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These French Recipes Are Almost Better Than A Trip To France

It's the centuries of fine cuisine that makes their culinary culture so rich; that, and all the butter.
10/04/2012 08:55am ET | Updated April 13, 2015

There are many reasons to love French food. There are the amazing pastries, the rich sauces, and the salads loaded with bacon. And of course, all the bread. It's the centuries of fine cuisine that make their culinary culture so rich; that, and their unapologetic use of butter and heavy cream.

The French are definitely not scared of butter OR heavy cream. And if you're going to tackle French recipes -- which you should -- you can't be either. Get ready to channel your inner Julia Child because to enjoy this cuisine you have to be prepared to enter their world of rich food with abandon. It's the secret to their culinary success. And it will be yours, too.

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Salade Lyonnaise
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2
Pâté En Croûte
Manger
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3
Gratin Dauphinois
Beloved Green
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4
Pan-Fried Foie Gras
Manger
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5
Onion Soup
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6
Garlic Soup
Manger
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7
Coq Au Vin
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8
Liver Pâté
Simply Recipes
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9
Quick Cassoulet
Dinner with Julie
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10
Beef Bourguignon
The View From The Great Island
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11
Bouillabaisse With Red Pepper Rouille
What's For Lunch Honey?
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12
Dijon Chicken
Simply Recipes
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13
Escargots à la Bordelaise
Manger
14
Croque Monsieur
Verses from My Kitchen
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15
Salad Nicoise
Wild Greens And Sardines
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16
Tartiflette
Ferdakost
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17
Steak Au Poivre
Cookin' Canuck
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18
Braised Rabbit With Prunes
Simply Recipes
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19
Quiche Lorraine
Simply Recipes
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20
Simple Skillet Ratatouille
The Fitchen
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21
Gougères
Manger
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22
Blanquette De Veau (Veal Stew)
Manger
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23
Nutella Banana Crepes
Sweet and Savory Tooth
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24
Creme Brulee
30 Pounds of Apples
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25
Profiteroles
A Cozy Kitchen
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26
Apple Tarte Tatin
Dramatic Pancake
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27
Cherry Clafoutis
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28
Floating Island
Cafe Johnsonia
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29
Dark Chocolate Mousse With Raspberry Puree
White On Rice Couple
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