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Buvette: The Pleasure of Good Food [Kindle Edition]

Jody Williams , Mario Batali
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The best of French Bistro cooking--simple yet sophisticated tastes--by the owner and chef of the celebrated New York restaurant.

BUVETTE: The Pleasure of Good Food

BUVETTE will celebrate and capitalize on the trend of informal eating and simple entertaining, but with delicious flair. Jody Williams, owner of Buvette restaurant, shows the home cook how to create casual, polished meals without spending a lot of money or time. She has a certain aesthetic that is a combination of Italian and French bistro cooking in that she uses sophisticated taste combinations, but prepared in simple ways to make unforgettable dishes. A comfortable and interesting table will make your meals a pleasure and Williams offers suggestions for using varied plates (from your shelves or the flea market) and helps you think creatively about serving food, like scooping ice cream into a tea cup, or serving chocolate mousse in a silver tablespoon.

There will be recipes like Ricotta Fritters, Carrot Spoon Bread, Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Pecorino and Walnuts, Potato Chips with Rosemary Salt, Scallops with Caper Brown Butter, Ratatouille, Roasted Heirloom Apples Stuffed with Pork Sausage, Chocolate on a Spoon, and her special Tarte Tatin. There will be sections on Aperitifs and Cocktails and Coffees and Teas. Also included will be 25 sidebars that offer useful tips on everything from building a bar to removing wine stains. With gorgeous photography and surprisingly simple recipes, this will be the book cooks will turn to again and again.

Editorial Reviews


"This book is a treasure! The purity of ingredients and a charming French aesthetic are combined so beautifully that you want to taste every dish and cook them too!" ---Alice Waters, chef, author and proprietor of Chez Panisse

"Buvette, my favorite bistro in New York City, is an exquisitetreasure that should be wrapped in a Tiffany's blue box. Now comes Buvette the cookbook, a sparkling registry for the jewels of Jody Williams' kitchen. This book is bursting with recipes that will help turn a reader's kitchen into their very own gastrotheque." --Nancy Silverton, co-owner of Mozza and founder of La Brea Bakery

Jody Williams has crafted a career out of delivering big flavors in small, elegant packages." --Grub Street, 2013

The chocolate mousse and apple tart can turn the rest of the day into a dream." --Pia Catton, Wall Street Journal

"You can feel Jody William's passion and talent for great REAL cooking and food come through these beautiful pages. Her food is comforting, sophisticated and oh so delicious. From the Croque Monsieur to the Tarte Tatin--I want to eat it all!" --Suzanne Goin, author of The A.O.C. Cookbook

"If I had to describe Buvette, the cookbook, in one word, it would bePASSION - in all caps. This book is more than a set of recipes and stories,it's an invitation to live. It's a gem and a must-have on so many levels." --Carla Hall, Co-Host, ABC's The Chew

"Buvette is a valentine to Jody Williams' beloved West Village gastrotech, which has a passionate following. Jody has produced a simple book with her ingredient-centered philosophy and attention to detail. She is truly a master of the Mediterranean aesthetic." --Jim Lahey, Owner/founder, Sullivan Street Bakery

"Open this book and walk through the doors of the delicious celebration that is Buvette. Jody Williams invites you to cook by hand as she shares memories of simple yet sublime must try recipes. I am inspired to make every one of them...and I think I will!" --Sherry Yard, Chef/Owner Helms Bakery and author of Secrets of Baking

About the Author

Jody Williams trained with Thomas Keller at Rakel and Lidia Bastianich at Felidia, and she traveled and worked in some of the best kitchens in Italy and France. In New York City she has headed the kitchens at notable restaurants like Giorgione, Gusto, Keith McNally's Morandi and Gottino. She opened Buvette in 2010, which has been voted one of New York's Top 10 Restaurants by Travel & Leisure. Williams's cooking has been praised in such publications as The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Travel and Leisure, Gourmet, Glamour, The New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, and Grub Street. She has also appeared a number of times on The Martha Stewart Show and several times as a judge on the Food Network's hit show Chopped.

Product Details

  • File Size: 142139 KB
  • Print Length: 285 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1455525529
  • Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style (April 22, 2014)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,207 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A reminder of what good food is all about June 22, 2014
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Recently, a writer for a national food magazine was bewailing her penchant for “next level” restaurants: those serving the exotic; those gastronomically altering the mundane; those scraping lichen off rocks and onto the plate; and those serving parts of protein-creatures (animals and fish) that people over the centuries, when they finally could afford to, were glad to avoid. On the other side of the spectrum are the restaurants of Guy Fieri’s Diners Drive-ins and Dives, serving what seems for the most part to be belly busting meals that should come with discount coupons for the stents which the patrons may well need later in life to keep their clogged arteries open.

Enter Buvette, an almost absurdly small restaurant that serves good food in reasonable portions (what a concept) and whose existence has been coveted by those in the know in New York. Enter Buvette II, Williams’s second restaurant, fashioned to look like her first, which now has its home in Paris and is coveted in the “City of Food.”

Enter Buvette: The Pleasure of Good Food. Here is one of the few restaurant generated cookbooks that can really be at home…well…at home.

Start with the “sources” section, for example. Beyond what seems to be the Di rigor nod to D’Artagnan, the rest of the section takes up less than half of a page and indicates where Williams purchases her supplies. The implication is clear: this is where I fin my supplies; find suppliers near you; they do exist. This follows the straightforward logic of shopping local. How can you be shopping local if you are not? Besides, there is almost nothing here in this book that you can’t find pretty easily.

Then check out the recipes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend Jody Williams' new book Buvette June 16, 2014
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Jody Williams has created a charming book with well-written recipes that are at once doable and edgy. The pictures are enticing and I have found I cannot pick up the book if I don't have time to be in the kitchen. I want to try one of the recipes every time I read a different segment. Food I know that I cook well, for instance eggs, have become a new taste adventure with her techniques. And, what fun it is to share this delicious food!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YUM May 11, 2014
By marti
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I am cooking my way through this book. So far every one is a hit. I did start with the ricotta doughnuts so that was a no brainer hit. wonderful food.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cover to cover April 30, 2014
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I rarely read a book cover to cover these days...much less a cook book! But this one captivated me and I made the time to read it...before I knew it I was at the end! And disappointed it ended by the way. I guess I identify with the way Ms. Williams approaches cooking and entertaining. I totally get her style and had all ready incorporated many of her ways into my own without even knowing it. The best part for me, besides the fantastic recipes of course, was her telling of her travels and cooking experiences. I was jealous that I never did that, and wanted to hear more in order to live vicariously. If anything, that would be my only complaint, that I wanted to hear more about her travels and cooking experiences.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeously simple! June 22, 2014
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Just like her restaurant in the West Village! Jody Williams tells her story and allows us to accompany her on her journey to find simply- prepared yet wonderful food. With a heavy French influence she shares her worldly food knowledge to allow us to prepare dishes to share with friends and family like pros! Every recipe that I have made has turned out perfectly!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A feast for the eyes. June 11, 2014
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I have followed Buvette's blog, FB page and read about Jody and her gem of a restaurant and love her style. I was thrilled when I found out she had a cookbook coming out and promptly pre-ordered my copy. It is as charming, lovely and brilliant as I had hoped. Most of the recipes are straight forward and most home cooks will have no problem recreating them. Not only are there wonderful recipes to peruse, it is filled with little "stories". The photos are beautiful...a feast for the eyes. I know I will use this cookbook, not only for recipes, but kitchen inspiration and entertaining ideas. I have 100's of cookbooks and this is in my top 10!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent cookbook, not exotic ingredients July 18, 2014
Excellent cookbook, not exotic ingredients, presented in unique ways. Very happy to own this wonderful collection of recipes. Highly recommend
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful AND Best May 6, 2014
By Mom
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I just Love this cookbook! I just love the recipes and her ability to keep it simple!!! The ingredients are usually already in your pantry.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes a cook want to cook.
My initial reaction when I paged through the entire book in one sitting was lukewarm. I just didn't see any recipes that grabbed me. Read more
Published 5 days ago by NE WIS
5.0 out of 5 stars Buvette Is A Keeper
Alice Waters is correct, Buvette is a treasure. I have hundreds of cook books and love them all, but today Buvette soars to the top of my favorites. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Michelle McCaughey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Restaurant & Book to Match
One of the best cookbooks I have ever encountered. Many of the recipes are for dishes on Buvette's menu in the West Village, NYC restaurant by the same name. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael Newell
4.0 out of 5 stars Love the pictures
Good cook book enjoy all the pictures and all ingredients are easy to find at the store. I am having fun with this book.
Published 1 month ago by Pattie
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Cookbook
Love Jody Williams tips in the beginning of the book. I've made at least 10 of the recipes and all but one turned out great!
Published 1 month ago by Brooke
1.0 out of 5 stars Just okay
Simplistic ideas in a "show offy" way. Well, I guess I did always want the recipe for Tartiflette since buying it at an outdoor street market in Paris.
Published 1 month ago by Joanna Silvia
3.0 out of 5 stars What's not to like!
First, I love cookbooks and I snap them up when they look great! This cookbook is very doable..... Not a lot of heavy sauces to slow you down and some wonderful pictures. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Maggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and simple
I love this cook book, just got it yesterday and read it all the way through. Simple, quality ingredients, things you won't have trouble finding. Read more
Published 2 months ago by CAMesa
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