Restaurants - French Cuisine
Restaurants - French Cuisine
Find French restaurants and places to eat that serve French cuisine in Ulster County, New York. If you are dining out in Ulster County NY, check this list of French restaurants. Read The word is reviews about a French restaurant's food, decor, service, and features.
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About French Cuisine
Modern French cuisine is characterized by its diversity. French cuisine is considered to be one of the world's most refined and elegant styles of cooking, and is renowned for both its classical "haute cuisine" and provincial styles. Many of the world's greatest chefs include Eugénie Brazier (first woman chef to receive six Michelin stars), Alain Ducasse, Paul Bocuse and Julia Child (famous for teaching America all about the art of French cuisine). French cooking techniques have been a major influence on virtually all Western cuisines. Most culinary schools use French cuisine as the basis for all other forms of Western cooking.
Origins of French Cuisine
Regions of France
The French, a nation of gourmets, know that the best food is made from local ingredients. Therefore, coastal regions (such as Brittany and Normandy, on the northwest coast of France) will favor sea fish, using it creatively and more often than areas further inland. Likewise, areas where fruit or herbs grow easily, will incorporate these into their local cuisine. Each region, in addition to boasting local specialities, also has a general style of cooking and choice of ingredients.
Regional Styles of French Cuisine
- Cuisine from southwest France uses duck fat, foie gras, porcini mushrooms, and gizzards.
- Cuisine from southeast France uses olive oil, herbs, and tomatoes, influenced by Spanish and Italian.
- Cuisine from northern France uses potatoes, pork, endives and beer, influenced by Flemish cuisine.
- Cuisine from northeast France uses lard, sausage, beer, sauerkraut, influenced by Flemish cuisine.
In addition to French Regional styles of cooking, there are many local cuisines. Unique and wonderful flavor abounds in the food of the Loire Valley, Basque cuisine, Roussillon and Catalan cuisine, and other local areas in France.
What is often known outside of France as French cuisine is the traditionally elaborate haute cuisine, served in restaurants at high prices. Haute cuisine is mostly influenced by the regional cuisines of Lyon and northern France. Average French people do not eat or prepare this cuisine in their everyday life.
As a general rule, elderly people tend to eat the regional cuisine of the region where they are located, while younger people often eat dishes from other regions including foreign dishes. Exotic cuisines, particularly Chinese cuisine and Vietnamese cuisine and some dishes from former colonies in Northern Africa have made inroads into France.
Typical Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Lunch and Dinner Lunch is usually eaten between noon and 2:00 p.m. Dinner is usually served after 7:30 p.m. However there are large variations depending on the local regional cultures. Dinner is usually between 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Alsace region while it is usually served after 8:30 p.m. in southern France. A typical dinner starts with an appetizer (crudités or salad), the main course is usually fish or meat served with vegetables, pasta, rice, or fries. The main course is followed by salad, cheese, fruit or a sweet such as cake. Espresso is often served after the noon meal.
Drinks and Wine
Poulet frites-chicken with fries.
Croque-monsieur (grilled Swiss cheese and ham sandwich).
Although the following dishes are considered typical of French cuisine in some foreign countries, they are rarely eaten in France:
Choux a la creme
Baba au rhum
French Restaurant Cuisine
Cuisine bourgeoise includes all the classic French dishes that have become popular over the whole of France, especially among the affluent classes. These dishes focus mainly on rich, cream-based sauces and involve some complex cooking techniques that are generally associated with French cuisine. This category makes use of haute cuisine, a very complex approach to food preparation and kitchen management. This type of cooking is often served abroad as "French cuisine" and is viewed by many (outside of France) as typical French cuisine. The French may eat "Cuisine Bourgeoise" for special occasions, while everyday meals are much simpler in preparation.
Cuisine du Terroir
It is common in much of France to take a two hour break for lunch, with many working parents (particularly in villages and smaller towns) returning home for lunch. In some areas, mainly in the south of France, even longer lunch breaks are taken. Due to the long lunch break, businesses often close from noon to 2:00 p.m. and then stay open until 7:00 p.m.