France is known its wide variety of wines and cheeses, and for its cuisine based on fresh ingredients bought at the farmers’ market. It’s also known for multi-course dinners, which are as much about socializing and conversation as they are about the extraordinary food served!
French cuisine can be very sophisticated, with a thousand-year history of complex dishes for royalty and nobility. It can also be very fresh and simple – that is what French families cook in their daily lives.
Each one of France’s 26 regions has its own cuisine, wines and cheeses. Brittany is known for crêpes served with cider. Alsace is known for its choucroute. Coastal regions incorporate seafood into their dishes. The Loire Valley and other regions of central France are known for a variety of patés. Burgundy is known for its escargots. Marseille has its famous bouillabaisse.