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Bistro (Menus and Music) (Sharon O'Connor's Menus and Music) Paperback – May, 1999

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The Parisian bistro scene conjures as many images of Gauloises and Piaf as it does of veal stews and floating islands. This CD-book multimedia presentation aims to associate jazz, that quintessentially American musical form, with French cookery. O'Connor has compiled recipes from some of Paris' most celebrated bistros. Two American bistros, one on each coast, and a Montreal establishment also rate notice. For tourists needing to know more about the surroundings of the Parisian establishments, a "neighborhood walk" introduces parks and sites around each eatery. Each bistro has divulged an appetizer, entree, and dessert recipe. Terrines, steak frites, roast chicken, and tarte tatin, form the core of this cuisine. Most dishes are such classics that there are few surprises among the recipes, but a moderate level of cooking skill is useful to execute them successfully. Mark Knoblauch

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Sharon O'Connor's book Bistro, part of the Menus and Music series, provides readers with recipes from chefs at 17 top Paris bistros, plus useful insider neighborhood notes. There's also a CD with mood-setting songs by Edith Piaf, Django Reinhardt, and others top lay while preparing a meal fromor trip tothe City of Light. -- Bon Appetit Magazine, 11/99
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Product Details

  • Series: Sharon O'Connor's Menus and Music (Book 14)
  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Menus & Music Production (May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883914280
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883914288
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,517,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Philip Bewley on April 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have had great sucess with many of the recipes here. The recipes are easy to follow, the photos of the finished dish are inspiring,and the result is very tasty! There is just a step or two in these recipes that really elevate these dishes. The best Coq a vin and cauliflower gratin I have ever tasted! I look forward to trying the desserts next.The accompanying CD was a fun surprise...It is actually very pleasant to listen to when cooking: upbeat but not too loud,all rather "hummable" and fun.This cookbook and CD is perfect for a relaxing Sunday afternoon preparing a special Sunday dinner.Highly recommended.
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Now a confirmed francophile after honeymooning in Paris, my daughter is delighted with this collection of authentic bistro recipes and music. With the CD and recipes, easy enough even for her novice cooking skills, she can re-create the Parisian mood at home while entertaining family and friends. The only thing lacking are more photographs of the prepared recipes as food is to be savored by our mouth, nose and eyes.
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First, the CD: Everyone loves it. It's fantastic atmosphere music. But the book-- A miraculous compilation. She begins by explaining bistro origins and culture in Paris, then focuses on one of the many Parisian bistros covered in the book-- its story, a walk around the neighborhood, how to find it. Then a few of their star recipes. This book boils down centuries of combined knowledge of the cooking-est culture in the world.

Everything I've tried has been nothing short of an unqualified triumph. You'll understand when the people you invite over begin using every superlative in their arsenal to describe not just what they are tasting, but what they are feeling. I'm somewhat of a 5-star restaurant hopper, so I've got a basis for comparison.

And the Coq au Vin-- quite possibly the best thing anyone has ever eaten. Anyone. Ever. Honest to God, I nearly cried. It's Beethoven's 7th symphony. It's Citizen Kane. It could bring about world peace. Do not die without having eaten this dish. Is that emphatic enough?

To sum up-- the CD is great, the hisotories are interesting, the illustrations are helpful, the content is educational, and the recipies are divine.
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Have only used one recipe so far--good but complicated to do. Involved chopping, sauteeing, soaking, blanching, pureeing, grating and then baking for 5 ingredients (plus salt and pepper), for a side dish--Cauliflower au Gratin. Very good but not a work night dish, particularly when you have to wash the food processor, casserole dish, frying pan, colander, etc. Other recipes might not be so involved. Music is interesting background while cooking. Enjoyed it. Am looking forward to trying more of the recipes. Made me realize how lazy I had become as a cook and how interesting cooking can be.
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