Cooking & Entertaining

French Bistro: Seasonal Recipes

The French bistro provides an irresistible dining experience, combining fresh, traditional dishes with a friendly atmosphere. With its checkered tablecloths, chalkboard menus brandishing the plats du jour, emblematic wooden chairs, and an endless supply of crusty baguettes, the gastronomic bistro has firmly established itself as a culinary institution.

Bertrand Auboyneau, the owner of Bistrot Paul Bert in Paris, offers a seasonal selection of sixty hearty recipes. Starters include rustic country pâté with cognac and wild mushroom confit or scallops cooked in their shells with a piquant twist. An extensive selection of main courses ranges from shoulder of lamb en cocotte to duck breast with cherries and roasted new potatoes. After a dazzling cheese platter, if you still have room for dessert, you can indulge in an assortment of delicious classics, such as Paul Bert’s signature Paris-Brest, praline cream in a crisp choux pastry ring, or Île flottante, an island of poached meringue floating in Tahitian vanilla créme anglaise. 

To accompany the recipes, revered food critic François Simon outlines the ten commandments that rule a true bistro, such as the importance of an inspirational owner and a highly experienced chef as well as impeccable waiters and the art of creating an authentic decor, dense with the wafting smells of good food and wine. Photographs feature both recipes and the lively spirit of a dozen Parisian bistros.

About The Author

Bertrand Auboyneau is owner of Bistrot Paul Bert in Paris. François Simon is a food critic for Le Figaro. Christian Sarramon is a lifestyle photographer.

  • Publish Date: February 07, 2012
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Cooking - Regional & Ethnic - French
  • Publisher: Flammarion
  • Trim Size: 7-1/2 x 9-1/2
  • Pages: 216
  • US Price: $34.95
  • CDN Price: $40.00
  • ISBN: 978-2-08-020088-4


"Beautiful and beautifully conceived." ~France Magazine

“If you’ve never had the pleasure of being there – and I think it’s always a pleasure – then this new book, French Bistro: Seasonal Recipes, will make you feel as though you’re there. Yes, yes, I know that reading about a restaurant and cooking its recipes is not the same as really being there, but hey, it’s not bad. Not bad at all. Especially when the book is as good – and as evocative – as this one.” ~Dorie Greenspan

Author Bookshelf: Bertrand Auboyneau, Fran├žois Simon, Christian Sarramon