FOOD & DRINK
07/22/2014 07:00 am ET Updated Jul 23, 2014

17 Food Reasons The French Are Better At Life

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The French get a lot of flak for, well, being French. They're teased for acting pretentious, and they're accused of displaying feelings of superiority. We're not going to take sides on the matter, but we will say this: When it comes to their food, the French have good reason to get high and mighty. At one time, not that long ago, French food is what all other cuisines aspired to be. (And for us, it's pretty much what we want to be eating all the time.)

Between their rich buttery sauces and the artistry they've brought to pastry, it's easy to understand why French food has long been the envy of the world. But it's not just the food they make that's so special, it's the way they think about their cuisine. In our food-forward minds, this means that the French are winning at life. Here are the 17 reasons why -- though we're sure we could have come up with 100.

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