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The Vegetarian Bistro: 250 Authentic French Regional Recipes

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While traveling through France with a vegetarian companion, Marlena Spieler was delighted to discover an often-overlooked meatless French cuisine, rooted in regional traditions and preserved in the small, family owned neighborhood restaurants that are the soul of Gallic cooking. In The Vegetarian Bistro, she shares her delicious discoveries. Here at last are vegetarian recipes - some classic, others newly adapted - for the rich gratins, flavorful appetizers, warm salads, hearty soups, lusty braises, and homey desserts of beloved French bistros, from Paris to the northern regions of Brittany and Normandy and to the southern reaches of Provence and the Basque country. Illustrated with charming watercolors by Pierre Le-Tan, The Vegetarian Bistro brings the market-fresh bounty of regional French cooking into your own kitchen.

256 pages, Paperback

First published January 1, 1997

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Marlena Spieler

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Marlena Spieler was an American food writer of more than 70 cookbooks.

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July 17, 2020
Great recipes! Try the omelettes, vinaigrette’s, salad’s, potatoes, soups, and artichoke dishes.
Easy French cooking!
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April 30, 2009
This is one of my preferred cookbooks. I haven't made anything from this cookbook that I wouldn't gladly make again. I particularly love the roasted beet, goat cheese, and sundried tomato dish. If you dislike cheese and butter, then you won't enjoy this cookbook nearly as much as I do. And you probably won't be that keen on Spieler's mac and cheese cookbook either . . .
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January 8, 2015
What a great book. Great veggie recipes, and great stories, exactly what i was looking for. They always make French food sound uber sophisticated, but really, as seen in this book it is mostly simple and fresh. Worth searching for. Here's hoping Marlena writes another book on this subject in the future!
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November 22, 2009
This is one of my favorite cookbooks--and there are no pictures--only some drawings! I consistently go back to this one time and time again, and some of my standard fare have become favorites with friends and family.
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October 1, 2019
one of my favorite cook books. Best tapenade recipe ever
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