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Modern Bistro: Home Cooking Inspired by French Classics

Modern Bistro: Home Cooking Inspired by French Classics

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>From the publisher<

Why eat out? Bring home the bistro and make your table the delicious place everyone wants to linger, with more than 150 classic and modern dishes to share.

Bistro cooking is intimate and inviting, rustic yet casually elegant. America's Test Kitchen brings you recipes that will comfort and impress, from simple Chicken Provençal with Saffron, Orange, and Basil; French Onion Burgers; and Leeks Vinaigrette to splendid Gnocchi à la Parisienne and Chocolate Brioche Buns.

Foolproof techniques and plentiful photos help you master even the most finicky foods:

  • Turn out tender French omelets folded around hearty fillings
  • Cold-sear steak for a great crust while your stove stays spatter-free
  • Roast duck to golden, succulent perfection using our two-step method
  • Make perfectly smooth chocolate pots de crème easily, on the stovetop instead of the traditional oven

  • Put it all together with panache:
  • Classy Brunch: From no-fail Eggs Benedict to custardy Brioche French Toast
  • Perfect Appetizers: crispy, airy Gougères, velvety Chicken Liver Pâté, and tempting Gruyère, Mustard, and Caraway Cheese Coins to nibble with wine
  • Charcuterie boards, oyster bars, French cheese, and more
  • A sweet finish: The ultimate profiteroles, refined tarts, and a buttery rich Gâteau Breton

  • From Chef Scott

    Many home cooks are familiar with America's Test Kitchen. Recipes are rigorously tested to ensure flawless results every time. Fascinating "Why This Works" accompany many of the recipes to explain why the recipe works the way it does. Gorgeous photos photos and clear instructions make sure you know what you're getting into right from the very start.

    And now - they have a cookbook dedicated solely to French cooking! I mean, come on! What's not to love?

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    From Chef Scott

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    "Modern Bistro: Home Cooking Inspired by French Classics" is a captivating and beautifully crafted cookbook that artfully blends the rustic charm of traditional French bistro fare with a contemporary flair. This book is a treasure for anyone who appreciates the timeless appeal of French cuisine but is also looking for a modern twist in their home cooking. It strikes a perfect balance between the nostalgic comfort of classic dishes and innovative culinary techniques, making it a delightful addition to any cook's collection.

    The essence of "Modern Bistro" lies in its approachable and inventive take on French cooking. The recipes are thoughtfully curated to reflect the cozy and relaxed atmosphere of a French bistro, while also incorporating fresh ideas and ingredients that speak to today's diverse palates and preferences. This contemporary interpretation ensures that each dish, while rooted in tradition, feels new and exciting.

    One of the most impressive aspects of the book is the range of recipes it offers. From hearty entrées like Boeuf Bourguignon and Coq au Vin to lighter salads and appetizers, and not forgetting the decadent desserts, the book covers the spectrum of bistro cooking. Each recipe is meticulously developed, offering clear instructions and tips to ensure successful results, even for those who are new to French cuisine.

    The author’s writing style is engaging and informative, making the book a joy to read. The narratives accompanying the recipes provide context and insights into the rich culinary traditions of France, adding depth to the cooking experience. These stories and descriptions transport readers to the quaint streets and vibrant kitchens of French bistros.

    "Modern Bistro" is also a visual treat, featuring stunning photography that beautifully showcases the elegance and simplicity of each dish. The photographs not only serve as a practical guide for presentation but also capture the ambiance of a modern bistro, inviting readers to recreate that same warmth and charm in their own dining settings.

    Moreover, the book includes valuable sections on essential techniques, ingredient sourcing, and wine pairings, making it a comprehensive guide for anyone interested in mastering the art of French bistro cooking. The practical advice and suggestions provided are invaluable, helping readers to navigate the nuances of French cuisine with confidence and ease.

    Whether you're a seasoned cook or a culinary enthusiast, this book offers a delightful journey through the flavors and aromas of France, all tailored for the contemporary home kitchen. It’s a perfect blend of tradition and innovation, sure to inspire and satisfy any lover of good food and good company.