Oh Gene.....you hit the nail on the head.
French cuisine, simply put is food prepared as simply and honestly as possible.
Nothing more then that.
I believe this may be the problem in a nutshell.
Americans don't understand food from other countries. They only know what restaurants cook and call international cuisine.
Most countries food that we see in restaurants is peasant food that has been elevated to a higher status.
The comment about Italian, and Mexican...