haute cuisine and it is involved in Gastro-tourism, in addition to the creation of the gastronomy bible: The Michelin Guide. The term "Michelin Star" is a hallmark of fine dining quality and restaurants around the world. In 1900, the Michelin company launched its first guidebook to encourage road tripping in France.
Why French food is well-known ?
For instance, Foie Gras is one of the most popular and well-known delicacies in French cuisine and its flavour is described as rich, buttery, and delicate. Very expensive, the Foie gras savours on grilled bread but can also be cook in the frying pan or on meat.
The second prestigious ingredient very rare but particular in some regions in France: truffle. It is a rare mushroom by its way of growing. Grown underground, under oaks, there are only dogs or truffle pigs with their developed sense of smell, who can find the famous mushroom. The truffle is savoured by small pieces because the price is very high. It is rare to have the privilege to taste this mushroom unless going to prestigious restaurants.
More affordable : seafood. Nothing exceptional because every country which have coasts can take advantage of it. However, every region develops the way it prepares seafoods. These molluscs are very appreciated in France and they accompany the foie gras during Christmas. Oysters taste floods with a little lemon and salted butter or cooked and stuffed.
Enjoy your meal !
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Pleasure & Sensation
Known especially for rich flavours, cheese and wine, French gastronomy is also well-known for the luxurious dessert realised by top chefs.
French cuisine has a rich history, and like many other native cuisines, French cuisine owes it development to brilliant chefs.
In order to illustrate these two aspects, I’ll talk about a famous chief who realised luxury Pastry.
Pierre Hermé began his career at the age of 14 as an apprentice with Gaston Lenôtre.
Famous in France, Japan and the United States, he is also called "the Picasso of Pastry". He revolutionizes pastry-making regarding taste and modernity. Pleasure is his only guide, he has invented an original world of tastes and sensations.
He is elected Best Pastry Chef of the World in 2016.
Isfahan is the most famous dessert of Pierre Hermé: macaroon biscuit with a cream in rose petals, litchis and raspberries fresh.
This wonderful pastry results from an association of different flavours.
Macaroons become the most coveted cookie in France, particularly in Paris.
Pierre Hermé proposed and revisited the macaroons to provide unique Christmas sensations and pleasures each year.
Ingredients of exceptional provenance – candied chestnut, foie gras, mandarin orange, black lemon.
Gastronomy is an essential component of French culture, history and society. It was declared an “intangible cultural heritage” by UNESCO in 2010. French cuisine is officially a cultural treasure.
November 14, 2016 I Alice
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