Bistronomy by Jane Sigal is a trip to Paris to enjoy the city’s bistros without buying a plane ticket.
Paris chefs have started an about-face on the typical stuffiness that is sometimes associated with Parisian cuisine. They are now creating meal experiences that are geared more toward fun and less toward formality. Jane Sigal, a highly regarded authority on French cuisine, spent a year researching this beautiful book – bursting with vibrant photos and tempting recipes.
Bistronomy is the perfect balance of casual yet upscale dishes. Gazpacho with Chorizo & Pineapple, Winter Squash Soup with Cocoa Cream (recipe below) and Parmesan Soup with Peas in the first chapter alone call out to me…honestly every soup recipe sounds and looks delicious and perfect for the chilly season that is upon us.
Pan-seared Gnocchi Salad with Burrata and Tomatoes, Crisp Chicken with Potato Salad and Anchovy Vinaigrette, Grand Marnier Souffles with Salted Caramel, Brown-Sugar-Walnut Cake with Poached Quince and Almond-Coconut Orange Cake are a few of the dozens and dozens of recipes that are tabbed to try. Did you notice I included three desserts and I’m truly not a dessert person!
While some of the recipes have lengthy ingredient lists, they do not seem like they will be difficult to procure and the recipes for the most part seem fairly simple — some make take some time — but for people who love to cook – you want a book that will stretch your culinary muscles and create new and exciting dishes.
Rizzoli provided me with a copy of this beautiful book to review and also a copy of this book for one lucky reader (US addresses only). Please leave a comment here telling me about your favorite French dish. A random winner will be chosen on November 20th. Please feel free to share this post with other cookbook lovers. Good luck! Special thanks to Rizzoli for always producing incredibly beautiful books and allowing me to share the Winter Squash Soup recipe with you.
Random Number Generator picked #16 – Sue Westall. Congratulations!