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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 16 November 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 January 2014
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 July 2009
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 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
on 3 July 2000
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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on 20 December 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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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2005
this book is a classic - the recipes are superb, there are some really "wow" dishes that i use again and again... true - the writing, layout and trite little comments are horrid - but if you're a proper cook and not a browser it doesn't matter! Can't recommend it highly enough - great idea's for dinner parties and more informal gatherings.
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on 20 May 2012
Bought to replace an old copy. Needed to have it back in my collection. Some favourite recipes. Only downside...no pictures
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on 19 September 2009
As usual Patricia Wells has given us a treasure of easy to execute authentic French cooking.Bravo.
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16 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 26 July 2001
The style and presentation of this book are dreadful. Horribly cliched pictures, random menus dotted about and an obsession with Beaujolais a wine they only seem to serve to tourists .
The writing is cloying and patronisingly American . It is like hearing a loud American voice in a quiet French town It is a shame it was not translated into English.
Why buy it then?- well to give Mrs Wells credit the recipes are excellent and do indeed evoke cheap and cheerful French restaurant cooking very well indeed . I just wish she had had a better editor .
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