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Bistro Cooking [Paperback]

Patricia Wells
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25 Mar 1999
A collection of 200 recipes to celebrate both the classics of the French table and newer earthy dishes from bistros all over France. The recipes are not only from bistro owners, but also from housewives, farmers, wine-makers, bread-bakers and many others who contribute to the bistro way of life.

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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle Cathie; New edition edition (25 Mar 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856263193
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856265119
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 17.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 552,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patricia Wells, a former reporter for The New York Times and a critic for the International Herald Tribune, was the first female and foreign restaurant critic for French weekly, L'Express. She lives in Paris and Provence, alternating her cooking courses from each place. Her other books published by Kyle Cathie include Patricia Wells: At Home in Provence, Trattoria, The Paris Cookbook and Bistro Cooking. www.patriciawells.com

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In this warm look into the world of French bistro food, eminent food writer Patricia Wells reveals her love for this simple, robust cuisine in a collection of recipes garnered from France's best bistros. From "Warm Potato Salad with Herbed Vinaigrette" to "Lamb Stew in White Wine" to "Pear Clafoutis", Wells admits her preference for hearty, homey bistro dishes. Through clearly written recipes, Wells encourages cooks to buy the best ingredients and turn them into fragrant, warming dishes. Each recipe has a headnote telling where it came from and alluding to its flavour. Pithy quotes throughout the book relate to bistro style--in cooking, serving and eating--and historical quotations give a cultural connotation. Wine choices reach deep into the heart of France, from a crisp white from Provence such as a Chateau Simone with lamb, to a good Cotes du Rhone (Cru du Coudelet) with guinea hen. From the introduction to the last dessert recipe (for "Prunes in Red Wine"), Ms. Wells and Bistro Cooking is sure to please not just the novice in the kitchen, but the experienced cook as well. The recipes have been carefully selected to appeal to the reader and cook who want to set wonderful food on the table with a minimum of fuss. --Susan Loomis


French food we want to eat... simple, homely and pure-flavoured. -- Waitrose Food Illustrated, August 2005

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unknown gem 16 Nov 2010
This was the first book I ever bought on cooking 16 years ago. I'm still a chef and still love this book the recipes always work and true the layout is hard to follow sometimes, but the little comments about the history of the dishes and who the bistro belongs too just make the book more endearing in my opinion. I cannot believe more people do not own this wonderfull cookery book. All of her other books do not compare to this one they always were going to struggle to compare to this unknown masterpiece. The recipes are atractive and always work and the chicken dishes really put all of the other meat books out in the cold. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really excellent! 17 July 2009
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Having tried to cook from some of the more traditional French cookery books over the years this book is really refreshing. Some lovely recipes which are not hard to do and a logical progression of the recipes with an engaging chatty style.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yum.. I love this book 20 Jan 2014
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This is one of my treasured cookery books.

Not only do I use it for the recipes, but as a frequent visitor to provence, I adore reading the introductions to each recipe. I imagine myself visiting the many markets and purchasing the ingredients required, then strolling back to the kitchen to prepare the meals for my family. Heavenly...

The book is more than a collection of recipes. Patricia Wells has a way that takes you along with her on her journey through France visiting the many bistros and markets.

The recipes are fantastic and the helpful hints and tips `truc' makes it a joyous read.

Buy it now...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant French cookery book 14 July 2003
This book is quite hard to find, but well worth hunting down - one of the best French cookery books around. Clear reciopies for delicious dishes, Bistro cooking works well as home cooking.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read and great recipes 3 July 2000
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A true taste of France right here in the Jungles of Borneo! Whenever I'm fed up of jungle fern and dried fish "blachan", I reach for this masterpiece to give me inspiration! The dishes are wonderfully easy to prepare and the Chocolate cake is the most divine ever created. For those who painstakingly tried to make the River Cafe's Chocolate Nemesis, look no further then this book-the recipe works EVERY time!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value 20 Dec 2013
I was delighted to get hold of this book, which I had been looking for since spotting it in a holiday cottage in France. It was an ex library copy, in good condition. Excellent price and speedy service
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