Picks and Pans Review: Bistro: the Best of Casual French Cooking

updated 11/27/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/27/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Gerald Hirigoyen

The bistro is to France what the diner is to America: a neighborhood eatery with easy, affordable food. This volume, one in a series launch that includes Diner and Trattoria, offers not just the basics like vinaigrette, onion soup, steaks frîtes, roast chicken and créme brulée—but dishes with flourishes (sea scallops with shaved fennel, sautéed breast of duck with wild mushrooms). Recipes are short, and instructions are simple; try it. (Sunset Books, $19.95)

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