Why do we call "french fries" french fries if they are not even French?

Why do we call “french fries” french fries if they are not even French?!

Answer #1

In the 1840s, pomme frites (‘fried potatoes’) first appeared in Paris. Sadly, we don’t know the name of the ingenious chef who first sliced the potato into long slender pieces and fried them. But they were immediately popular, and were sold on the streets of Paris by push-cart vendors.

Frites spread to America where they were called French fried potatoes. You asked how they got their name–pretty obvious, I’d say: they came from France, and they were fried potatoes, so they were called “French fried potatoes.” The name was shortened to “french fries” in the 1930s.

By the way, the verb “to french” in cooking has come to mean to cut in long, slender strips, and some people insist that “french fries” come from that term. However, the French fried potato was known since the middle 1800s, while the OED cites the first use of the verb “to french” around 1895, so it appears pretty convincing that “french fried potatoes” came before the verb “frenching.” The origin of the name is thus the country of origin French and not the cooking term french.

Read more about it here: http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2033/whats-the-origin-of-french-fries

And here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_fries

Answer #2

“By the way, the verb “to french” in cooking has come to mean to cut in long, slender strips”

I thought that was julianing.. lol. I dont know.

After Sept. 11 they wanted to rename them Freedom Fries. It didnt stick.

Answer #3

why is it that if you take something by ship, it’s called cargo, but take the same thing by car, and it’s called a shipment?

Answer #4

pleasureinpain, what are you talking about and what does that have to do with my my french fries question?

Answer #5

I really dont know wasn’t there some weird thing where they wanted to rename them freedom fries or something

Answer #6

why are there locks on the doors at Waffle House if they are open 24/7, 365?

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