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The gastronomic meal of the French


Language: English
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The gastronomic meal of the French is a customary social practice for celebrating important moments in the lives of individuals and groups, such as births, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, achievements and reunions. It is a festive meal bringing people together for an occasion to enjoy the art of good eating and drinking. The gastronomic meal emphasizes togetherness, the pleasure of taste, and the balance between human beings and the products of nature. Important elements include the careful selection of dishes from a constantly growing repertoire of recipes; the purchase of good, preferably local products whose flavours go well together; the pairing of food with wine; the setting of a beautiful table; and specific actions during consumption, such as smelling and tasting items at the table. The gastronomic meal should respect a fixed structure, commencing with an apéritif (drinks before the meal) and ending with liqueurs, containing in between at least four successive courses, namely a starter, fish and/or meat with vegetables, cheese and dessert. Individuals called gastronomes who possess deep knowledge of the tradition and preserve its memory watch over the living practice of the rites, thus contributing to their oral and/or written transmission, in particular to younger generations. The gastronomic meal draws circles of family and friends closer together and, more generally, strengthens social ties.


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Place/region: France, Europe
Series: 2010 Inscriptions on the Representative List
Type: Documentary
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Director: J.Csergo, E.Roux, O.Chamussy
Publisher: Mission Francaise du Patrimoine et des Cultures Alimentaires (MFPCA)
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Rights: MFPCA
 

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Original: DVD
Location: EV only
UMVS reference: AVFONDS-CLTITH-2010-0043700022
Source ref.: DOC:0043700022 - CAND:00437
Rights holder: UNESCO ; MFPCA