Picks and Pans Review: The Balthazar Cookbook
By Keith McNally, Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson
Balthazar is the celebrity-clogged restaurant in lower Manhattan that replicates the cuisine of a classic Parisian brasserie. The cookbook brings it all home (sans supermodels), but you should skip the recipes for French fries and those towering multitiered platters of shellfish, which won't resemble the restaurant versions. Instead go straight to classic seafood plates like Sole à la Meunière and side dishes like Garlic Mashed Potatoes. Easy to make and delicious, these Gallic versions of comfort food are worth the price of the book, even if you're not cooking for Gisele Bündchen.