The recipes above are the most traditional French dishes - notes follow if you have never heard of them!
Main Course :
cassoulet recipe - great sausage duck and beans dish from Toulouse
boeuf bourguignon recipe - rich beef in red wine stew
coq au vin recipe - !!!
navarin recipe - traditional French lamb stew
choucroute garnie recipe - sauerkraut and sausages from Alsace
Cherry Cake recipe- very quick and easy
Apple tart - tarte aux pommes - recipe - very traditional
Ile flottante recipe - as served by every low-price restaurant in France
Creme brulee recipe - as served by every single restaurant in France
Mousse au chocolat recipe - yum
Sabayon - light and fluffy custard
French Specialities :
Moules Frites - mussels and chips
Confit de Canard - preserved duck (don't misss this one!)
Truffle Omelette - south west france speciality
Quiche Lorraine - known by all eaten by real men?
Piperade - tomatoes, peppers and...scrambled eggs
Other French Food Specialities
Cheese - roquefort (recipe - cauliflower and roquefort soup)...brie de meaux (recipe - cheese and onion tart)...
French mustard - dijon...
The recipes here are those that best represent the food that French people eat day in and day out, with locally available ingredients, and are quick and easy to make at home, as well as being very tasty. Food is of great importance to the French, and forms a great part of the French tradition. See French food for general information about regional variations or French cuisine for a basic introduction.
You can also read about a traditional communal French meal - the menu for our local commune dinner: vermicelli soup, melon with port, venison...
I have not always bothered too much with quantities in the French recipes, since these depend on how many people there are and so on, and because the quantities are reasonably unimportant. If your cassoulet has more pork and less toulouse sausage, that is not a big problem! For critical recipes I have included quantities.
You will also see that I have included some of the more derided recipes, such as coq au vin and quiche lorraine. It's not my fault if 1000 pubs and restaurants have ruined them, try making them yourself!