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Comfort food started getting a bad rap right around the time people began to shun carbs. It's a shame, really, because once in a while a soul needs a big helping of comfort food. For some people, “comfort food” is defined as simple casserole dishes with the main ingredients being cheese, fat, more cheese, and maybe chopped hotdogs mixed in for good measure. How about thinking about comfort food in a whole new light?
French food is really just code for “comfort food”. Think about it: French bread with a pat of homemade garlic butter, a steaming bowl of French onion soup, a beautifully cut steak, and an array of cream-filled French desserts. If that doesn't scream “comfort food”, nothing does.
French cooking used to be a daily event in some lives. It took time and energy to cook a meal, but everyone appreciated it. French cooking not only nourished the body; it nourished the soul. If you believe what the media tells you, food is a bad thing. Everything seems to be about justifying every morsel you put in your mouth. Sure it's good to eat a healthy, balanced diet. In fact, by doing your own French culinary cooking, you control the ingredients and end up eating a far healthier meal as a result.
So the next time you're feeling down in the dumps, crack open the French cookbooks and whip up a delicious meal. Uncork a bottle of wine, invite a friend over, and enjoy that comfort food. Who knows, the process of French cooking may lift your spirits before you even lift a fork to your mouth.