Spend a lot of time in France and am almost a vegetarian, do eat fish, so no Boeuf Bourguignon, Coq au vin or Mousse de Foies de Volaille for me, even though they all taste just wonderful apparently.

However so does the selection of vegetarian food to be found virtually everywhere in France these days. Well flavored, imaginative and usually made from fresh ingredients. There is often a vegetarian selection to be found in the small "truck driver's cafes" found along the secondary roads, not the first group of folk who come to mind when vegetarian food is a topic, and even any cafe attached to a supermarket will have a range of veggie dishes from which to choose.

A vegan will have more of a problem, but nowadays, unlike 20 years ago, some time in France could easily turn out to be a delicious experience for a vegetarian.

Francine A. McKenna - German Culture Editor

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