Meaning of nouvelle cuisine*

nou•velle cui•sine

Pronunciation: (n-vel kwē-zēn'), [key]
— French. (sometimes caps.)French.
  1. 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.
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