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The owner of a beloved Paris wine shop, bar, and café shares the secrets of effortless French entertaining in this lushly photographed guide featuring 50 recipes for simple, grazing-style food.
“Camille shows us that keeping it simple, trying new wines, and making food that’s direct is all we need for a great experience.”—Andrew Tarlow, owner of The Marlow Collective
Inspired by the stylish, intimate, and laid-back vibes of La Buvette—a tiny wine shop that doubles as a bar and café—in Paris’s 11th Arrondissement, this guide to wine, food, and Parisian lifestyle unlocks the secrets to achieving that coveted je ne sais quoi style of entertaining, along with revealing the best of the City of Light.
La Buvette’s owner, Camille Fourmont, offers a look into the wine notes she uses to stock her shop and the incredible recipes she prepares in the shop's miniscule “kitchen” space. She also introduces some of Paris’s best wine and food makers in intimate portraits. Included are fifty recipes for easy and delicious snacks and full meals perfect for impromptu grazing-style entertaining—with plenty of wine—such as Camille’s “famous” Giant Beans with Citrus Zest; Pickled Egg with Furikake; Canned Sardines and Burnt Lemon; Baguette, Butter, and White Peach and Verbena Jam; and Crème Caramel.
With tips on selecting wine and sourcing antique kitchenware, recreating the charm and ease of Parisian-style entertaining has never been so enjoyable. Whether you are traveling to Paris or bringing a piece of the City of Light into your home, you’ll learn how to drink, eat, and shop like a true Parisian.
Camille Fourmont is the proprietor behind La Buvette, a wine shop that is packed every night, serving wines by the glass, simple plates of food, and personal conversation. Since opening La Buvette in 2012, she has been recognized in Bon Appétit, the New York Times, the Guardian, and the Financial Times. Le Fooding, the groundbreaking French food publication, selected La Buvette as the best wine bar in Paris in 2014. In addition to running La Buvette, Fourmont is a consultant for Hotel Le Pigalle's wine bar in Paris.
Kate Leahy is a San Francisco chef turned journalist. She has written ten books, including A16 Food + Wine, the IACP cookbook of the year, and her work has appeared in publications from CNN's Parts Unknown to Eating Well.