nouvelle cuisine


nouvelle cuisine
/nooh vel kwee zeen"/, (sometimes caps.) French.
a modern style of French cooking that emphasizes the use of the finest and freshest ingredients simply and imaginatively prepared, often with fresh herbs, the artful arrangement and presentation of food, and the use of reduced stocks in place of flour-thickened sauces.
[lit., new cooking]

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Style in international cuisine developed in France in the 1960s and '70s that stresses freshness, lightness, and clarity of flavour, as distinct from the richer and more calorie-laden classic haute cuisine.

Dishes commonly include sauces made of vegetable and fruit purees, novel combinations of foods in small quantities, and elegant displays highlighting details of texture and colour.

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      eclectic style in international haute cuisine developed during the 1960s and '70s that stressed freshness, lightness, and clarity of flavour. In reaction to some of the richer and more calorie-laden extravagances of classic French haute cuisine, nouvelle cuisine sought to emphasize the natural flavours, textures, and colours of foodstuffs. Acknowledging the unhealthiness of a diet heavy in fats, sugars, refined starches, and salt, it minimized the use of these ingredients. Nouvelle cuisine was also influenced by the Japanese style of food presentation.

      The basic characteristics of nouvelle cuisine included the use of sauces thickened not by roux (a cooked mixture of flour and fat) but rather by purees of vegetables or fruits; the serving of novel combinations of foods in very small quantities that were artistically arranged on large plates; a return to the importance of purchasing of food; and infinite attention to texture and detail.

      Luxury was achieved through meticulous preparation and imaginative presentation and through the liberal use of fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables. Kiwi fruits, raspberries, mangoes, and other fruits were frequently combined with meats and seafood, and fruit-flavoured vinegars were a popular seasoning.

      The phrase nouvelle cuisine was coined by the French food critics Christian Millau and Henri Gault to describe the styles created by a group of French chefs, notably Paul Bocuse (Bocuse, Paul), Jean and Pierre Troisgros, Michel Guérard, Roger Verge, and Paul Haeberlin.

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