Bohème Cooking: French Vegetarian Recipes

Countryman. May 2024. 248p. ISBN 9781682687598. $35. COOKING
With her new casual chic cookbook, Solomon (Chef’s Fridges), an American expat living in France, shares French culinary insights about contemporary vegetarian home cooking. Beginning in the pantry, Solomon offers up recipes for essential recipe components, such as herbes de Provence and aioli, before moving on to vegetable-forward French aperitifs, including green herb gazpacho and a red pepper tartinade. Recipes become progressively more substantial as the book goes on, with vegetarian small plate dishes and then main courses before ending things on a sweet note. There is a nice mix of both old favorites (such as the quintessential French yogurt cake) as well as Solomon’s vegetarian spins on classic French cuisine (see her winter vegetable Bourguignon stew). The gorgeous photographs effectively showcase select dishes and capture the spirit of living la bonne vie in la belle France.
VERDICT Solomon’s easy and relaxed approach to vegetarian cooking and her stylishly formatted recipes make this a first-rate guide for U.S. cooks looking to give their vegetable dishes a bit of French je ne sais quoi.
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