Café complet is the classic French breakfast. It's simple, quick and elegant, and has the distinction of being eaten both by the literary and cinematic James Bond.
It's a trivial point to consider, but is the bread that Bond has in Macon in Goldfinger a baguette?
During the summer, I went on an epic road-trip and retraced James Bond's route in pursuit of Goldfinger from Le Touquet on the north coast of France to Geneva in Switzerland, as described in Ian Fleming's 1959 novel.
During their drive through France to Switzerland in the novel of Goldfinger, both James Bond and Auric Goldfinger stop overnight at Orléans. Goldfinger stays at the Arcades, a luxury hotel overlooking the Loire, but if Goldfinger had not stayed at there, Bond supposes that it would have been the Moderne.
In the novel of Goldfinger, James Bond and Jill Masterton enjoy a trip from Miami to New York. For sustenance, they have Champagne and caviar sandwiches. In the film adaptation, dinner is again provided, but this time it's a little more balanced.
Deciding on dinner following his marathon drive through France and into Switzerland in pursuit of Goldfinger, James Bond opts for choucroute at the Bavaria brasserie.
The James Bond novels don’t just offer fine dining; there's snacking too, and doughnuts are such an example.
During his pursuit of Goldfinger through France, James Bond consults 'his Michelin' on several occasions, using it to plan his route and look up places to eat and stay. It's highly likely that Bond has with him the Michelin Guide, the famous red book that has long been the bible for motorists and gastronomes visiting the country.