What is cuisine? Cuisine (French Word) – kitchen cuisine is a specific set of cooking traditional and practices often associated with specific culture. Now cuisine means (Style of Cooking).French Cuisine: French Cuisine is a style of cooking derived from the nation France French cuisine is considered to be one of the world’s most refined & elegant style of cooking, and is renewed fro such its classical(“Hante Cuisine ) And provincial style.Religion and Location of France :Location: Metropolitan France (Dark green on the European continent in the European union.
Capital : ParisOfficial Language : French, Alsatian, Basque, Breton, etc.Government : Semi-presidential Republic.President : Nicolas SarkozyFrench Revolution : 1958Area : 674843 km2Population : 68073482Currency : Euro, CFP, Frank
France is Broadband (clockwise) By: France has 22 regions. 22 regions are subdivided into 96 Departments. 96 department is divided into 330 asrondissements. 330 asrondissements into 3883 cantons . 3883 cantons are divided into 36,569 communes.
OrigiOn Of french cuisineGuillanume tirel : The era of the French revolution however saw a move towards fever spices and more liberal usage of herbs and refined techniques, beginning with Francos Pierre la Varenne and further developing with Napoleon Bonaparte and other dignitaries, Marie-Antoine crème. French cuisine was codified in the 20th century by Georges Augusta Escoffier to become the modern version of haute cuisine. Escoffier’s major work, however left out much of the religion character to be found in the prorrinces of France. Gastro – tourism and the guide Michelin helped to bring people to the countryside during the 20 century and beyond to sample this rich bougeois and pea cuisine of France.
Gascon cuisine has also a great influence over the cuisine in the southwestof France.Ingredients and dishes vary by region. There are many significant regionaldishes that have become both nation & regional.Many dishes that were once regional have proliferated in variation acrossthe country.Cheese and wines are a major part of the cuisine playing different rolesregionally & nationally with their many variation & application doriginecontrolee law. (AOC)
Historical Background : at the and of the Merovingian periods the convents which of the preservedall the tradition of the gourmands used in France. It is the beginning of culinaryarts.“Volet le Duc” in the course of this studies said that the kitchen used werelarge and pot roasting was vary common.In the 12th century ovens were installed fro preparing roasts.From the 14th century Sauces were launch appreciated part of culinary art.Menus was varied which was inclusive of game. Fish fowl, butchers meat etc.vegetable were featured less.At the end of the 16th century, Italian Coops and Pasty cook were employed.
In the 17th & 18th century royalty and high ranking people took great interest infood and cooks in gratitude named dishes after them.At the end of the 19th century, French cuisine reached the highest point ofperfection chefs like, “ Escoffier” and proper sells published books on coopery.French cooking is less complicated garnish served are more complicated it has adelicate flavor as spices are used spryly and they create a suspicion in coups mind ifthat are incorporated in the dish.Every ingredients speaks its own language . Wines are used fro cooking enhancethe taste gives a unusual flavor.Garnishes and accompaniments are play a key role in the French cuisine anddishes are identified by the them.
The wines fro cooking from the Boredoms, champagne & Brittany.Ingredients play a very imp. Role as it has climatic variations in the South ofFrance, the Mediterranean an heats adds flavor and richness to fruitsvegetables and herbs.In the Northern region, finest fish is available. In certain regionmashrooms and hard cheese are popular.
HistoryUntil about two decades ago, French cuisine had two clear cut branches i.e. LaGrande Cuisine (or) Haute Cuisine and Provencal.Then with the changing tastes came Nouvelle Cuisine and Cuisine Minceur.LA GRANDE CUISINEGreeks provides the philosophy of Epicureanism.The Romans first made dining a Grandiose & Lavish affair and then with theRenaissance, gave it a touch of subtlety and elegance which is what theyexported to France.The first man to attempt to establishing cooking as an exact science was aFrenchman, Tailleuant whose real name was Guillaume Pirel.
Chef to Philip VI, Charles V & Charles VI among other kings and nobleman,Tailleuant is created with having written the French cookery book , LaVuiandier.France invasions of Italy during the renaissance left such as inedible impressionon successive French kings that they bought back a considerable “touch” of Italywith them.In 1533, the 14 year old Catherine de Me4dici was betrothed to the future kingHenry II Her ‘Dowry’ include a routine of Italian cooks who first introducedsauces & Desserts in France.In 1547, when Henry become king of France. His wife (Queen) put a stop togourncondensing of food and a new era of etiquettes & Manners began.Further culinary strides were made when the sun king Louis XIV, sat on athrone of France.It was a age of lylutony & no one was a grater glutton then Louis himself.
Paracloxically, Lauic was a Gourmand & Gourment.His cookes were rewarded with the title of officer.It was during a sign that La Vermeil Practiced his art to this chef Goss the creditfor discarding heavy spices & introducing truffles & mushrooms with meatdelicacies.La Varenne wrote Le Cuisiner Francois, the most important cookery book at thattime.The French Cuisine blossomed in the palace & chateaux of France during theregion of Louis XIV was guillotined. French cuisine went into decline.Subsequently it was revived in the days of Masters Chefs Marine-antion Crème(1784-1835) & Augusta Escoffier (1846-1935).Most of the French restaurants are the globe still serves the creation of thesehigh priests of La Grande Cuisine.
Many fine dedicacys were failed to find the place in font of Houte Cuisme’srepertoire.The basis of La grande Cuisine is its sauces.Acc/to Augusta Escoffier. The heart of French Cuisine is its essential sauce and thecuisine is based on the six month sauces.What distinguish Haute Cuisine, every dish has to reproduce Exactly. There is noroom for experimentation.Eg. A hot entrie must be served as exactaly at right tempreaturelly.A cold dish must be served luke warm Haute cuisine is like a Ritual. One that can’tbe attered nor can tampred with.Each dish has prepared skiffully becouse it required many years of training.The reason: the cuisine’s culture so defined than that of the other cuisine in theworld.
It is impossibly to prepare Haute cuisine delicious without stocks, sauces &garmishesh.An aprentice in a french cuisine has to go through the grind of making stock,sauces & leants of artistically cut of vegatable.When these aprintice become full flegged chef, the do not need deatiled recepies.Most cooking books dismiss the recepies in 4-5 lines with crisp instruction like.Serve grilled tournedos with hallandaise Sauce, or to prepare cold chicken Coatwith Chaud Froid and Aspic and garnish with block alives. the chef is expected to know what the tournedos cut is, how to makehollandaise, chand froid and aspic as well as how to prepare the block alivesgarnish.In fiaute cuisine , it is not enouigh to prepare dish well. The service is asimportant as the prepration . This genre of cooking demandes a silver service.
Provencale : Provencale cooking many not have the same following outside of francebut within the country, dish for dish it is just popular as haute cuisine.Very often misconstrued as a rural food consumed by country bumpkins.The most important diffence between the Haute cuisine provencal Cuisine isits sauces.The provencal cuisine the dishesh are prepared in their own juice & naturaljuice.One of the finest example of the provencal cooking is the classic cog Cua vinAll the ingredients are put in the casserole and cooked in the oven garnish andserved.There can be no two openion that the sauce thus prepared is better than allthe fabricated sauces.
other important difference is that provencale cooking is done with thehome grown ingredients.Eg. All the NICOISE Cooking is dominated by tomatoes 7 Garlic .The Reason :the two are grown in abundance in the Nice region.In pre-revolution france there were 30 proviences, each with distinctiveculture dialect history and above all else cuisine. For culinary considrationthe country can be divided into I major provinances.
BRETAGNE AND NORMANDIEThese two prorinces from the north coast of France. Breton Coast is famed for the Belon & OyestessNormandy’s Coastline Dotted with innumerable tiny fishing ports, it is thehome of sole coat and herring.On shore Normandy is one of the most boasts of lush meadows and orchards.The meadows prorrides excellent graging and the cattle here produce richestmilk products.The salt marshes along the coast are ideal fro lamb farming and the region isproud fro its meat.Both provinances are famous for orchards of apple & therefore produceexcellent cider & Calvadoes.
CHANPAGNE- ARTOIS FLANDRE PICARDIE champagne is better known for its bubby, the worlds most famous sparkingwine, then for its cuisine. Its culinary repertoise is limited.Perhaps sparkling wine is very expensive and do not used in routine cookingbut to make the classic chilled dessert caupe Jacques there is no subsitute for it.Most of prorrince is covered with vineyard and forests there is little meatavailable except game like wild bear.Chicken & river fishesh are in plenty.
ALSACE AND LORRAINCEThe two provinces boast the most fertile soil in France. these are famous for fruit orchids and have given a worlfd the most exoticliqueurs.Eg. MirabelleKrischFromboise. Along with bordeaux & burgndy the two are leading produced of frenchwine.More important area is famous for geese ‘farming’Geese are the most important mgredients of worlds most expensivedelically.
Pate de foie gras.Since both the provinces have often been under German suzerainty. SoGerman influence is urident in their cooking. Particularly in Alsace, wheresauasage & sauerkraut & perennial favorites.Alsace other prize product is white cheese including very popular munster.LORRAINE’S food has more french charecterstics. Its reowned delicacyQuinche Lorraine – an egg, cheese & bacon tart.Two provinces are famous for fruit tarts, cherry plums & apple .
INGREDIENTSINTRODUCTIONFrench housewives preparing a meal for her family each has her own impeccablyhigh standard of preparation . to understand the French attitude to food, it is essential toto start with the beginning with a raw ingredients because for the French cook theseare as important as cooking.To shop in france is a joy in itselgf displays of regional cheese in fromageries.Brilliantly coloured fruits & vegetables.Frenchcook still prefer to go to local markets , charcuterie poissonerie etc.BACONBacon rasher are not used in France.Bacon is used to give flavour to many caeeeroles, stews & pates.
French smoked belly of park used in preference to bacon, an experienceitems of france.BOUQUET GARNIIt’s a handy way to give a flavour of herbs to casseroles, stews & soups etc.A traditional bouquet garni (a bunch of herbs) is made of spriog of thyme,parsleys’ one or two bay leaves tied together with string.CHEESEMany cheese from france exported to various countries Brie & camembert aretwo unique cheeswe of france which has no othjer subsitutes.The Franch peoples love towards cheese has exceeded in such a way, thanany other country in the world.Chjeese is always served at every French meal, after the main course.French bread is broken & eaten with cheese.It is eaten with the wine & a few grapes as accompaniments.
Children of France usually prefer soft white cheese topped with the fruits & sugar.E.g.-Brie comembert. Cantal , Comte, Fromage Au Raisin, Munster, Roquefort etc.CREAMFrench cream (crime Fraiche)Cream is used both is sweet & savoury dishes.Cream is used for thickening, enriching sauces, particularly if they are to servedwith meat, poultry & fish.GARLICIT is used allover the France ( Especially in south coast, Mediterranean coast andtowards the Spanish & Italian borders).FISH AND SEA FOODFrance’s streams, rivers, shorelines are abundantly rich to satisfy the Frenchman’sunique table habbnits.The bite-sized fish include the Goujons, whitebait & sardines.
French water fishes are cod, carp, eel, Halibut, mullet, pike, sole, sturgeon &trout.The list of crustocean is impressive Oyster, pink shrimps, mussles & scallops.POULTRYFrance perenial receipes are poule-au-pot & coq-au-vim. Birds demands in french cooking are : duck , goose guinera fowl, pigeons, squable& furkey .MEAT lamb veal & pork are popular in France and generally prefer young lamb in theircourse of menu.Without lamb traditional eastern feast is imcomplete without it.
VEGETABLES FRANCE GROW EXOTIC VEGATABLE (Asparagus artichokesmushrooms) garden variety. Vegetables (Auberginess, beans peas, carrots,zucchini, narrow, cabbage, squash, cucumber, radish )Potatoes are in a abundance so, therefore potatoes are served a separatedcourse.