After a couple of years of procrastinating, I have finally done it! The Flexitarian is now available in French at www.leflexitarien.fr.
Being French, this is a project that I have been considering for a while. I have contemplated adding a French section to The Flexitarian but this proved complicated, so I have decided to run two independent blogs. This completes our network of ethical sites, which also includes our eco-boutique By Nature.
As with any new project, there have been false starts and technical malfunctions even before the blog went live. I have felt like giving up on it many times, but then with a renewed energy in 2019, we finally got there.
France is not the first country you think of for vegetarian and vegan cuisines. Yet according to research one-third of the French population are looking to eat less meat and embracing a flexitarian diet. So in many ways the trend is very similar to the UK.
Whenever I have been visiting my parents over the last couple of years, I have noticed more and more enthusiasm for plant-based food. Compared to the United Kingdom though, France still has a long way to go. Here we are spoiled with fantastic product launches and a host of restaurants offering vegan and vegetarian options. There is plenty of room for improvement across the Channel. And this is why I am so excited about launching Le Flexitarien.
Six years after starting this blog, I am still convinced that the future is plant-based and that, if we are to thrive as a species, we have to change the way we eat, live and consume.
For now, Le Flexitarien has only a few recipes from this site but I will be adding many more. Adapting the recipes can sometimes be more complicated than a simple translation. Even though France and the UK are quite close geographically, differences in ingredient availability and taste preferences can create challenges.