IT WAS DURING MY LAST VISIT TO PARIS when something hit me. It was when I realized that eating healthy meals in Peris is easier than I imagined, and that everything I have eaten tastes amazingly good and flavorful without being overly filling. So, what is it that makes eating healthy and flavorful food in Paris so easy? I attribute the first reason to something very French: there are no convenience stores or mega-grocery stores selling food wrapped up in plastic. Secondly, each food-related store has one purpose: baking bread and pastries, or butchering meats, or squeezing fresh juice from oranges or whatever it is offered, the small-shop owner is an expert that excels at what he does and what he offers.
• Paris Cuisine vs U.S. Cuisine •
The greatest difference I have seen between Paris Cuisine and any cuisine in the United States is the great respect that Parisians show for food. To continue my search of why the food in Paris is so good, I jumped on the Metro and headed for the world-famous Rue Cler Market. Along the way, there was one short sight-seeing stop at the Arc de Triomphe and a walk down the Champs Èlysèes.
During the continuation of my Paris tour. I ended up in yet another example: the Rue Cler Market, and again, I could verify why eating healthy food is so much easier here.
• Paris Market •
Their fish market is clean, fresh, no flies, and no fishy smell. The 'Fromagerie' specializes in cheese, they sell nothing but cheese, and they are experts. All these businesses are family owned, and take great pride in what they have been doing for generations.
There are no large quantities of food displayed in this market. There is fresh, in season, and fragrant food to cook great meals with. All the markets in Paris show great deference for ingredients which combined with simple cooking techniques yields heavenly delicious meals loaded with nutrients.
• Paris Simplicity •
Why is their cuisine so flavorful and healthy? Is it because they cook elaborated recipes? No, it is because Parisiennes have simple cooking.