Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook

Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook : Strategies, Recipes, and Techniques of Classic Bistro Cooking

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Bestselling author, TV host, and chef Anthony Bourdain reveals the hearty, delicious recipes of Les Halles, the classic New York City French bistro where he got his start.

Before stunning the world with his bestselling Kitchen Confidential, Anthony Bourdain, host of the celebrated TV shows Parts Unknown and No Reservations, spent years serving some of the best French brasserie food in New York. With its no-nonsense, down-to-earth atmosphere, Les Halles matched Bourdain's style perfectly: a restaurant where you can dress down, talk loudly, drink a little too much wine, and have a good time with friends. Now, Bourdain brings you his Les Halles Cookbook, a cookbook like no other: candid, funny, audacious, full of his signature charm and bravado.

Bourdain teaches you everything you need to know to prepare classic French bistro fare. While you're being guided, in simple steps, through recipes like roasted veal short ribs and steak frites, escargots aux noix and foie gras au pruneaux, you'll feel like he's in the kitchen beside you-reeling off a few insults when you've scorched the sauce, and then patting you on the back for finally getting the steak tartare right.

As practical as it is entertaining, Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook is a can't-miss treat for cookbook lovers, aspiring chefs, and Bourdain fans everywhere.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 178 x 236 x 41mm | 1,157g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 158234180X
  • 9781582341804
  • 13,982

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"Anthony Bourdain''s Les Halles Cookbook joins the classic French cookbooks on my shelf, and shames every would-be ''bistro bible''. Nobody else writes with such respect for real food." -- Mario Batali
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About Anthony Bourdain

Chef and author Anthony Bourdain wrote the New York Times bestselling memoirs Kitchen Confidential, Medium Raw, and A Cook's Tour; the collection The Nasty Bits; the novels Bone in the Throat, The Bobby Gold Stories, and Gone Bamboo; the biography Typhoid Mary; and the cookbooks Appetites and Les Halles Cookbook.

Bourdain was the host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning docuseries Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown on CNN, and prior to that hosted the Emmy Award-winning No Reservations and The Layover on the Travel Channel and The Taste on ABC.
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5,933 ratings
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Our customer reviews

Bourdain's irreverent style isn't missing and neither are the French bistro staples in this easily reachable title. Anyone with even a modicum of cooking ability should be able to produce most of the recipes in this wonderful book. That's not a criticism and indeed reflects Bourdain's ability to translate some of the best known French dishes -- cassoulet, bouillabaisse, coq au vin, pot-au-feu -- in such an understandable style. He covers off several of my faves -- cote de boeuf, friture, pate de lapin, moules marinieres -- and again these are very elegantly explained. (Although I think the use of Bourdain and elegant in the same review may well be an oxymoron.) If you love French bistro-style food, or even French cooking in general, Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook is a must have. Sits proudly alongside my copy of Elizabeth David's French Provincial more
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