Tomato clafoutis, herb-cured filet of beef Carpaccio, garlic family soup, Catalan tuna daube: these and 171 other recipes pour off the pages of this sumptuous coffee-table cookbook by the author of Bistro Cooking and Simply French. Wells concentrates on coaxing the utmost flavor out of simple, fresh food, and her French recipes are not all swimming in cream, oils, and fats: the filet, for example, profits not from a heavy sauce but from being wrapped for two days in tarragon, parsley, basil, thyme, and salt. In a couple of places Wells even commits the heresy, for a French-style chef, of switching a red wine used to simmer meat to a white wine. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Patricia Wells. Scribner, $40 (352p) ISBN 0-684-81569-9 Relaxed and unfailingly enticing, this superb collection of 175 recipes will make readers feel as comfortable in their kitchens as its accomplished author is at Chanteduc, her 18th-century farmhouse in northern Provence. Wells (Bistro Cooking; Simply French) is not the first to underscore the appeal of simple, fresh food, but she coaxes new tiers of flavor from many of the dishes here by her creative arrangements of basic ingredients. Instead of the standard cherry clafoutis, for example, she offers Tomato Clafoutis as appetizer or Chanteduc Clafoutis, made with mixed fruits, for dessert. Herb-Cured Filet of Beef Carpaccio, in which the filet, wrapped for two days in tarragon, parsley, basil, thyme and salt, attains a savory goodness with surprising ease. The True Salad Fan's Salad, composed of finely chopped tops of very young root vegetables (carrot, radish, beet, celery, etc.) with vinaigrette, and Garlic Family Soup (with leeks, onions, shallots and a head of garlic) fairly vibrate with an abundance of flavor. Catalan Tuna Daube marries anchovies, capers, onion, lemon zest, tomatoes and cubes of tuna steak in a memorable union. La Broufade is another outstanding daube, but with beef simmered in white wine instead of the usual red. Wells is sensible in her use of oils and fats, calling, for example, for whole milk and cream in judicious amounts. The diner's delight flows from the wisely prepared ingredients; the cook gets the added pleasure of reading Wells's warm, intelligent prose?and serving up excellence. Photos not seen by PW.
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Great simple french recipes! First saw the book in a kitchen in our rental apt. in Sablet, Provence! HAD to have it for a french dinner party at home!Published 1 month ago by Susan Morgan
There are a few good recipes but not a lot that I would use, some are impractical for my use. Am sure there are others who feel otherwise about the recipes. Read morePublished 8 months ago by joan l.
Very pleased,thank you. I have not had a great deal of time to cook lately, but I tend to read more cookery books than cook anywayPublished 11 months ago by William Donald Menzies
Was wonderful treat to look at this cookbook again and to recall memories of my travels in Provence. Real food cooked fresh and served outside under the sky or stars. Read morePublished 16 months ago by vero gal
The book was a Christmas gift for my brother who likes to receive used cookbooks. The book arrived within the time frame specified and was in very good shape. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Chuck B
This is a cookbook I've borrowed so many times from a dear and patient friend. Never an excuse to visit, it always came up b/c she had "just" prepared yet another recipe... Read morePublished 20 months ago by WiredinFla
This is a solid cookbook but not essentially provençal--and that is the rub for me. There are many variations on certain dishes that are either italianized or americanized---so as... Read morePublished on July 3, 2013 by A. Droessaert
Recipes are good fare, included with other new recipes contributed from neighbors, friends, and local cooks. Format is easy reading and recipes are simple to follow.Published on April 21, 2013 by Gingko42
This cookbook is a longtime favorite of mine that I first dicovered at the library. After checking it out mulitple times (and paying a few overdue fines), I decided to buy a copy. Read morePublished on January 18, 2013 by CK