ProConnect

How My French Husband & I Resolved Our Culinary Clash

By

How My French Husband & I Resolved Our Culinary Clash [EXPERT]
Bon appétit!
Despite our cultural differences, we made our marriage work ... and so can you.

My American, can-do, independent attitude was offended by what I interpreted as an imposition and what she considered a generous offer of help. I would have to learn what triggered me and why. In much the same way, Nancy wanted just a bit of her home, I was also searching ways to preserve my identity which was inevitably going to be transformed by living in France. With finesse and diplomacy, my fiancé stood up for us both.

Holidays provided an opportunity to embrace our different heritages and invite our friends and family to share in our buffet of food and styles. Christmas was done formally with foie gras, oysters and goose. I prepared a home-style Thanksgiving every year on a Saturday for all of our French friends. I got used to placing people at the table for formal meals with three long-stemmed glasses for each guest and he learned to accept that Americans congregate in the kitchen or around the barbecue and drink beer from the bottle on the Fourth of July.

Knowing that culinary and cultural differences are as abundant as Julia Child's recipes in her famous Mastering the Art of French Cooking, your gratitude, acceptance and curiosity will go a long way in successfully concocting your own personal recipe for keeping culinary differences fresh and spicy instead of letting them become a source of tension in your relationship.

Other values, such as our deep desire to have our sons be completely bilingual, bicultural and open to the richness of culture also contributed to our peaceful joyous celebration of cultural differences. As I said before, creating a hospitable and friendly setting around a loving table leads to thoughtfully cultivating communication.

Bon appétit!

Share this with someone you love (or even like a lot)!

Let's make it
FB official
Recent Expert Posts
Cocktail Lady

Pick The Right Guy Why Hot Guys Don't Last

How to tell the difference between Mr. Right and Mr. Last Night. Find out when you're getting warm.

Gay Dating

7 Things I've Learned About Men As a Matchmaker

You'll be surprised to see which myths about men have been busted!

Spa Retreat

The Pursuit of Peace

Peace is a journey not a destination. It represents a gift you give yourself.

Ask The Experts

Have a dating or relationship question?
Visit Ask YourTango and let our experts and community answer.

Resources
How to find the right pro for you
10 Reasons Mental Health Pros Should Join YourTango Experts

10 Reasons Mental Health Pros Should Join YourTango Experts

YourTango Experts can help your business go from good to great.

10 Steps To Improve Your Coaching Business

Take your coaching business from mediocre to great in no time…

Frequently Asked Questions About YourTango Experts

Thinking of joining? Here's all the facts you need to know to make the most of your membership.

Getting Your Guy To Join You In A Therapy Or Coaching Session

So how can your get your strong, self-reliant, superman to talk to an Expert with you?

Therapist/Counselors: Who We Are & What We Do

What exactly does a therapist/counselor do and can they really help?

See more resources>
HOT STUFF!
FROM OUR PARTNERS