All too seldom does a restaurant inspired cookbook truly capture the magic of the restaurant itself. In his cookbook Bistro Laurent Tourondel, acclaimed chef Laurent Tourondel manages to do just that for no less than six of his namesake restaurants. BLT features over 150 bistro style recipes from his successful chain of restaurants, BLT Steak; BLT Prime; BLT Fish; BLT Fish Shack; BLT Burger and BLT Market.
Given that the foundation of Tourondel’s cooking is based on traditional casual French bistro fare, these are restaurant dishes that translate well to the home cook. Be it the fish or meat dishes he is renowned for or the restaurants famed breakfasts, he uses simple techniques to bring out the most in simple, fresh ingredients. Seared, braised or grilled dishes, fresh salads, soups and sandwiches, there is page after page of mouthwatering bistro classics that beg to be savored with none in the least bit intimidating or pretentious.
There’s a wealth of traditional bistro favorites here from Scalloped Potatoes Gratin; Warm Chicken Liver Spread; Tapenade-Stuffed Leg of Lamb; Crusty Apple Pie; Roasted Rosemary-Lemon Chicken; Steak Tartare along with plenty of BLT specialties that show his ‘new American’ side such as Giant Cheese Popovers; Lemongrass Rock Shrimp Risotto; Cobb Lobster Salad; Chinese Chicken Salad; Braised Swordfish with Tomatoes, Olives and Capers, Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich with White Truffle; Spicy Soft-Shell Crab Sandwiches and the Barbie Raspberry Layer Cake. The recipe section on sauces (Bearnaise; BLT Barbecue; Cranberry Sauce; Peppercorn Sauce; BLT Steak Sauce are but a few) along with those dishes he pairs them with is a sure way to elevate your dishes to a new level.
The superb photography of the finished dishes and bustling, behind the scenes black and white shots of the restaurant and staff at work give the book an elegance deserving of the restaurants reputations.
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