Emily in Paris: The new Netflix comedy covers all the French stereotypes
Let me know what clichés you think are true about French cuisine
I've watched the new American romantic drama series, Emily in Paris, on Netflix. It's been getting some very mixed reviews, mostly about how it's completely and utterly terrible, but also that you'll end up binge-watching the whole thing in 48 hours flat.
How can I describe my feelings about the French cuisine and the very unrealistic lifestyle represented in that comedy? I don't really know. But what I can do is look at the stereotypes versus reality when it comes to the representation of French cuisine in the show.
There are so many clichés in Emily in Paris, almost too many to list. And with the culinary stereotypes... it might be things you've already heard, or things you've always believed to be true.
French people don't always drink wine at lunch (©Netflix)
I don't want to spoil the potential love story between Emily and Gabriel, her handsome French neighbour... Without really describing the plot, he works in a restaurant as a chef, which is not surprising. And you know we've had one of the best examples of the French cooking stereotypes from Disney, in Ratatouille.
Exit the smart and talented rat, Remy, say hello to Gabriel, top chef in a typical Parisian brasserie. I don't need to tell you Paris is known for its culinary traditions. Some of the best French chefs are settled there and contribute to the international spread of traditional specialities such as beef bourguignon, snails, and many other meals, which originally come from other French regions such as the Auvergne or Burgundy.
The French capital is also known for its delicious and tasty croissants, as Emily shows us on a fictional Instagram post, as well as the romantic bars and cafés with a perfect view of the Seine river. It's not a completely false representation... just a very romanticised one.
Ladurée, a French traditional bakery, is known all over the world for their macarons and other pastries. The bakery has probably the best croissants in Paris, only if you're ready to pay a pretty penny to taste them. Otherwise, you can go to a local bakery, and buy your (also delicious) croissant for a reasonable price. Don't forget the secret ingredient of the recipe is the butter. More butter makes for a delicious croissant, not its price.