When it comes to cooking a steak perfectly, cooks in the bistros of Paris rely on a simple, foolproof method. Here’s how to master it at home.

AS MANY TIMES as Ive cooked steak, Ive only rarely achieved that state of perfection found in Paris bistros. So, on a trip to that city researching recipes for an upcoming book, I was eager to consult with Hugo Desnoyer, the eponymous proprietor of what is arguably Pariss most highly regarded butcher shop.
In France we have a method to make a perfect steak every time. Its very simple, he assured me. As long as you use quality meat to begin with.