I recently had a question from Wendy, asking if I cook more French dishes or American dishes. I admit, I hadn’t ever really thought about it. What do I consider American ? What do I consider French ? Even if I have spent half my life in each country, my adult life has been in France, so my culinary influence is definitely rooted here.
So here are some culinary differences that I would consider to be different between the 2 countries, knowing I have not lived in the States for over 20 years, so my view might be flawed.
Veggies at every meal, fruit often. Protein + a veggie is my typical meal, often with a bit of rice, pasta or potato, for both lunch and dinner. I didn’t know so many different vegetables existed before moving here. Fruit is a big part of the meal, but at the end as a dessert. I sometimes have my fruit with my meal but French people often look at me like I am odd.
Protein. The French are big on meat and fish, and we have a protein with
almost every meal.
My husband would have a meltdown if we didn’t have meat or fish at each meal.
Sandwiches are the exception. I know many people bring a sandwich for lunch in the US, but in France, a sandwich is for a picnic or if you are rushed …but since most people take 30 to 45 minutes for lunch, you have the time to eat a meal. Whenever I suggest to my husband that we have a sandwich on the weekend, he freaks out. “A sandwich is not a meal”. My last sandwich was when I was in Italy over a month ago :
Casseroles don’t exist. I don’t know why, but I don’t even think there is a French word for casserole.
Big breakfasts do not exist either. However, this is the one meal where there is definitely American influence. I often eat protein pancakes, muffins or eggs. While muffins are more common, you can only find pancakes in an American restaurant.
Sauces ! Many of the dishes have sauces, especially in a restaurant, and this is something I never do at home. Sauces are just not my thing.
What do you consider typically American ? typically French ?