Named after chef Jody Williams’s New York and Paris restaurants, the 304-page title “Buvette: The Pleasure of Good Food” features recipes for traditional French dishes like ratatouille and tarte tatin, and hearty, family-friendly dishes like roasted heirloom apples stuffed with pork sausage, ricotta fritters and shaved Brussels sprouts with Pecorino and walnuts.
The book also includes a forward by celebrity chef Mario Batali.
Williams trained with Thomas Keller at Rakel and Lidia Bastianich at Felidia and is known among American audiences for her appearances as a judge on the Food Network show “Chopped.” She opened Buvette in 2011 in the West Village as a European-style cafe and wine bar where diners can tuck into French classics like cassoulet, mussels, steak tartare and coq au vin.
In addition to recipes, the book also includes sidebars on everything from how to remove stains to how to dress up simple foods by serving ice cream, for instance, in a teacup, or serving chocolate mousse in a silver tablespoon.
“This book is a treasure! The purity of ingredients and a charming French aesthetic are combined so beautifully that you want to taste every dish and cook them too,” states Alice Waters of Chez Panisse.
Buvette: The Pleasure of Good Food will be available for sale on April 30th with the list price of $30 — and $18.98 on Amazon.