French food... can be very diverse and only the chinese have a similar variety in there food. The French are very passionate about good food and good ingredients. because of the different climates in different regions the types of ingredients used. Meals can be made to be very simple such as a baguette with good quality cheese and wine to more sophisticated cusine that is found in French restaurants.
Every region of france has there own way and style of cooking. This is nomally split into 3 types:
Classical French Cuisine- in french it is known as cuisine bourgeoise, this is the more classic and older french dishes, these are very rich and full of flavour. These dishes are very filling and with a cream sauce.
Haute cuisine- this is a more sophisticated way of cooking traditional and classic french dishes. The meals are very rich and quite heavy. They are based around a cream sauce and are either very large or very small portions.The finest ingredients are used so it is an expensive way of cooking but full of flavour.
Cuisine Nouvelle- this style was developed in 1970. This is a simpler and lighter way of cooking. Portions are smaller and not as rich, the heavy cream sauces are avoided, seasonal ingredients are used and this is a much quicker way of preparing cuisine.
Cuisine de terroir- this method is alot more rustic and not as sophisticated, Local produce and traditions are the main focus.