Behind the French Menu gives a tasty background to French cuisine, French dishes, how they are made and how they should be served.
Where there is a story behind a dish's creation and
that story may aid the diner's enjoyment then that will also be included. Bon appétit!
A blog on French cuisine,
its culinary geography, history, and more
Bryan G. Newman
It is a great irony that most publications on French cuisine ignore
the men and women who enjoy French food but not its preparation and, like me,
are not too interested in blow by blow recipes when reading a travelogue.It is time for those who pay the bills in
French restaurants to have a blog that suits their interests, the food.
The posts in this blog try to ensure the traveler that he or
she will not spend ten days in France eating only steaks with French fries or
salad. Unfortunately, most English translations of French menus still leave the
diner without a clear idea of what is actually being offered; that, despite one
of the main reasons for visiting France is to investigate its world famous
cuisine.France’s restaurateurs should
do more for the visitor asFrance, by
population, is the most visited country in the world; over 80 million visitors annually.
Behind the French Menu willenable
the tourist or traveler to learn more about the offerings on French menus, and
when it is of interest, a dish's history.More than just the translation of a menu listing is noted, the main
ingredients will be explained, the way it may or should be served, and what the
diner should look out for; where possible an idea of the expected taste is
noted. With over thirty years of dining in France for almost one month every
year, I want the reader to enjoy the culinary side of their visits to France as much as
I do.Behind the French Menu joins the cuisine to the country and leaves the cooking
to the chefs.
Those who, like me, enjoy food and travel stories at home, as well
as those planning a trip to France, may also enjoy these posts at home.My occasional additions of objective and
sometimes subjective advice, along with details about other local and national foods,
wines and other celebrations that the visitor may participate in may also add interest.
Food and wine celebrations are noted along with their dates and
places, or with e directions on how to get that information before you leave
home. The dates of many celebrations change annually as French celebrations, like
Carnival, while not religious today, are still tied to dates in the Christian calendar.
information on a particular cheese, wine or region famous for its cuisine will include
the wine roads, cheese routes, cider trails, traditional baguette baking
competitions, sardine fetes, new wine tastings, and more. France is a country that truly appreciates its
foods and wines. Join in or just watch and or taste the offerings at the fêtes for oysters,
hand-made cheese competitions, sausage fairs, fruit fêtes, garlic fetes,
international pastry competitions and more.France’s food and wine celebrations are open to all and visitors are as welcome
as the local citizenry. Celebrating France's cuisine may be as enjoyable and rewarding
as visits to France’s superb museums and Chateaux, and when taken together they
all become magnificent.
Behind the French Menu
Copyright 2010, 2012, 2013 For more information on the book behind this blog contact Bryan Newman at email@example.com