French Food Decoder 12+

Ultimate translator and guide


Designed for iPad

    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings
    • $5.99



The perfect companion for any English speaker visiting or living in France, the FRENCH FOOD DECODER is the most comprehensive app of its kind. Several years in the making, it includes over 1,260 articles covering the gamut of one of the world’s greatest cuisines.

With its superb ‘search’ engine the app provides instant translations of French food names, terms, and cooking techniques into English. Even if you’ve had years of French, it will help you read those excruciatingly complex menus, shop for food or try out a French recipe at home. If you’ve never studied French, it will save your bacon.

But the FRENCH FOOD DECODER is far more than a mere dictionary. In-depth articles feature anecdotes and background information that put France’s culinary culture at your fingertips. The app is organised by French regions as well as headings (Pastries, Fish and Seafood, Charcuterie, Sauces etc) so you know what to look for (and what to avoid!) as you travel around France. A useful map that works offline locates the home of hundreds of local specialities.

* Discover the different kinds of restaurants in France and how to order, plus a special section on food allergies, intolerances and vegetarians and vegans.

* Special entries cover French cuts of beef, pork, chicken and duck, along with useful wine words, fish words and cheese terms

* Learn about the Five Mother Sauces and their children, the names of everything in the kitchen, edible wild mushrooms, all about Cognac and French cheese terms — and which cheese is the smelliest (clue: its nickname is the ‘devil’s suppository’)!


Dana Facaros has lived in France for over 30 years, raised two children there and co-authored with her husband Michael Pauls dozens of Cadogan, Footprint, DK and Bradt guides, most recently the Bradt Guides to the Dordogne and Lot, and to Gascony and the Pyrenees. She has also contributed to numerous UK publications, including Wanderlust, the Sunday Times, Which? and National Geographic Traveller.

What’s New

Version 1.4

Minor content update, new entries: eierküeche, Ravioles du Dauphiné, Knepples

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

May-ran ,

All Questions Answered

This app by Dana Facaros will enhance your French experience either in France or dreaming of being there. Maneuvering from one section to another is simple since the connections between the regions and the cheese, for example, are already established. Now I need to revisit France because the French Food Decoder will be such an asset in grocery stores, markets, restaurants, and travel in the different regions. The very informative narrative is spiced with tidbits not necessarily known to most readers, such as the story of Félix Kir. All my questions are answered about the plethora of cheeses and yogurts, fish and meats, breads and drinks. Now all I need is my favorite baguette de campagne and an apéro.

Bucky Edgett ,

Another Must-Have

I’ve had the Facaros Italian Decoder for a long time, and love it. Here’s another! As noted, it’s an incredible encyclopedia of knowledge. You can use it on the fly to look up a menu item, and use the map to alert you to menu and shopping items you shouldn’t miss while you’re there. And, use it to plan your gastrnomic travels in advance.

Or, spend a winter’s evening dreaming of France, and its amazing, quirky, time-tested food ways.

Get this app. You’ll be happy!

App Privacy

The developer, Agorite, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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