France is renowned for fashion and romance. Can the country hold its own on the culinary front? Of course the French are a proud lot and perhaps an outsider needs to look into their gastronomy industry to come up with an unbiased assessment of their abilities in the kitchen. Fortunately, I am not French and have done just that with the following top-rated French dishes.

Top 5 French dishes you should sample
Top 5 French dishes you should sample

France is renowned for fashion and romance. Can the country hold its own on the culinary front? Of course the French are a proud lot and perhaps an outsider needs to look into their gastronomy industry to come up with an unbiased assessment of their abilities in the kitchen. Fortunately, I am not French and have done just that with the following top-rated French dishes.

1. Crepes

This is a French version of pancake that can be topped with anything. I guess this is where the French creativity comes in. You will get fresh, ripe strawberries or ham and cheese as toppings. If you love the veggies, they can be added too.

2. Baguettes

In France, bread is part of the daily meal. In fact, if there is no bread on a particular meal, it is never considered a full meal. That is why the French version of bread - the baguette - is one of the top rated French delicacies. Note that the French will take offense if you call the baguette bread - it is so much delicious that it cannot be considered bread.

3. Escargot
The nausea is already creeping at the back of my throat for just writing this, but the snail is a French delicacy. I wouldn't be caught sampling it, but don't write it off on my account. I hear it is very tasty.

4. Bouillabaisse

Now this is something I can relate to. Bouillabaisse is a fish stew that you can add anything that you feel like eating along with the stew. Most people prefer to have the fish separate so that they can use the stew on the baguette.

5. Foie gras

To complete the top five most popular French dishes is the Foie gras, a dish made with duck or goose liver. If you have never sampled this meal (it is available in most American restaurants), hold off sampling it until you get to France. No chefs prepare the dish better than the Paris chefs.

It would be a great disservice to the French gastronomy sector if I do not mention the number one breakfast bread called the croissant. Other popular delicacies from France include; Cafe Au lait, pain au chocolat, gaufres, frommage and many more.

After my research of the French cuisine, I have come to the conclusion that I love their fashion better, but I wouldn't say that their gastronomy sector is that far behind that of Italy. In fact, on some aspects - especially in bread-making - I think the French do a better job.

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