Who invented french fries? Fries!: An Illustrated Guide to the World's Favorite Food ($17) uncovers the history of french fries and how they became a global phenomenon. As you travel to various corners of the world this Summer (or are an enthusiast of different languages), refer to this chart, which breaks down how to say "french fries" in 38 different countries. As for the pronunciation? Well, you may have to search for that!