Food is very important to the French culture. When they are not eating, they enjoy talking about food, which is delicious and prepared with great care. French enjoy a wide variety of cheeses, as well as local specialties like foie gras (liver paté), escargots de Bourgogne (snails), crêpes, and cassoulet. French pastries and cheeses are also famous around the world.
In French culture, there are three main meals: breakfast is the smallest meal of the day and consists of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate with toast, butter, marmalade, and sometimes cereal. A very light meal, the goûter is very often available after school for children. It’s made of bread, butter, chocolate and juice. Dinner is the most important meal. The whole family eats and socializes together, between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Lunch and dinner are warm meals and consist of three or four dishes served one after another: first course (soup or salad), main course (meat or fish and vegetables), cheese and/or dessert.
The French observe certain table manners such as not helping yourself before having been invited to do so, not leaving the table before the end of the meal, and helping to clear the table and wash the dishes.