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 makes their culinary culture so rich; that, and all the butter and heavy cream they use.

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. You have to be prepared to enter their world of rich food without abandon. It's the secret to their culinary success. And it will be yours too.

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