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TWENTY FOUR LITTLE FRENCH DINNERS AND How to Cook and Serve Them

BY

CORA MOORE

NEW YORK E. P. DUTTON & COMPANY 681 Fifth Avenue

Copyright 1919, by E. P. DUTTON & COMPANY

All Rights Reserved

Printed in the United States of America

PREFACE

The Little Dinners of Paris are world famous. No one can have sojourned in the fascinating capital in its normal days without having come under their spell. To Parisien and visitor alike they are accounted among the uniquely characteristic features of the city's routine life.

Much of the interest that attaches to them is, of course, due to local atmosphere, to the associations that surround the quaint restaurants, half hidden in unexpected nooks and by ways, to the fact that old Jacques "waits" in his shirtsleeves or that Grosse Marie serves you with a smile as expansive as her own proportions, or that it is Justin or François or "Old Monsoor," with his eternal grouch, who glides about the zinc counter.

But there is also magic in the arrangement of the menus, in the combinations of food, in the very names of the confections and in the little Gallic touches that, simple though they are, transform commonplace dishes into gastronomic delights.

There is inspiration in the art that enters into the production of a French dinner, in the perfect balance of every item from hors d'oeuvre to café noir, in the ways with seasoning that work miracles with left overs and preserve the daily routine of three meals a day from the deadly monotony of the American régime, in the garnishings that glorify the most insignificant concoctions into objects of appetising beauty and in the sauces that elevate indifferent dishes into the realm of creations and enable a French cook to turn out a dinner fit for capricious young gods from what an American cook wastes in preparing one.

The very economy of the French is an art, and there is art in their economy. It is true that their dishes, as we have known them in this country, are expensive, even extravagant, but that is because they have been for the most part the creations of high priced chefs. They who have made eating an avocation know that it is not necessary to dine expensively in order to dine well.

C. M.

New York, May, 1919.

CONTENTS

PAGE

Preface v

The Bugbear of American Cookery Monotony 1

Flavor Handmaid of Variety 9

True Trails toward Economy 15

The Appeal to the Eye 21

Sauces, Simple and Otherwise 25

Twenty four Little French Dinners 33 (With Directions for Preparing)

Let Us Eat Fish! 109

TWENTY FOUR LITTLE FRENCH DINNERS AND How to Cook and Serve Them

THE BUGBEAR OF AMERICAN COOKERY MONOTONY

It is as strange as it is true that with the supplies that have lately proved sufficient to feed a world to draw upon the chief trouble with American cookery is its monotony... Continue reading book >>




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