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Old 10-05-2010, 09:43 AM   #1
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North Americans and French cooking

Hello everyone !

I am a French student, and within the framework of a school course, I am doing a research project about "North Americans and French cooking".

I would like to know :

1) According to you, what is the most typical French food product ?

2) If a French grocery was to open in your town, what would you like to find in there ?

3) What's your nationality ?

I really thank you in advance for your answers, it would help me a lot
Any other comments about your vision of French food is also welcome !


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Old 10-05-2010, 10:57 AM   #2
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1.Croque Monseur as a dish and cheese as a single item.Just guessing.



I assume it is about the same as California fresh anymore but with more offal avaialable and more butter involved.Again just guessing.

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Old 10-05-2010, 11:21 AM   #3
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1. cheese

2. tinned seville oranges

3. 10th generation American
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Old 10-05-2010, 11:25 AM   #4
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Quality French foods including cheeses, dried/cured meats

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Old 10-05-2010, 12:33 PM   #5
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1. Do you mean dish, or a product you would buy at a marche? And then, from which region? Most representative dish might be Boeuf Bourguignon, or it might be Choucroute, or it might be Bouillabaisse, or it might be Cassoulet. Depends upon where in France, non?
2. Tinned Escargots, French butter (other than President), Dubernet foie gras and other products, French confitures, and other very hard to find French products.

3. I'm a "mutt." (Mom's side - 14th generation American; Dad's side - 2nd generation from the Warsaw ghetto).

I've been teaching French cooking and traveling in France for the past 25 years, so maybe my answers are not too representative.
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Old 10-05-2010, 11:04 PM   #6
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i apologize in advance for my answers. but i can't help myself...

1. fries

2, the french army (or i could have gone with carla sarkozy)

3. 'merican

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Old 10-05-2010, 11:16 PM   #7
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Wine and cheese

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Old 10-06-2010, 01:40 AM   #8
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eh, i oft refuse 2 bolster another's homework, though i'm being generous tonite, so here~

-we could find most foods here, already, so...... -& i'm American; & genetically, many nationalities, there, from German 2 Native American
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Old 10-06-2010, 06:33 AM   #9
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1. Individual items: breads, cheeses, wines, sauces. Dishes: steak au poivre, with fries in a typical brasserie; sandwiches (baguette, meat, cheese) on the street; and in the restaurant, probably moules-frites, a meat course (roasted), cheese/salad, and light fruit dessert.

2. Hard to answer because I've spent a lot of time in France and have grocery shopped quite a bit, so I know what to expect. French version of most American products with some changes: chips with different flavors (like paprika), easy-to-find creme fraiche (and a choice of those), different canned vegetables, a butcher and a cheese monger in the store, french beverages (not just wine, but different flavors of soda pop), prepared french hors d'oeuvres that we'd have to prepare ourselves in the US, jarred sauces that we don't know of in the US, tinned fish that you can't get here easily, UHT milk and creams... I guess that's enough for now.

3. My maternal grandparents are French (from the boat, one from northern France, the other from southern France... in fact there is a Paris subway stop that is the same name as my mother's family) and on my father's side, several generations American from English roots... so French and English (and yes, the two sides never got along )
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1 & 2 identical, rich variety of cheeses, wine, and wonderful authentic bakery products--croissants, cakes and pastries (but if I see anything intriguing and new I would love to try!)

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