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By Anthony Bourdain

Published 2004

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You want to make a Frenchman cry? Make him a nice bowl of pot-au-feu. This is soul food for socialists. There are no tricky parts to the recipe. The colors are gorgeous, and it’s a great main course for a casual dinner party. Who would have thought that a big pile of boiled meat and vegetables could be so good?


  • 1 lb/450 g paleron of beef, or “chicken steak”, or brisket
  • 6



In the huge pot, combine the steak, oxtail, short ribs, and veal shank and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil over high heat and as soon as the water comes to a boil, remove from the heat. Set the meats aside and throw out the water. Clean the pot. Seriously, do it. Then put the meat right back inside. Push 2 cloves into each onion ha