Recently, a friend had an interesting take on French Fries. There is no such thing called French fries. How many shops have you seen in Paris offering French Fries? This is not even part of their cuisine. The fries are originally from Belgium. It was popularized as French fries by the Americans. As you know, the Americans are bad in geography and didn't even know there was a country named Belgium. Also a part of the Belgium used French as the medium of communication. So, they assumed it was France and named it French fries.
I was not able to substantiate the claims on this subject. If you look up on wikipedia, the frites or fries was incorporated into French cuisine by the time the term was coined. But the take is amusing for two reasons - stereotype and fact. The stereotype is regarding Americans. What is the popular belief about them? They do not know about the world stage. So they can easily get things mixed up. The fact is about the two parts of Belgium. In one part, they speak French and the other part Dutch. There is more history and struggles associated with Belgium that I can provide in a few sentences.
But what do you think? Do you find the take amusing? Or is it true?Tags: Musings,French Fries,Belgium,Americans