Classic French Food

Written by Erica Paredes

French food is always mistakenly thought to be posh and only for sophisticated palates, and while this might be true to a certain degree, mostly due to the uncommon ingredients used in French cuisine like frogs legs and goose liver, it is not always the case. The French like good food, and really take time to make sure they use the freshest ingredients and eat only "just cooked" meals, but this does not mean that their food can't be comforting and homey too.

Here are a few examples of traditional French dishes that are easy to eat, and easy on the palate, specially for newbies who would like to dip their fingers into French cooking:

Coq au Vin - This literally means "rooster in wine" and was cooked in low-income households in the past. You can use regular chicken now when making Coq au Vin and all you'll need aside from your bird are carrots, celery, mushrooms, onions, garlic, thyme, butter, bacon and red wine. It's a comforting stew that you can eat with potatoes or bread.

Boeuf Bourguignon - This is essentially a beef stew cooked in red wine. The beauty of this is that you can leave it for a long time without really watching it and voila, instant dinner. When you look for a recipe, you might be overwhelmed by the extensive list of ingredients, but don't be m afraid to dive right in. Once it's cooking, you don't even need to think about it!

Ratatouille - Another "poor man's dish", this vegetable stew was made popular by the Pixar cartoon about the rat who could cook like a gourmet chef. Made of eggplant, bell peppers, zucchini, onions, tomatoes and other herbs and spices, it only takes 20 minutes to prepare and an hour or so to cook. Add a twist to this classic French dish by serving on a bed of couscous.


Dr. Jean-Michel Cohen
is the founder of The Parisian Diet, which is about the pleasure of eating and being able to eat all types of food.

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