nouvelle cuisine



  • feminine A fashionable 1980s style of cooking using small amounts of very fresh food artistically arranged on the plate together with purées and reduced cooking liquors without cream, flour, egg or butter thickening, as sauces. Portions and sauces have now reverted to normal although much of the artistic merit has persisted. This type of cuisine tends to arise in history at favourable economic times.


  • noun a type of French cooking which aims at less heavy traditional dishes and attractive presentation and often served in very small portions