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The French Laundry Cookbook (Hardcover)

Edition 2
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    Thomas Keller, chef/proprieter of the French Laundry in the Napa Valley—"the most exciting place to eat in the United States," wrote Ruth Reichl in The New York Times—is a wizard, a purist, a man obsessed with getting it right. And this, h......more

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Thomas Keller, chef/proprieter of the French Laundry in the Napa Valley—"the most exciting place to eat in the United States," wrote Ruth Reichl in The New York Times—is a wizard, a purist, a man obsessed with getting it right. And this, his first cookbook, is every bit as satisfying as a French Laundry meal itself: a series of small, impeccable, highly refined, intensely focused courses.

Most dazzling is how simple Keller's methods are: squeegeeing the moisture from the skin on fish so it sautees beautifully; poaching eggs in a deep pot of water for perfect shape; the initial steeping in the shell that makes cooking raw lobster out of the shell a cinch; using vinegar as a flavor enhancer; the repeated washing of bones for stock for the cleanest, clearest tastes.

From innovative soup techniques, to the proper way to cook green vegetables, to secrets of great fish cookery, to the creation of breathtaking desserts; from beurre monte to foie gras au torchon, to a wild and thoroughly unexpected take on coffee and doughnuts, The French Laundry Cookbook captures, through recipes, essays, profiles, and extraordinary photography, one of America's great restaurants, its great chef, and the food that makes both unique.

One hundred and fifty superlative recipes are exact recipes from the French Laundry kitchen—no shortcuts have been taken, no critical steps ignored, all have been thoroughly tested in home kitchens. If you can't get to the French Laundry, you can now re-create at home the very experience the Wine Spectator described as "as close to dining perfection as it gets."

Thomas Keller is the chef/owner of the French Laundry in Yountville, California.

Author:
Keller, Thomas
Genre:
COOKING / Regional & Ethnic / French
Audience:
General/trade
Edition:
2
Format:
Hardcover
Pages:
325
Language:
English
Publisher:
Artisan
Publish Date:
11/01/1999
ISBN:
9781579651268
Height:
11.25 in
Wdth:
10.75 in
Thickness:
1.0 in
Unit weight:
5.25 lb
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  • How can you not love this book?

    Thomas Keller is the go-to man for exquisite dining. The recipes are complex and challenging - but oh so worth every bite. I have been to bouchon as well as Per se- the food was perfect - I am so happy that he shares his knowledge with us. Even if you don't like to cook, you would have to be in love with the photos. Everything he does is art and perfection.

    • How did the image on site compare with the actual product? exact
    • How accurate was the on site description of the product? perfect
    • Please tell us about the quality of the product. excellent
    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
  • Dream Big

    Thomas Keller is an inspiration to any chef who desires the journey of perfection. Mr. Keller himself warns that perfection is the journey, that once you reach it, it is no longer perfection. The stories in this book transpire the ordinary substance of food into a transcendiary extraordinary experience. The pictures are breathtaking, the recipes are sublime. Many home chefs may not be able to re-create these dishes in true French Laundry style, but you can dream that living in the middle of the western desert, that someday, you can achieve greatness through culinary delights.

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
  • French Laundry Cookbook

    I first found out about Thomas Keller's cookbooks from a book by Anthony Bourdain. I love to cook, and I love this cookbook.

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes

    lilyandpoppy from White Bear Lake, Minnesota, Mar 26, 2008

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  • Perfect gift!

    Gorgeous book, that arrived in perfect condition for Christmas! I think most of the recipes are a bit advanced for the novice cook, but not as intimidating as some others. Amazing photograpy!

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
  • Cookbook

    This book was recommended to my daughter by one of her Culinary Arts teachers. My daughter loves it!

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes

    Anonymous from Nashville, TN, Sep 10, 2007

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