There is nothing that much addictive thin, crispy and so delicious french fries all of the world. Probably the most loved snack food of the World history. You can eat with smearing in ketchup, mayonnaise or any other sauces or dips want to consume.
There are a lot of stories of the origin of fries but there is a one certain fact that is we are calling the fries exactly “french fries”. So i guess the winner of the battle of “which culture invent the fries” is obviously clear. Lets find out which culture add more contribution of the legend’s growth.
Considerable number of historians claim that what we appreciate today as French fries may not be a French creation but a Belgian one. According to them; “ It was in Belgium where potatoes were being fried in the late-1600's. Belgian villagers uses to slice their fish really thin, fry them and eat them as a snack. But in winter months when the river would freeze, it would get difficult for the villagers to fish. What started out as an alternative paved the way for the creation of our beloved French fries. The villagers near river Muese turned to the tuber and sliced and fried it pretty much the same way as they would fry their fish, and thus the earliest version of French Fries were born.”
Then during the First World War, when the Americans change the history of the world, soldiers of the USA fell in love with the fries. Since the dominant language of southern Belgium is French, they dubbed them as "French" fries and the name stayed.
There are a lot of historians who claim that French fries are absolutely French. First sold by street vendors on Paris's Pont Neuf in the 1780s, this is one of the most sold items before the outbreak of French revolution. Potatoes were a means of livelihood for citizens who didn't have the privileges enjoyed by the clergy or nobility. Potatoes were promoted as a common man's food in France by Antoine Augustin Parmentier, but he did not mention anything about French fries in particular.
According to the manuscript by President Thomas Jefferson written in early 19th century, he talks about “Pommes de terre frites en petites tranches" means in English "Potatoes deep-fried while raw, in small slices". Historians claim that the recipe came from French chef, Honoré Julien. And by 1850's, the recipe became one of the mainstays in the popular American cookbooks as “French Fried Potatoes”.
It is said, President Thomas Jefferson had "potatoes served in the French manner" at a White House dinner in 1802. Historians claim that the expression "French fried potatoes" first occurred in print in English in the 1856 work Cookery for Maids of All Work by E. Warren.
French fries are a common snack food with burgers, fried chicken, grilled steak and fried fish. In Belgium, people often team their fries with cooked mussels or with a fried egg on top. Fish 'n' chips is one of Englishman's favorite style of having them. In the Middle-East, French fries find its place in the pita bread with other fillings to make a wholesome snack. Poutine is a famous dish hailing from Canada and America consisting of french fries and cheese curds, topped with lip-smacking brown gravy.