If you're looking for an excuse to party that's a bit more, shall we say, European, Bastille Day is for you. You'll have subtle but classic dishes: Français in spirit, if not in name (or in some cases, Français in name, if not in preparation). You'll have salad, but you'll have frites, too. And best of all, you'll get some extra mileage out of all those patriotic accessories you were about to pack up 'til next summer. A bit of tradition, a bit of irreverence: sounds like a French-inspired American party to us.
I'm a former Food52 Julia Child Food Writing Fellow now studying law so I can make food fairer, more delicious, and more sustainable for everyone. I was born and raised in Montreal (mostly on poutine and matzoh ball soup), but in my heart I am an Italian grandma—I live on pizza and make a mean eggplant parmesan.