Calling All Foodies: It's Mealtime!

Did you know that the French spend roughly two hours a day at the table? What does "breaking bread" with someone mean? If you understand a bit of French, you could download our booklet, "A Table! Tous Gastronomes!", which roughly means: "Calling All Foodies: It's Mealtime!" It will help you find out more about the gastronomic meal of the French. You'll find stories, games, recipes and lots of other delicious things inspired by great food. Including some pictures to colour in - no French required!

Typically French

In France, the day revolves around three main meals eaten at the table: breakfast, lunch and dinner (plus a teatime snack for the little ones). In this way, French people spend around two hours a day at the table.

They cook, they sample, they chat as a family or between friends. Each of the main meals is composed of a starter, a main dish and a dessert. And as for many of us, eating in France is not just a need. It’s also a pleasure!

Did you know?

Every country has its own mealtime traditions. In Morocco, you’re only supposed to touch food with your right hand. In Ethiopia, you eat with your hands from a big shared plate. And in most of Asia,  people eat with chopsticks!


A Good Idea

Growing vegetables doesn’t require a big garden. You can install some window boxes in which you can grow aromatic herbs, cherry tomatoes or radishes, for example. If you have a garden, or even just a terrace, you can build a flower box with planks, fill it with soil, and grow vegetables according to the season. Don’t forget to water it regularly and pull up the weeds.

Did you know?

You can do your shopping at the market, at your local store – or directly at the farm! Some growers even invite their customers to pick their own fruit or vegetables. Cool!


Mayday Earth!

Some fruit and veg take a boat or a plane before they arrive at your store or on your plate. That causes a lot of pollution. Before you buy anything, check where it comes from, and if possible choose something grown locally. It’s better for your health – and the planet’s!


All Together

Whether it’s between family or friends, a meal is a time for sharing, conversation and discussion. You talk about your holidays, how your day went, or give an opinion. You crack jokes, you laugh. In olden times, to “break bread” with someone meant to make peace with them – in other words, to make friends! To share a meal is still a sign of companionship.


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