7 Healthy Foods in French Cuisine


French cooking has a bad reputation for being unhealthy and full of butter and margarines that ultimately adds up to your calorie intake. As a matter of fact, French cooking can be taken to a whole new level by omitting some ingredients from recipes and replacing them with healthier ones. Just like replacing the butter with olive oil and grape seed. Similarly, using low fat creams as whip creams and icings. Additionally French cooking involves the use of crispy natural products, vegetables, fish, and meats like chicken. So, here are few of the healthier dishes that are part of French Cuisine;

French Onion Soup

This involves preparing your own homemade broth and then finally make your very own onion soup with it. When doing its topping you can opt for whole wheat breads instead of baguettes. This will convert your high calories onion soup to a healthier soup.

Classic French Omelet

This is a simple omelet that is paired with healthy salads. Omelet can also be topped with baked asparagus or mushrooms to add tastes and flavors in Omelet.


Scallops a la Provencal

This is a healthy food that appears to be rich in ingredients but it really has low calories and has a healthy impact on health. After baking they can be paired with tomatoes and garlic in roasted form with less oiling used.

Tuna au Poivre with Lemon-Caper Lentils

This is cooked with lentils and tuna to form a delicious and healthier steak that can be sprinkled with lemon or lime juice to get an amazing aroma.

Vegetable Soup With Basil Paste

As the name indicates, it is made with vegetables which can be decided on your own personal taste and then finally mixed with basil paste. Apart from this, Pistou can be used to add quality taste in it.

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One of the most famous dishes in the world. It is full of vegetables in red sauce. It is prepared with sautéed vegetables in red sauce. Its richness in vegetables and wonderful aroma makes it an appetizer, a side dish or even a stand-alone dish. You can use shredded meat on its top to add more flavors in it.

Coq au Vin

This is a chicken cooked in wine. It can be turned into a healthier recipe by adding vegetables and reducing the amount of oiling in it. Chicken can also be converted in healthier ingredient by coating it with whole wheat flour. It has no huge amounts of calories in it and is delicious on the other hand.


Beef Bourguignon

This is another half of Coq au Vin. The only difference here is that meat is used instead of chicken. Abundance of vegetables make it even more delicious and healthier.

Grilled Halibut Nicoise Salad

This is a healthy salad that uses tuna as its main ingredient that is topped with mustard vinaigrette. Using abundant quantity of green vegetables and cutting off potatoes will make it a healthier side dish.

So here were few dishes that are either already healthier or can be made healthier by slight modifications.

12 Tasty French Classics


French cuisine is one of the easiest cuisines in the world. They are easy to make and tastes so better. Apart from this, they are usually baked or cooked in little oil and more sauce which is why they are healthier and low-fat to eat. Here are some classic foods that you must try and eat because they are going to prove tasty for everyone.

Coquilles Saint-Jacques

This is a delicious dessert that is usually served at Christmas but how can it be a dessert if it cannot be served at any other time of year. These are sweet scallops that tastes so better that you would like to have more and more of this.

Baked Camembert

What else can you enjoy than a baked camembert? Nothing! So don’t forget to taste this out.


Buckwheat Crêpes

This kind of crepe has a real specialty that allows you to use buckwheat for outside and for inside, you can put anything to want. Fill it with a sweet or a baked chicken; this all is up to you.

Soupe à L’oignon

Now this is where, a different kind of soup comes in to play that is soup but looks way different than other traditional soups. It has a top layer of thick bread pudding that further adds to the taste of this queen soup.

Sole Meunière

This fish is an all in one dish to enjoy. Apart from being very easy to cook, this has all the mouth-watering flavors in itself.


This is the best one! Ground beef topped with mashed potatoes will definitely want you to desire for more and more.



If you love Ratatouille then you are going to love Piperade as well. This is a combination of baked eggs, with onions, tomato sauce and red espelette pepper in generous quantity.


Pizza and only Pizza. This is the simplest yet tasteful pizza made by using only onions and olives and some anchovies accordingly.


Oh and yes here it is! One of the most famous dishes in the world. It is full of vegetables in red sauce and simply amazing dish that never fills you to the fullest.

Roasted Chicken and Garlic

Well, this is traditional Sunday breakfast in France. Chicken can be made in numerous other recipes as well but with garlic cloves it is enjoyed a lot.



This is a blend of mashed potatoes with melted cheese and bacon. And let me tell you, the taste of tartiflette and its beautiful look is desirable and desirable. It is an easy recipe and can be prepared in less time.

Gratin Dauphinois

This is nothing but potatoes baked in milk or sometimes topped up with cheese. But this simple dish is pride of French cuisine due to its taste.

And this is not it, if you want some more dishes to enjoy then French foods have long and long lists to try on and enjoy. But these were the best ones that you should not miss in any case.

Easy French Recipes to Try


French cuisine is one of the easiest cuisines in the world. They are easy to make and tastes so better. Apart from this, they are usually baked or cooked in little oil and more sauce which is why they are healthier and low-fat to eat. Here are some easy French recipes that you can try at your home without any difficulty. These do not involve any complications in their cooking techniques are tasty like heaven.

Steak Frites

So this is a simple dish that has juicy Steaked Meat paired with French Fries.

Chicken Confit

This is a classic French dish – in this dish chicken is seasoned with salt and herbs and finally cooked in some olive oil until it gets cooked and softens.


French Onion Soup

This is classical French recipe that is made up of onions, broth and seasoned with thymes. This can be topped with cheesy croutons and fresh bread slice to make it even more delicious.


This also is a soup that can be cooked in minutes by using fish. It is seasoned with a bit of saffron, some oranges, and thyme with chilies.

Salmon EnPapillote

All the moisture and flavors are preserved when using this interesting technique. It is nothing but foiling fish before cooking it and this one will have all the juicy flavors in it without even drying it surface out.

Quiche Lorraine

It is again one of the famous dishes in French Cuisine. Quiche Lorraine is made with custard pie and smoked pie. This can be topped with cheese to add more taste in it.


Soufflé are a light weight airy desserts and no matter what flavor you make, it enhances its richness to the fullest. They made up an irresistible dessert with lots of options to customize.


Frangipane Tart

This tart is a kind of Pastry and not only a simple pastry; it is an upside down pastry. It has fruits in it that are caramelized and buttered before baking.


This is a blend of mashed potatoes with melted cheese and bacon. And let me tell you, the taste of tartiflette and its beautiful look is desirable and desirable. It is an easy recipe and can be prepared in less time.


Cassoulet is also another classic dish in French cooking. It is cooked by using a meat with skin paired with white beans though it is cooked overtime and is a time consuming dish to prepare.


Croque Monsieur

It is a delicious contribution in French cuisine made with cheddar and ham toastieto transform it into a gourmet toll. Topping it with a poached or singed egg will convert it into croquemadame; this is another dish with a slight difference.


This is known to be the cousin of croquem bouche. It is a pastry ring filled with chocolate éclairs on the inside.

Hazelnut Dacquoise

Now this is another kind of French Cake that has generous amount of nuts in it, hazelnuts to be specific, as well as rich whipped cream make up its inner portion.

Must Try French Sweets


Sweets and desserts are loved by everyone! And adding more to it, sweets that are conceived from French culture are even more desired. They are prepared in less time and have special kind of aroma in them. Following are some of the French sweets that you ought to try in a nearby restaurant or even make it on your own. But trying these is a must.


What else can you desire then to serve and enjoy ice cream as if you are eating tulips? It is going to be your next and final way of serving ice cream after attempting it for once.

Faux “Crepe” Cake

A cake full of layers with a topping of your own choice is the best companion of your evening tea or your best go for evening snacks. Apart from being delicious it is really easy to make.

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Lemon-Berry Savarin

Now this is a lemon cake without any kind of frosting and even then it tastes so amazing. Center is filled with berries and thus the cake makes up a dessert that will turn out to be your next favorite.

Coffee Crème Brûlée

It is a custard with a beautiful shell topping. This topping is made by broiling the custard with brown sugar until the desired color is achieved. This tastes better than its beautiful color shades and presentation.


You have puff pastry in your freezer? A filling in your refrigerator? That’s all you need for palmiers and they will become your next main sweet dish for life time.


Cappuccino Soufflé

Cappuccino fans and souffle fans got their best treat with this sweet dish. It is more often served in restaurants but you can create it in your home in a short span of time and enjoy.

Crepe Cake

Again a crepe cake is something that not only looks beautiful but it also taste delicious. In this cake, you can even heavy chocolate pudding in the layers of your cake. Trust me it will taste even more amazing than a simple layer cake.

Tarte Tatin

Pastry and not only a simple pastry; it is an upside down pastry. It has fruits in it that are caramelized and buttered before baking.

Mocha Pots De Crème

These are chocolate pots with an intense touch of espresso. Whenever I make them, I wonder that how come these taste better than that of chocolate mousse. And trust me when you will taste it, you too are going to wonder the same.

Orange-Cardamom Madeleines

This is also another simplest sweet that can be made. It has ground cardamom in base and mouth-watery citrus icing on its top. This makes up cookies that every age can enjoy.

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French Apple Tart

This dish has gone popular in every country almost. It is apple and spiced and baked and its deliciousness can’t be expressed.

Nutella And Berry Crepes

Crepe Cake with Nutella and Berry! Seriously now every sweet in France has crepe in it.

Nutella Soufflé

And Nutella finally! You can air out your Nutella to make this soufflé and it won’t disappoint you.

Where to Find the Best Baguettes in Paris


Baguettes are a kind of bread made from simple dough but they are hugely distinguished from other breads because of their crispy and tasty crust. As per the rules of making Baguettes, finding the most appropriate place for baguettes get difficult because you need to look out for that store that has the right amount of salt in flour, whose taste is simple mouth-watering, whose crust is soft with crisp, etc. Baguettes form an important part of French culture and daily life of French people so here are few places in Paris that can provide you with just the right baguette for you;

Le Grenier à Pain

This is a great place to find yourselves good and tasty baguettes. As a matter of fact, his owner named DjibrilBodian has twice won the prize of best baguette in Paris. He also use exquisite crust on his baked goods and give them a warm golden color. Apart from this, the scent of his products is arousal for every person who gets into his shop.


Du pain et des idées

The breads produced here have a soothing yellow color on the top with a slight glimpse of hazelnut in its taste. Breads from Du pain are famous all over in Paris.

Boulangerie Basso

This is owned by female bakers but the fact is their cocoa bread is most wanted in the vicinity. Though they bake it somewhere around twice a day but their sweetness and saltiness and chocolate chunks are well accepted and enjoyed a lot.

Aux Délices du Palais

Well, now we are talking about the top bread baker of 2014. He adds a milky taste in his bread with the inner structure resembling like a honey comb of perfection.

Au Paradis du Gourmand

His breads are filled with a wheat aroma that gets into you from just entering the shop. He is well known for delieveringhis breads to ministries residing in Paris.


Poilâne is a historic bakery in Paris who have never left their traditions aside. They use the same old traditional methods for baking that they used in 1932. They make their breads salty by putting some salted butter on the top and the taste just boost up by this small addition.


Le Moulin de la vierge

He bakes his bread on natural yeast and his breads are enjoyed in all his chain supplies in Paris.


It is a well maintained chain bakery in Paris and Japan. There breads are produced with only natural ingredients like they go for natural yeast for baking their breads. They have a specialty called Monge Baguette that is creamy on the inside and tastes like heaven. Apart from this, they also have other side products like salads, sandwiches, etc.


He and his Japanese wife bake breads and pastries that are nowhere else to be found. They have a chain of their shops all over the Paris and apart from tasty breads and pastries, they provide an artful shop to gaze or eat by.

The Very Best (and most delicious) French Foods You Have to Try

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This is not a collection like my other posts. This is really about the very best French food that you need to get your hands on and put it into your mouth. I do not expect you to be able to cook this yourself or find it to be easily available. But what I am saying is that should you ever have the opportunity to put these taste sensations into your mouth, you need to do it as soon as possible. The only think you will regret is not having tried them sooner.

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  1. Baked Camembert: Take a step back, baked brie and make way for baked camembert. You just need to dip some baguette into it and sip some wine along with it and it is perfection.
  2. Savory Crêpes: This one you should be able to find more easily than some other features on this list. Instead of sweet crêpes, savory crêpes are made with buckwheat flour and filled with meats, cheeses, and vegetables, making it more of a meal than a dessert. They are especially popular in Brittany.


  1. Hachis Parmentier: This is one of my personal favorites and something that always tasted like home even though I was so far away. The dish is pretty much mashed potatoes plopped on top of seasoned and saucy ground beef. It is the French version of a Shepard’s pie and it is simply delicious.


  1. Magret de Canard: Canard is “duck” in English and magret means “breast.” The way that the French cook it leaves the meat bloody in the end, enhancing the flavor and leaving it as juicy and amazing as possible. Over cooking duck is a disaster and results in the meat being dry instead of juicy.


  1. Pot-au-feu: This is best eaten on a chilly night in autumn or winter. It is both yummy and comforting, exactly what you need to heat you up from the inside out. It is essentially a stew, but has some wonderful spices and flavors that make it amazingly delicious.


  1. Garbure: Another type of stew, garbure is found in the southwestern region of France. It is full of ham, cabbage, carrots, celery, and other vegetables, leaving you feeling both happy and satisfied. Perfect for a rainy or snowy day.


  1. Piperade: You are unlikely to find this dish anywhere outside of the Basque country, but I was fortunate enough to stay with a host whose father was from the Basque country and was treated to this dish. It resembles ratatouille, but there are eggs in it as well as onions in place of eggplant.

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  1. Cassoulet: Cassoulet is everything amazing about French food. I am not exaggerating. Cassoulet is made of duck and beans, mixed to create a type of stew that is unlike any other stew in the world. It is not the easiest thing to make by a long shot, so maybe see if there is a restaurant nearby who can make it for you.


  1. Fois Gras: I admit that I would happily have a love affair with fois gras. It really gets an unfair reputation. But if you have the fois gras seared in a pan, you will shed any guilt that you may have had and find yourself wondering what all of the fuss about it was.

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  1. Soupe de Poisson à la Rouille: This is a seafood soup that came from Marseille. It was once considered a fisherman’s dish since it is pretty simple and cheap to make. Combined with tomatoes and saffron, with a dollop of mayonnaise and let your taste buds take a new journey that they will never forget.

Wonderful Things Julia Child Did for French Cuisine


Julia Child’s wonderful television personality warmed hearts across the United States when she was in her prime. She brought her version of French cuisine to the homes of Americans, teaching us easy ways to cook that we had perhaps once thought nearly impossible. Julia Child was many great things, but what I want to talk about here is what she did for French cuisine on a global level. While we are all familiar with her book, what she did for the progress of French food is a bigger mark and one that we all still see today.

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  1. She broke the French cuisine glass ceiling. When Julia Child had decided that she wanted to properly learn how to make the greatest French recipes in the world, she discovered that it was a “boys only” club, with women being shut out to do the daily cooking, but not take on the art of cooking. With her persistence and dedication to becoming a successful chef, she had to break through the stereotypes that the “real” French cooking should be left with the men while the women keep their cooking to the world of motherhood and feeding the family. Once she showed what she was capable of, the stigma began to deteriorate, proving that anyone who really wants to should be able to cook French cuisine.


  1. She wrote a cookbook for Americans. One of the biggest problems that women in the United States in the 1950s had was a limit to what could be used in the kitchen. Betty Crocker and Better Homes and Gardens had their books, naturally, but they were all the staple recipes that were needed in every American kitchen. What Julia Child did was up the ante. Her book provided extreme detail, in American terms, how you can go about recreating French cuisine. It was remarkable and one of a kind.
  2. She allowed Americans to branch out. If not for Julia Child’s introduction of French cuisine for Americans, we may be restricted in our cuisine choices to gravy beef or corned beef hash. She had many television programs through the years, all of which expanded the American palate and expectation for haute cuisine. With her easy and charming personality, she made it seem like anyone could really give it a shot if they wanted to, putting French cuisine as something accessible to middle-class Americans.
  3. She demonstrated the concept of wine pairing. Sure wine pairing has really been around as long as humans have been drinking wine (hint: we have always been drinking wine), but Julia Child took it to the next level. When she would add some wine to a recipe, she was sure to sample the wine as well, allowing her to enjoy cooking even more and force people to take their cooking less seriously. Cooking is far more enjoyable with wine. And by tasting the product, she was sure to know that it would go well with the dinner (provided there was any wine left).


  1. She took away the snobbery. Most practical people would not argue with the idea that French cuisine is known to be of the highest caliber. The chefs in Lyon are known to be among the greatest in the entire world. But that said, French food also comes with a high price tag, stating that the delicacy that is French cuisine should be restricted to those who have heavy enough pockets to afford it. Julia Child eradicated the concept that French food had to be spendy. The concept is still certainly around, but also around is the fact that you have the ability to make it yourself, right there in your own kitchen. It did not take down the exquisiteness of the food, but instead made exquisite food more accessible for everyone.

Classic French Recipes


Now keep in mind when you are reading this that there are many different definitions of the word “classic” and my collection may not include recipes that you could consider classic. I have supplied links to some of the best recipes out there so you can try your hand at these dishes if you are feeling brave enough to give it a go.


  1. French Onion Soup: Classic and divine, French onion soup can often be found in restaurants on both sides of the pond, but is especially tasty when in France. You can find a great recipe for it here: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/french-onion-soup-236714. There are variations on it, but generally speaking, French onion soup is pretty amazing no matter how you do it.
  2. Cheese Soufflé: Soufflé can be one of the more challenging endeavors in the kitchen. When it is done well, the soufflé will be light and airy. But it is easy to ruin and have it fall into the bottom of the pan as a dense rock. So it you don’t get it right the first time, don’t despair. It is a trick to master. Here’s a recipe: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/goat-cheese-and-herb-souffles-105061.
  3. Steak Tartare: Steak tartare has caught many diner unaware, leading you to believe you are ordering cooked steak, instead of receiving it completely raw. Usually there are spices mixed in and once in a while there is a raw egg over the top, but still, the meat is served raw. Here’s a good recipe to try it out: http://www.chowhound.com/recipes/classic-steak-tartare-10983.
  4. Confit de Canard: When we are thinking about cooking duck the French way, one wonderful method and very classically French is the confit de canard. It may be hard to get your mind around the idea of duck fat, but seriously the results will melt in your mouth. You can cook it yourself if you follow this recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/confit-de-canard-recipe.html.


  1. Bouillabaisse: This dish comes out of Marseille where the seafood is plenty and the sun shines a lot more often. Flavored with saffron, it really captures the flavors of the area and is very much appreciated by seafood lovers around the world. Here is a great recipe: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/bouillabaisse.
  2. Ratatouille: I’m sure this brings to mind the Disney movie of the same name, but the dish is very much real. Ratatouille is one of my all-time favorite dishes to eat, but it can be a bit of a pain to make. I recommend investing in a mandolin to make it much easier to prepare. Try this recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/222006/disneys-ratatouille/.
  3. Roasted Chicken and Garlic: I’m sure you may be thinking “hey I make that already.” Perhaps you do and you do not realize that it is the standard French Sunday afternoon meal. It is relatively easy to make and the results are always delicious. It allows you to cook something French without venturing too far out of your comfort zone. Here’s a good recipe: http://www.marthastewart.com/319432/chicken-with-40-cloves-of-garlic.
  4. Fondue Savoyarde: What French menu would be complete without fondue? And while chains like the Melting Pot offer some delicious fondue choices, you can make it yourself as well. You can find a recipe here: http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Fondue-Savoyarde.
  5. Gratin Dauphinois: Potatoes au gratin the traditional way! The authentic version actually does not have cheese, but is made with cream and milk and still lovely and rich. http://chocolateandzucchini.com/recipes/vegetables-grains/gratin-dauphinois-potato-gratin-recipe/.
  6. Coq au Vin: Coq au vin is the quintessential French dish. I had heard the term so many different times in my life, but I did not understand what it was until I actually went to France and let me tell you, it is good. And, as a perk, you can make it yourself as well. The “coq” used to be made from a rooster, but now we usually make it with just chicken. Here’s a lovely recipe: http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2006/12/magnificence-au-vin/.


Best Wine Pairings for French Food: An Introduction



What do you first think about when you think about French culture? Is it the music? The art scene? The smoking? I would wager that one of the first things that pops into your mind is the wine. French wine is one of a kind and while there is other great wines around the world, French wine is especially delicious. I started this blog in the hopes that someone out there would find a recipe or food that was interesting and something new to experiment with, but what French food would be good without the delicious French wine to go with it. So here is my introduction for you in the world of French wines as they relate to French foods.


The Whites

  1. 2012 Chateau de Bonhoste: This citrus Sauvignon Blanc works very well with the more bitter vegetables that are usually hard to pair with a wine, like asparagus and artichokes. The citrus really balances out the acidic flavor and enhances it.
  2. NV Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau Brut: This is an almost apple flavored white, but it still manages to not be overly sweet. It also works well with asparagus and salads, perfect for a hot summer evening.
  3. 2010 E. Guigal: This viognier is very floral with almost a peach scent to it. It works well with summer salads as well las summer scents on your deck. It does run on the sweeter side of things, so proceed with caution.
  4. 2010 Domaine Luneau-Papin Pierre de la Grange: This white works wonderfully with most seafood, but has a special flavoring with shrimp. The wine runs on the acidic side, making it nice company for seafood.
  5. 2008 Vacheron Sauvignon Blanc: In general, Sauvignon Blanc is the safest French white wine you can go with. It is reliably good and works well with
  6. many different meals. The Vacheron will remind you of grapefruit and summer time, making it a lovely afternoon selection or even a good pairing for a fruit dessert.

The Reds

  1. 2009 Chateau Hyot Bordeaux: Bordeaux is one of the easiest red out there. The Chateau Hyot is full of a rich flavor with almost a subtle butter hint at the end. It is delicious with all red meats, steaks especially.
  2. 2009 Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages: Beaujolais wines are usually pretty forgiving and go with many different types of food. This wine in particular works very nicely with chicken dishes.
  3. 2001 PUR Quartz et Sable Beaujolais Villages: Another fine Beaujolais choice, the PUR Quartz is an unsulfured choice, allowing patrons with a sulfur sensitivity to still be able to partake in the deliciousness. It works well with seafood, specifically tuna, which is a good alternative if you are not a big fan of white wines.
  4. 2011 Fabrice Gasnier Chinon Les Graves: Chinon is known to be some of the lightest reds out there, bringing an almost rosé quality to it. This chinon works well with vegetable dishes, such as ratatouille, enhancing the flavors of the herbs and the vegetables.
  5. 2007 Joseph Roty Bourgogne Rouge: This Burgundy wine is wonderful with stews and other comfort foods in winter. It comes with a full and smoky quality, helping warm you from in the inside out as well as adding in a lovely addition to your meal.
  6. 2006 Bouchard Bourgogne Rouge: Another lovely Burgundy, the Bouchard is earthier, making a nice choice for beef meals that are heavy in vegetables like potatoes and carrots. It really brings out the flavors of the food nicely and can even be thrown into the pot when you are cooking your beef.

Seven of the Most Interesting French Recipes


So I have taken you down the road of the strangest and perhaps most disgusting recipes, the classic recipes, and the easiest recipes. Let us now look at the simply the fascinating French recipes. I think of them as interesting because they are unusual, but not necessarily to the point of grossness, but just curious that they are food the French would eat while the Anglos would certainly not eat the same food.

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  1. Lamprey à la Bordelaise: A lamprey is a type of eel and is difficult to find in the United States. Unfortunate really because it is quite good. And do not scoff at the idea of eating eel. People eat it all of the time in sushi. If you do get your hands on lamprey, here’s a fun recipe to experiment with: http://www.foodarts.com/recipes/recipes/31114/lamprey-la-bordelaise.


  1. Beef tongue: I know you are probably thinking, “Hey you said that this would not be gross,” but you see the tongue is not that weird of a food to eat. It is a very interesting food to eat. The tongue is merely a muscle, after all, which is no different than any other muscle we eat. The shape just seems to really throw people off. If you would like to give cooking it a go, try out this recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/236880/slow-cooker-lengua-beef-tongue/.


  1. Frog legs: I have often heard that frog’s legs tastes just like chicken. I really have to disagree with this statement, because I do not think that they taste much like chicken in any way. I am not exactly sure who said that to begin with. It is the eating the frogs that gave the French the “frog” nickname by the British. I am not sure what inspired them to first decide to gnaw on a frog, but I assume it is more of desperation than desire. You can purchase frog legs from your local butcher. Here’s a recipe if you would like to try it yourself: http://www.food.com/recipe/simple-sauteed-frogs-legs-40405.


  1. Lapin: I think that eating rabbit meat is much less taboo than it used to be, but it is still interesting nonetheless. My host family would slaughter their own rabbits, so there were often rabbit corpses in our refrigerator. I do not recommend purchasing rabbit with the head still on. Here is a recipe for you to try out: http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/3727-lapin-a-la-bourguignonne-rabbit-with-red-wine-sauce.
  2. Tetines: Ok maybe this one is a little bit on the gross side of things. The cow udder is also a piece of the cow that the French simply will not let go to waste. But really, the worst is just envisioning chewing on a cow’s udder. If you can get beyond the idea of what it really is, you should be able to eat it without too much worry. Here’s a recipe if you find udder from your local butcher: http://www.food.com/recipe/roasted-cow-udder-300277.
  3. Tripe: Also a little gross is the tripe. The tripe consist of the animal’s stomach and intestines. That is a hard one for me to get over, and again is demonstrating how the French waste nothing when it comes to their meat. I have not brought myself to try it out, but I do know that the people I have heard discuss it say that it truly is delicious when done well and is very high in protein. Here’s a recipe here: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/04/deep-fried-tripe-recipe-how-to-fry-tripe.html.


  1. Pigeon: If you think about how many pigeons are always wandering around the streets of all of the major cities in the world, imagine if we perceived the pigeon as a meal. Sure the meat is not exactly substantial, but why should we not eat it? Pigeon meat is actually very similar to that of quail and something you should not scoff at before trying it. Here’s a recipe to consider working on: http://honest-food.net/2014/12/22/roast-pigeon-recipe/.


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