French cuisine has a reputation for costly ingredients and time-consuming technique. Yet many favorite dishes have peasant-food origins, making use of cheap cuts of meat, abundant vegetable and herb gardens, and long cooking times to develop flavor. Bastille Day on July 14 is the perfect excuse to prepare a classic French menu, but these 15 French recipes can be attempted any time of year. They feature humble and inexpensive ingredients and range from simple to more complex.
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