French Dictionary

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By Charles Vintcent
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This dictionary of food has been written for all those English-speaking visitors to France who choose to cook for themselves. It is not a book of recipes, nor does it describe any dishes or courses that you will be offered in a restaurant or cafe. Many people rent a house, villa or apartment, or stay in a mobile home, caravan or tent, when having a holiday or touring through France, and they enjoy the pleasures of self-catering in a country where so much good food is so plentiful. Most visitors will use recipes written in English, and many will be bewildered by the variety of different names of the meat, fish and vegetables in the supermarkets, shops and market stalls. French cuts of meat are often dissimilar to those we are used to buying in the UK, and very often the shop assistants or stall holders do not speak English. Anyone who makes an obvious effort to ask for their purchases in the national language will receive much more help from the local people than otherwise. In some cases, there is more than one name for the same thing, because they are called different names in different regions. For example, the fish that we call 'sea bass' in English is known as 'loup de mer' along the coast of France that borders the Mediterranean, and 'barr' along the Atlantic coast. Cheeses and wines have been kept to a minimum because there are so many of each available throughout that lovely country that this small guide would become far too big and cumbersome to carry round the shops with you, which would defeat the object of having a small, portable reference aid to food shopping. Also, there are many reference books on those two items that describe the cheeses and wines in great detail, region by region.
AuthorCharles Vintcent BindingPaperback
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