French Recipes

There are thousands of French Recipes in classic French Cuisine that are all of utmost regional significance.

These recipes range from classic desserts to innovative meals and surprising snacks and are all rooted in a long history of cooking and baking.

What Is French Cuisine?

Beyond a number of famous French staples, French Cuisine is a collection of a myriad of local recipes.

While there are several well-known French recipes, such as the classic Croissant, our best crepe recipe, the Madeleine, the Ratatouille, the Onion Soup, French Green Beans, or the French Almond Cake, the vast majority of French Recipes are less known.

In fact, French recipes are extremely regionalized and anchored in local history.

History Of French Recipes

The French people has always had a particular relationship with food and gastronomy in particular.

France is known for having:

  • Between 1,000 and 1,600 varieties of cheese, most of them protected by regional labels (source).
  • More than 2,900 different wines.
  • Hundreds of different types of bread from the Baguette to the Pain de Campagne
  • Tens of Thousands of recipes

All these variations are rooted in the history of each village and region and were built over centuries.

The Baeckehoffe, a traditional dish from Alsace originates from the Middle Ages when women doing their laundry on Mondays were putting their leftovers in a large pot and handing it over to the baker to cook in their oven while they were cleaning the garments.

The Marseillaise Bouillabaisse is even older and can be traced to the Greeks who built the city almost 3,000 years ago and loved making a stew with the fish they could catch there.

Castelnaudary has its Cassoulet, a slow-cooked dish with meat and white beans which was first made during the Hundred Years’ War when the city was under English siege and had to make do with whatever beans and meat they had left.

French cuisine is clearly mostly famous for its desserts. These French dessert recipes are my take on the classics.