10/04/2012 08:55 am ET | Updated Apr 13, 2015

These French Recipes Are Almost Better Than A Trip To France

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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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