There is no sincerer love than the love for food - George Bernard Shaw

The French literally live this quote through their cooking and culinary skills. The history of French cuisine dates back to many centuries and the French food you eat today is the result of many generations handing down their traditions to keep alive the French culinary heritage.  The French are the masters of gastronomy and they do this with so much ease that it will bewilder you. Nonetheless, French food is also very easy to make and once you learn the basic art of French cooking, it will be a walk in the park for you.

Even if you are a home cook, French food should be easy to make. It only requires understanding some basic techniques and the right use of ingredients.

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Find Out About the History of French Food

The deliciousness of French ingredients!
The French have retained traditional cooking techniques in the most evolved dishes.

French cuisine is often considered the benchmark in world culinary skills. French cooking is essentially a combination of traditional cooking methods and practices. Culturally rich neighboring countries of Spain, Germany and Italy have had a huge influence on the history of French cuisine. The local cuisine which is primarily derived from the long western Atlantic and the English Channel coastlines, has received a boost thanks to the influences of other world cuisines.

When it comes to understanding the evolution of French food through the centuries, two prominent names come up- Francois Pierre La Varennes and Marie-Antoine Carme. They were both revolutionary chefs in their own rights who popularized the traditional and indigenous French cooking styles, that marked a departure from the early foreign influences. Cheese and wine, the cornerstones of French cuisine also gained popularity during their time. Their addition to the French food took the taste to  a whole new level that none had imagined thus far.

For a foodie who has a flair and curiosity for understanding the cooking techniques and ingredients that bring out the best delicacies, the origin of French food is of special interest. This story is filled with anecdotes spanning different ages and era. Dating back to 1400 A.D., French cuisine started its journey by duplicating Moorish culture and food. You'd be surprised to know that sugar, the main ingredient in Moorish dishes, was still considered a luxury in France.

Today, French cuisine is considered the backbone of may world cuisines and cooking schools. Its influence on culinary schools and regional cuisines from across the world are almost considered legendary. For a new chef just starting to learn to make a soup or tart, the French cooking techniques may seem intimidating. But it slowly becomes easy once you learn the finesse. The illusion of this high level of complication is because of the quality of French cuisine one finds in any restaurant- be it a local eatery or a Michelin star joint.

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The French pack a punch in each meal with lots of flavors and seasoning | Image Source: Unsplash | Image Courtesy: Evelyn Semenyuk

Be it a home cook in their own kitchen or a professional French chef, all of them have one thing in common. They all rely on traditional cooking practices from France and regional food is pretty much in demand. The different types of French cuisine that you eat today are the result of a lot of experimentation in the past. But despite the influences of neighboring countries like Italy and Belgium on its food, French cuisine has retained much of its originality and tradition-be it for a simple chicken meal or the complex sauce that accompanies it. No wonder, French cuisine is considered to be a benchmark in world cooking.

Thanks to culinary tourism and Guide Michelin, the world is now familiar with regional food from the French countryside. Some of the international bestselling French recipes are from the remote French villages cooked with fresh, local ingredients. In recognition of its contribution to world cuisine, UNESCO declared French gastronomy as an intangible cultural heritage in 2010. 

You will associate fine food and exclusive recipes with French cuisine. Every region in France has their unique specialties, that adds the diversity to French cuisine. That is why it is considered a multicultural cuisine. Each French recipe has been handed down from one generation to another to preserve its authenticity.

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The history of French cuisine will tell you all about the origins of French gastronomyIt can be traced back to the Middle Ages when culinary treaties and cursory recipes used to be important political arrangements between nations and empires. Cultural exchanges were thus inevitable and led to the evolution of French cuisine, as we know it today.

During the Renaissance period, French cuisine used to be hegemonic. But that element has almost been obliterated thanks to the fact that world cuisine is now a level-playing field. There are so many top-notch home cooks and chefs and advance culinary styles on the international haute cuisine market that they might give the French chefs a run for their money. But this, in no way, takes away from the contribution of French gastronomic cuisine to becoming a benchmark in world cuisine.

The history of French gastronomy started during the period of the Gaul's, who really popularized the culture of eating and drinking to the fullest. And that is really the crux of French gastronomy today, 

As a testament to their ranks and nobility, the Gauls would throw lavish banquets to display their wealth and prestige. They didn't need an occasion to celebrate. The birth of a child, weddings or victories in wars could be the reason, but they would celebrate extravagantly nonetheless. Each meal would be made and served elaborately and they would be accompanied by live performances. And all this was before knives and forks were invented, so they would use their hands to dig in and eat.

Traditional home cooks and professional chefs, who pour their hearts out onto their plates are the richest source of information about French gastronomy. And if you are in France, this passion is shared across all the regions you visit- from Normandy to Provence across Burgundy to the South West. Wherever you go you will be welcomed with a hot bowl of soup or freshly-made cake from the kitchen.

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The French are known to rely on local ingredients to cull out some of the best dishes.

Cooking well doesn't mean cooking fancy - Julia Child

The most popular French recipes combine a burst of local flavors and some form of protein- chicken, pork, fish, or any other meat. For a gourmet chef or an aspiring student in a cooking school, these are techniques and recipes you are probably already familiar with. After all, French cuisine serves as the foundation for any gastronomic recipe in world cuisine. The fancy French dishes are just variations of some basic and typical French food that you must learn to cook if you want to serve a slice of France. So, start with learning the basics before you try out a more complex recipe. Start with the soup, chicken, tart before moving onto more complex meals including beef and other bisques.

If you are planning to serve a French dinner at home, then you have to read a little bit about the basics of French meals and cooking techniques. The main thing here would be to learn to cook with finesse and the rest of the techniques will be taken care of. With this out of the way, you can even add more complexity and elegance to basic dishes and meals like an omelet or a croissant. French food is 90% tradition and 10% experimentation. Among the most popular French foods are of course cheese, wine, and desserts.

It doesn't require a rocket scientist to master the art of French cooking. Just perfect the sauce here and add a little more moisture to the cake there, and you should be good. There is a lot of hype around French recipes which should not intimidate you. And if you can, use fresh ingredients like veggies and fruits to keep up with the traditional French techniques of cooking. You can go online to check out hundreds of French food guides to get you started.

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