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Best bistro-style cookbooks?

Westy Dec 10, 2007 05:52 AM

Hello -

Wondering what the best bistro-style cookbooks are out there. I have Gordon Hamersley's bistro style at home, Patricia Wells' book.

Seems like a topic that might have a lot of very good examples.


  1. Ora Dec 10, 2007 09:01 AM

    I've read through this book at the store and I most are bistro recipes that are VERY easy and do-able at home. I plan to try some of these recipes soon.

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    1. re: Ora
      heathermb Dec 10, 2007 10:40 AM

      I have that one as well and just last weekend made the Beef Bourguignon which turned out fantastically.

    2. JoanN Dec 10, 2007 07:54 AM

      Those are the two I have as well. I've marked a bunch of Hammersley's recipes, but never made anything from it. Have you used it much? Do you have any favorites to recommend?

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      1. re: JoanN
        Westy Dec 10, 2007 08:42 AM

        Try his roast chicken. It is a signature dish in his restaurant, and it really does come out very similar at home.
        His gratins are really very good as well. He has one creamy and one not so creamy. Both are outstanding.

        1. re: JoanN
          LulusMom Dec 10, 2007 11:17 AM

          Two big hits from the Hammersley recipes that have been big hits in my house are the rabbit braised in red wine with bacon, pearl onions, and chanterelles and the oven baked penne with onions, walnuts and goat cheese.

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          Big Bunny Dec 10, 2007 07:30 AM

          "Paris Bistro Cooking" by Linda Dannenberg is well worth having. It is a bit expensive, but the recipes are elegant and "do-able."

          "Simple French Cooking: Recipes from Our Mothers' Kitchens" by Georges Blanc and Coco Jobard is apparently out of print. It is not so easy to use, but full of insights into the relationship between "bistro-stye" and "home cooking."


          1. heathermb Dec 10, 2007 06:14 AM

            I LOVED reading the Bouchon Cookbook (Thomas Keller) but haven't cooked out of it yet. It is a really gorgeous coffee table-size book, which does make it a little unwieldy for the kitchen...

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            1. re: heathermb
              Ora Dec 10, 2007 06:53 AM

              I have Bouchon as well. I love reading it, I just haven't gotten around to cooking from it directly. Though, I use Keller's cooking tips all the time.

            2. MMRuth Dec 10, 2007 05:57 AM

              More brasserie than bistro, but I've had great successes with the Balthazar cookbook.


              It's one of the few restaurant cookbooks I have where the recipes are quite straightforward.

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              1. re: MMRuth
                menuinprogress Dec 10, 2007 08:15 AM

                I second Balthazar. It is a fantastic cookbook.

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