In a country where the cuisine is part of their national patrimony and mealtime is a national treasure, that leisurely hot meal in the middle of the day was crucial to the well being of an entire country.
The longer I live in Europe, the more I am aware that whereas Americans view food and cooking as a lifestyle choice, food and cooking in Europe is just a way of life.
I know that the French macaron is as controversial and divisive as the cupcake; people either love them or hate them, are fascinated by them or scoff at their inexplicable popularity.
The French are raising their children in the fast-paced, hectic world of the Twentieth Century and, like the rest of us, rely much too often on fast food and convenience food.
2010-10-12-bread.jpg What we think of as homely comfort food, goodies thrown together in just a few minutes so the kids will have something sweet for their lunchboxes, are exotic, special treats to the French.