nouvelle cuisine

noun

Definition of nouvelle cuisine

: a form of French cuisine that uses little flour or fat and stresses light sauces and the use of fresh seasonal produce also : a national or regional cuisine that stresses lightness and freshness in preparation American nouvelle cuisine

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But not every flavor beloved in the trickle-down years has retained its aura; some, particularly those associated with nouvelle cuisine, quickly soured. New York Times, "How the Kiwi Changed New York’s Food Scene," 16 Apr. 2018 An upper-middle-class background gave them the means to fly to Europe and stumble into restaurants where nouvelle cuisine was being hammered out. New York Times, "How American Chefs in the 1970s and ’80s Created a Revolution," 30 May 2018 Image Ella Brennan, the exacting matriarch of a New Orleans restaurant family whose flagship, Commander’s Palace, is renowned for serving a blend of Louisiana and nouvelle cuisines with generous, dramatic flair, died on Thursday in New Orleans. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Ella Brennan, Grande Dame Restaurateur of New Orleans, Dies at 92," 1 June 2018 Paul Bocuse, Lyon’s epicurean patron saint, who died in January at the age of 91, opened a new chapter in French cooking in his city 40 years ago as a founding father of la nouvelle cuisine. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "The Most Innovative Chefs in Lyon, France’s Gastronomic Capital," 24 July 2018 The Quilted Giraffe translated the newest ideas from across the Atlantic into an American idiom at a time when even French chefs in New York hadn't quite caught up with nouvelle cuisine. Jay Cheshes, Town & Country, "Caviar and Cocaine," 6 Feb. 2013 In time, as a backlash against nouvelle cuisine developed, Mr. Bocuse put some distance between himself and the movement. William Grimes, The Seattle Times, "Paul Bocuse, globe-trotting master of French cuisine, dies," 20 Jan. 2018 Despite these shortcomings, the name nouvelle cuisine stuck. Longreads, "“We All Had the Same Acid Flashback at the Same Time”: The New American Cuisine," 29 Mar. 2018 This is the food from which nouvelle cuisine sprang, as both inspiration and opposition. Brett Martin, GQ, "Lyon Is the Real Capital of French Food," 12 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of nouvelle cuisine

1975, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nouvelle cuisine

borrowed from French, literally, "new cuisine"

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nouvelle cuisine

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English Language Learners Definition of nouvelle cuisine

: a modern style of cooking in which light, healthy food is prepared and served in an attractive way

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