Paris Cafe Cookbook: French Recipes from 50 Best Cafes

Paris Cafe Cookbook - French Recipes from 50 Best Cafes takes you on a journey through the cafes or Paris and shares their top recipes with you.


Format: Hardcover with dust jacket, 178 pages

Copyright: 1998, First Edition

Publisher: William Morrow and Company, Inc.

Author: Daniel Young

ISBN: 9780688153304

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Description: You are sure to cultivate an insatiable appetite for Paris while reading about the City of Light's fifty best cafes, but that doesn't mean it has to go unfulfilled. Inside the Paris Cafe Cookbook, bistro-style recipes selected from their menus and then carefully adapted for the American home kitchen will keep you in contact with the incomparable flavors of Paris without having to cross the Atlantic. 

Whether devoured in one sitting or savored bite by bite, The Paris Cafe Cookbook will lead you on a journey through the twenty arrondissements of Paris to that one perfect cafe you would want to adopt as your Parisian home-away-from-home. You'll stop many times along the way for lunch, dinner, or merely a cafe" crime at such legendary Left Bank literary haunts as Aux Deux Magots, Cafe de Flore, Brasserie Balzar, and Le Select, as well as the new bohemian Right Bank hubs like Cafe Charbon, Cafe de l'lndustrie, and Cafe Cannibale. 

You'll encounter Cafe Very, a glorious pavilion in the Tuileries Gardens serving sophisticated fast food, one day and Petrissans, a distinguished wine bistro of classic foods and timeless elegance, the next. 

The recipes encompass both classic and contemporary French cuisine. And since cafes specialize in dishes that can be cooked quickly (omelettes and croque monsieur --  ham-and-cheese sandwiches), in advance (pot-au-feit and roast leg of lamb), or not at all (salmon tartare and composed salads), these recipes tend to be both straightforward and doable. Here is classic French food at its most practical. You'll also find uncomplicated recipes for such cutting-edge foods as acras de monie (salt cod fritters), battered in the Middle Eastern dough kadaifi, and Tunisian bricks (filo-like pastry sheets) with a variety of non-traditional fillings. 

The cafes and recipes featured in The Paris Cafe Cookbook have been chosen by author Daniel Young, a spellbound New York restaurant critic desperate to know which of his cafe infatuations had the stuff of true love. The cafe counterculture vividly portrayed in his offbeat and cinematic essays has been enhanced by the provocatively moody photographs of Sophie Elmosnino and the lovely, whimsical illustrations of Camille Joste. 

Becoming familiar with these recipes and rendezvous should lead you to a full appreciation of the fundamental pleasures unique to the cafes of Paris during this fin-de-siecle. You might even acquire the sophistication of the ragged-looking young man Young spied at the Right Bank cafe Chez Gladines. 


Condition: Good condition. 

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