The Basics of French Cooking

A physician in Oklahoma City, OK, William D. Jones, MD, has been in private practice since 1994. Before settling in OK, he lived in France, where he learned to cook. William D. Jones, MD, has loved French cooking ever since.

With a highly well-regarded culinary tradition, France has led global cooking trends and defined fine cuisine for centuries. Although it has a reputation for elegance, French cooking generally focuses on doing simple things well.

Newcomers to French cooking must begin to master basic prep skills, such as julienning, and cooking techniques ranging from sauteing and flambeing to poaching and braising. In terms of ingredients, the essentials for French cooking are easy to find at nearly any grocery store. Olive oil, Dijon mustard, heavy cream, shallots, and fleur de sel are staples every French cook should keep on hand. In addition, French cheeses are key components of many meals, and many French meals pair excellently with wine and bread.


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