Berets and cool stripy sweaters aside, food is the cornerstone of French culture, and French food is widely considered to be the best in the world. Why? Because it’s delicious, made to a high standard, and with fresh, seasonal ingredients... or at least, it was.
These days, even the folks at Michelin are giving Japan the accolades, and the diet of the average Parisian is beginning to closely resemble that of the average American eater -- and not the organic Whole Foods super-vegans, either. The fat kind. So why is this, what's to be done about it, and more importantly, where can you still get the good stuff?