French Food Questions

If you are looking for information on French food and dining, but can't seem to find the answer to your question, you've come to the right place.

You can ask me any sort of question on French culture or food and I'll try to answer you back, right here on Easy French Food. I won't always know the answer straight off, but I'm pretty good at researching the subject. Also the fact that I am living here in France and speak fluent French can make it a lot easier for me to find out some information.

So go ahead, don't be shy. Ask your French Food question today and receive a timely response. Today's question may lead to tomorrow's great food experience!

(Hey kids, sorry I do not answer homework questions. And I am very quick to recognize them!)

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  • What do French people eat for breakfast?
  • What are some basic rules of French table etiquette?
  • Can I make French bread at home?
  • Who are some of the famous French chefs of today?
  • How do the French celebrate Christmas?

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