Bistro Cooking: 21st Birthday Edition Paperback – Special Edition, 23 Sep 2010
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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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
'Patricia Well's 'Bistro Cooking' has not left my kitchen since it came out' --Nigel Slater, The Observer<br /><br />'Patricia Wells' wonderful naturalness, openness, and honesty are in perfect harmony with the simple, delicious fare that she celebrates in 'Bistro Cooking'...her enthusiasm and joy are reflected on every page of this fine book, and happily we are all beneficiaries.' --Jacques Pépin
'Patricia Wells' wonderful naturalness, openness, and honesty are in perfect harmony with the simple, delicious fare that she celebrates in 'Bistro Cooking'...her enthusiasm and joy are reflected on every page of this fine book, and happily we are all beneficiaries.' --Jacques Pépin
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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.
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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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Fantastic book, already have a copy but bought one as a giftPublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
Christmas present for Francophile, on recommendation of another friend.Published 22 months ago by Yarnthyme
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. Read morePublished on 20 Dec. 2013 by Ms C Rastan
Bought to replace an old copy. Needed to have it back in my collection. Some favourite recipes. Only downside...no picturesPublished on 20 May 2012 by Mrs D