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La nourriture / Les aliments

Food is a necessity, and can also be a source of great pleasure. Being able to talk about French food will come in handy while shopping, dining, traveling, and entertaining friends, so check out this lesson about French food, including the basic food groups and related vocabulary. Bon appétit !

avoir faim  to be hungry
manger   to eat
le repas  meal
le petit-déjeuner  breakfast
le déjeuner  lunch
déjeuner  to have breakfast or lunch
le dîner  dinner
dîner  to have dinner
le goûter  after-school snack
goûter   to taste
le hors d’œuvre, l’entrée*   appetizer, starter
la soupe, le potage  soup
le plat principal  main course
la salade  salad
le dessert  dessert
la cuisine  kitchen, cooking
la salle à manger  dining room
le restaurant  restaurant

* In American English, “entrée” means main course, whereas in French une entrée refers to an appetizer / starter.

les fruits (m)fruit   les légumes (m)vegetables
l’abricot (m)apricot   l’ail (m)garlic
l’ananas (m)pineapple   l’artichaut (m)artichoke
la bananebanana   les asperges (f) asparagus
la cerisecherry   l’aubergine (f)eggplant
le citronlemon   la betteravebeet
le citron vertlime   la carottecarrot
la figuefig   le célericelery
la fraisestrawberry   le champignonmushroom
la framboiseraspberry   le chou-fleurcauliflower
la grenadepomegranate   le concombrecucumber
le melonmelon   la courgette zucchini
la mûreblackberry   les épinards (m) spinach
la myrtilleblueberry   le haricotbean
l’orange (m)orange   la laituelettuce
le pamplemoussegrapefruit   l’oignon (m)onion
la pastèquewatermelon   le maïscorn
la pêchepeach   les petits pois (m) peas
la poirepear   le poivronbell pepper
la pommeapple   la pomme de terrepotato
la pruneplum   le radisradish
le raisingrape   la tomatetomato
         
la viandemeat   les produits laitiers dairy products
l’agneau (m) lamb   le babeurre buttermilk
les anchois (m) anchovies   le beurre butter
le biftecksteak   la crèmecream
la dindeturkey   la crème fraîcheslightly sour thick cream
les escargots (m) snails   le fromage cheese
le jambonham   le fromage blanccream cheese
le lapinrabbit   la glaceice cream
le poissonfish   le laitmilk
le porcpork   le yaourtyogurt
le pouletchicken      
le rosbifroast beef   et cetera  
le saucissonsausage   la confiturejam
le veauveal
  le croissantcroissant
      la farineflour
le dessertdessert   les frites (f)fries (US), chips (UK)
le biscuitcookie   l’huile d’olive (f) olive oil
les bonbons (m)candy   la mayonnaisemayonnaise
le chocolatchocolate   la moutardemustard
la crème brûléecustard w/ burnt sugar   un œuf, des œufsegg, eggs
la crème caramelflan   le painbread
le fromagecheese   le pain grillétoast
les fruits (m) fruit   les pâtes (f)pasta
le gâteaucake   le poivrepepper
la glaceice cream   le rizrice
la mousse au chocolatchocolate mousse   la saucesauce, dressing, gravy
la tartepie   le selsalt
la vanillevanilla   le sucre
sugar
  In France, coffee is served after dessert, not with it.
   
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