The Culture of French Food

Next to Italian food, French cuisine is noticeably some of the most adored cuisines in all of Europe and considered to be the very best if we may add. While the entire French cuisine culture starts off with the way they view food, which is a massive part of their lifestyle, as well as picking the correct ingredients, taking a lot of time to plan their menus and also, sitting down at a scheduled hour to enjoy food together on a daily basis, there is a lot of culture involved when it comes to French food.

When it comes to mealtimes in France, everybody should drop what they’re doing

Having three square meals a day according to the correct meal times in this country is actually a thing. The French are one of the few cultures that have actually preserved the method and meaning behind ‘daily family time’ and it involves sitting around a table with both friends and family. While most people around the globe, find this to be too time-consuming, the French take time off work during midday to go home and enjoy a meal together. They also only believe in three square meals a day and do not believe in a snack serving as food.

For the mere fact that having three square meals are so important, some restaurants in France even serve dinner after 10 p.m.

The tradition of bread, cheese and wine

These three food items form an essential part of the culture of French cuisine. They perfectly compliment one another and make an affordable lunch for all to enjoy. Having bread, cheese and wine together is a tradition as these three items are made by locals all around France. Bread is baked fresh daily and forms part of their heritage. If you think of something doughy like croissants, these serve as the perfect breakfast and one you should definitely have when visiting this beautiful country. With 32,000 bakeries all around France, you’ll have a lot to choose from.

Also, meat, poultry and fish…

Serving as sources of protein and paired with most meals, meat, poultry and fish are considered both adequate for lunch and dinner. If you look at a French table of food, there will always be a centrepiece that merely consists of meat. If you’re a meat lover, you’ll definitely love this tradition.

A Café Society for all the world to enjoy

When you take a stroll through France, you’ll notice the relationship between the locals, food and travellers. It’s a beautiful experience and yet another reason why France is considered an extremely cultural country when it comes to food. Enjoying a coffee with a newspaper or book at a café is best described as the art of passing time by the French. The French implore these lazy days and advise you to take a break and do the same.

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