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I recently reviewed Afro Vegan by Bryant Terry which offered meat-free versions of African and Carribean cuisine. It beautifully captured the flavors of the original cuisine but with a fraction of the fat and calories. I wondered if there was an equivalent book that did the same for traditional french recipes. When I had tried myself to simply to cut back on the butter, cream, bacon and salt on french cookbooks, the meals just didn’t taste French. When I found Cuisine Sante in a quirky second hand book store in upstate New York, I was inspired to try again.
The book genuinely drills down into the subject. It starts with clear, well illustrated photos for techniques like filleting a fish, boning a chicken and prepping vegetables in traditional french style. It offers recipes for stocks with full flavor yet lower sodium levels by compensating with additional seasoings like ginger and mushrooms. For creamy dishes, Cuisine Sante substitues Greek yogurt for heavy cream and exchanges olive oil for butter in braised dishes. I love carot soup but it usually is packed with butter and cream. I love a true rich quiche but the fat and calorie count is truely scary. I’ve tried making a low fat version but they were watery and bland. The Cuisine Sante version cuts calories by “sauteing” the onions in a mixture of wine and thyme until lightly carmelized and mixing a bit of cream with skin milk for the custard. The result? Even better than the original.
I wish that Cuisine Sante provided nutritional breakdown of their recipes. Cuisine Sante does not consider their recipes diet food, but healthier versions of beloved french meals, but I really like to know what I am eating. Some of the recipes are time consuming and others are technically challenging. But there are many simple yet hearty dishes like glazed pork loin, ratatouille, “creamy” carrot soup which allow me to both eat French and wear French.