Bistro Chicken: 100 Easy Yet Elegant Recipes with French Flair

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One hundred fuss-free classic and up-to-the minute recipes for chicken a la francais.

French bistro cooking is informal, flavorful, and simple, like the best home cooking.  Nothing says bistro cooking louder than a roast or sautéed chicken, but there is much more to this venerable tradition of poultry preparation.  Mary Ellen Evans, who studied at the Sorbonne, traveled frequently to France, and today has a house in Provence, has collected the best traditional and innovative recipes for the perfect poulet served in the cafes, bistros, and small family-run restaurants throughout France, from Normandy to the Riviera.

These easy, economical dishes are for every part of the chicken from egg to hen, and include appetizers, soups, omelets (for main courses and dessert), patés, sandwiches, pizza, salads, quick dishes, and slow stews and braises.  There are the expected–Coq au Vin–and the unexpected–Chicken with Ale–as well as Chicken and Porcini-Filled Crepes, Moroccan Chicken Pie, Chicken Bouillabaisse, Smoked Tea Poached Chicken, Chicken and Garlic Soup, Vietnamese Chicken and Rice Noodle Salad, and much, much more. 

Tips (French trucs) on everything from practically instant marinades to the fastest way to pit an olive make preparation a breeze.  The secrets to flawless sautéing, simmering, stewing, and grilling as well as the ultimate Roast Chicken are revealed as well.  Full of the robust character of French cuisine, Bistro Chicken takes the humble bird to a stylish level of sophistication and great taste.

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"A 'must-have' for every kitchen, Bistro Chicken serves up our favorite food with a charming French accent. Filled with flavor and flair, the recipes are accessible, easy, and fun to make. Personally, I'm grateful that Mary's years of living and traveling in France have inspired her to share this wealth of ideas, trucs, and tips. Her mouth-watering descriptions of the foods are evocative and as colorful as the out-of-the way bistros where she discovered them. A longtime cooking school director and teacher, Mary has the palette of a food professional, but also the practical understanding and knowledge to simplify techniques for home cooks. When I sat down to my first bowl of Mary's aromatic Chicken and Garlic Soup, I was instantly transported to the corner table of my favorite Parisian bistro. The addition of a glass of wine, a crusty baguette, and her magically moist (and so easy to make) Tarragon Chicken completed the picture. I could almost hear the rain outside the curtained window, and voices at the zinc bar behind me. Since Clafoutis with fresh fruit is one of my favorite desserts, I can't wait to try Mary's ingenious savory variation with curried chicken. This is a book I will use often!"
--Susan G. Purdy, author of The Perfect Pie and The Perfect Cake
Mary Ellen Evans's book BISTRO CHICKEN is a wonderful collection of recipes inspired by her travels to France and elsewhere. Try a Croque Monsieur with Chicken for a truly great lunch sandwich or her unconventional Chicken Rillettes as the start of a wonderful bistro meal, or my favorite, Chicken with Garlic. There's something here for everyone and every occasion.
-- Gordon Hamersley, author of Bistro Cooking at Home

About the Author:

A former cooking-school director, MARY ELLEN EVANS is a freelance food writer and the author of several Pillsbury cookbooks. Drawing on studies of French culture at the Sorbonne and cuisine at La Varenne, she leads gastronomic tours of France, a frequent destination for her since she was sixteen. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has a home in Provence.

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