La Buvette is a very small wine shop and cafe (a cave à manger) in Paris’s 11th Arrondissement that has an outsized reputation based on owner Camille Fourmont’s highly personal approach to both wine and food. There is no wine list: instead she has a conversation with guests about what they would like to drink. And there is no true kitchen “just a refrigerator, a wooden cutting board, and a portable burner that I carry up from the basement when needed.”
Fourmont’s ever-changing menu often relies on cheese and charcuterie but the imagination she brings to serving them or many other composed dishes is inspired. Tender large white beans with olive oil and seasonal citrus zest; smoked fish dressed with sliced pears and pomelo pulp; anchovy, egg yolk, and hazelnut pasta.
Fourmont rounds out her book with recipes from her home repertoire, as well as extensive sidebars that help evoke a sense of a vibrant and evolving Parisian food scene.
Hardcover. Color photographs throughout.