Recently, UNESCO accepted the “French gastronomic meal” as a “world intangible treasure” because it is something special, deserving of recognition. The decision created controversy for several reasons. A French meal varies as widely as the people of France do. As today’s saying, à chacun son goût (ah shakuhn sohn goo), expresses, each person has her own taste and a personal vision of a fine meal. The image of a multi-generational family gathering around a Sunday dinner table enjoying a multi-course dinner prepared by grand-mère is more myth than reality in the twenty-first century. Still, the French do place an enormous importance on food, valuing quality ingredients over portion size. While it is taboo to talk about money, talking about a fabulous meal and planning the next gourmet splurge is a quotidien event. Bon appétit!