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The Paris Café Cookbook: Rendezvous And Recipes From 50 Best Cafes    by Daniel Young order for
Paris Café Cookbook
by Daniel Young
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William Morrow, 1998 (1998)

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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Daniel Young, well-known food critic and food commentator on New York cuisine, has compiled a cookbook of recipes from 50 cafés in Paris, that will keep you 'in touch with the incomparable flavors of Paris without having to the cross the Atlantic.'

A hand drawn map locates each café, providing easy access to each one in turn - if you are lucky enough to be traveling to Paris. The ambience that draws you into any café is as important as the food. 'The French term café in the larger sense can be applied to any establishment where you can stop in for nothing more than a beverage and stay for as long as you like.' Should you not have a trip to Paris already planned, these recipes may whet your appetite to organize one. Each recipe is chosen from a café whose address and phone number are given, with a brief essay on the café preceding the recipe.

Recipes are organized in the same order as a meal - first appetizers, then side dishes and main courses, and finally desserts. Onion Soup Gratinée from Brasserie Balzar sounds just right to start the café experience. Move on to Le Café Marly for Decadent Mashed Potatoes, served with Sautéed Tuna Steak with Orange and Star Anise Butter Sauce from L'Ebauchoir's. Or perhaps you'd prefer Sole Meuniere from La Coupole. Then finish up with that always-welcome Tarte Tatin from Les Fountaine.

Should you be unable to jet to Paris to satisfy your appetite, simply follow these recipes to bring Paris to you. Whatever your choice, it will have the flavor of that beautiful French city in your very own French café.

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