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Drinking French: The Iconic Cocktails, Apéritifs, and Café Traditions of France, with 160 Recipes

Ten Speed: Crown. Mar. 2020. 304p. ISBN 9781607749295. $28. COOKING
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Parisian café life as understood from movies and books has a certain refined and potentially inaccessible air. Dubonnet, suze, pineau de charentes: does one drink these, and if so, how and when? Chef Lebovitz (My Paris Kitchen) a Paris transplant from Berkeley, CA, demystifies café culture for non-French readers. Here a wealth of cocktail recipes require little more effort than locating a bottle of a specific spirit or two. For those familiar with cocktails popular in the United States, this will be an exciting find, as Lebovitz gently pokes fun at his experiences in France and adds recipes for light bites that will be welcomed by anyone seeking a twist on their favorite aperitifs.
VERDICT A recommended collection that makes accessible the sophistication of French café drinking to cocktail-crazed American audiences.

 

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