French gastronomy

Book Display – ‘Bite-sized French History’ France, a country of gourmet food

French gastronomy

History of French gastronomy

France has a lot of excellent wine and food to match its reputation as a ‘country of gourmet’. French cuisine has been recognized for centuries as the best dish in the world.

The French are willing to give up their morning sleep and tour bakeries on Sundays to buy freshly baked croissants. Reflecting this French affection for food, there are many expressions related to food in France.

For example, when trying to express sadness, they say, “It’s like a day without bread,” or when they feel good, they say, “I have potatoes.”

The book features a feast of wine and food representing France, including Cognac, which Victor Hugo called “God’s Wine,” Champagne, French bread, baguette, King of Cheese, Brie, Camembert, Roquepor, Marial Cheese, and legendary-flavored Stu Casule.

The author appreciates local foods that have been relatively undervalued compared to Parisian cuisine, such as Lyon, Marseille, and Provence, and emphasizes that well-known French dishes such as foie gras, bouillaves, and Cocobain are actually local specialties, guiding readers to the world of gourmet.

“France and Belgium’s gastronomic culture (Cuisses de Grenouille) endangered frogs…200 million animals are imported from Europe every year

French gastronomy

French Frog Cuisine (Cuisses de Grenouille)

The British Guardian reported on the 23rd (local time) that French and Belgian food culture is putting some frog species at risk of extinction.

According to a report published by the international non-profit animal and environmental protection organization “Pro Wild Life,” some European countries, including France, Belgium, and the Netherlands, import more than 200 million frogs every year.

Cuisses de Grenouille
Cuisses de Grenouille

To make a dish called Cuisses de Grenouille.

Frogs exported to Europe account for 74% of the total from Indonesia.

Pro Wildlife warned that the number of frogs sold for food in Europe is so high that “some frog species are rapidly disappearing from the earth.”

In particular, the Guardian reported that the Turkish native “Anatolian seal frog” will not be found in the wild within 10 years, and frogs living in Indonesia and Albania are also feared to decrease in population.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has identified frogs and other amphibians as the most threatened vertebrates.

On the other hand, 27 of the EU members have set a policy to ban the capture of frogs in their own countries, but have not imposed import restrictions.

Environmental groups have called for EU countries to restrict frog imports, mark the origin of frog legs, and register extinct animal and plant species.

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