The French Laundry Cookbook

The French Laundry Cookbook

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IACP Award Winner

2019 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the acclaimed French Laundry restaurant in the Napa Valley--"the most exciting place to eat in the United States" (The New York Times). The most transformative cookbook of the century celebrates this milestone by showcasing the genius of chef/proprietor Thomas Keller himself. Keller 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 saut es 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 mont 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 Wine Spectator described as "as close to dining perfection as it gets."

Author: Susie Heller, Thomas Keller
Publisher: Artisan Publishers
Published: 11/01/1999
Pages: 320
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 4.65lbs
Size: 11.20h x 11.30w x 1.10d
ISBN: 9781579651268
Award: James Beard Foundation Book Awards - Nominee
Award: James Beard Foundation Book Awards - Nominee
Award: IACP Crystal Whisk Award - Nominee
Award: IACP Crystal Whisk Award - Winner
Award: IACP Crystal Whisk Award - Winner

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 10/04/1999 pg. 69
Beyond the Cover Author Interv 11/01/1999 pg. 3
Library Journal 01/01/2000 pg. 150