10 French Food Words We’ve Been Pronouncing All Wrong
While the list could probably go on and on, here are 10 common French foods that we all too often pronounce wrong. The next time you tuck into your favorite bistro, you’ll be ready to order like a pro.
1. Bouillabaisse = BOOL-yuh-BAYZ
From the Provence region in France, this fish stew is made with a saffron-tomato broth and always served with crusty bread.
2. Coq au vin = kohk oh VAHN
Cook chicken with a whole bottle of red wine and plenty of aromatics, and you’ve got French comfort food at its finest.
Get the Recipe: Weeknight Coq au Vin
3. Macaron = mack-uh-RON
Not to be pronounced like the coconut cookies, macaroons, these meringue sandwich cookies have taken the world by storm — and we’re so happy about it.
Get the Recipe: Raspberry-Coconut French Macarons
4. Foie gras = FWAH-GRAH
Made of fattened duck or goose liver, there’s no denying it’s a delicacy.
5. Niçoise = nee-SWAHZ
Filled with tuna, tomatoes, olives, boiled eggs, and more, this is one satisfying salad.
Get the Recipe: How To Make Nicoise Salad
6. Boeuf bourguignon = boof boor-gheen-YOHN
Made popular by Julia Child, this slow-cooked beef stew is hearty and satisfying.
Get the Recipe: Slow-Cooker Boeuf Bourguignon
7. Crêpe = crehp
Enjoyed either sweet or savory, everyone loves crêpes.
Get the Recipe: How To Make Delicate, Lacey Crêpes
8. Croissant = CWA-sohn
A buttery, flakey croissant is a thing of beauty, whether it’s slathered with jam, stuffed with chocolate, or enjoyed plain and simple.
Get the Recipe: How To Make Croissants
9. Haricot vert = ah-ree-koh VEHR
These French green beans are longer and thinner than most American varieties, and cook up to be more tender.
10. Rillettes = ree-YEHTS
A rustic pâté of finely chopped meat that’s cooked in fat and shredded into a paste-like consistency; it’s best served slathered on bread.