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A Listmania! list by Philip "chef-at-heart" (UK)
 
The French Laundry Cookbook
1.  The French Laundry Cookbook by Thomas Keller
The list author says:
  "The best chef in the world ? The restaurant at the top of my wish list. Beautiful food cooked with passion and precision."
20.00   Used & New from: 15.45
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

Chez Panisse Cafe Cookbook
2.  Chez Panisse Cafe Cookbook by Alice L. Waters
The list author says:
  "Local food grown by local people. The sustainability / traceability restaurant. Well written with some great stories. No photos though."
22.99   Used & New from: 10.42
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

A Chef for All Seasons
3.  A Chef for All Seasons by Gordon Ramsay
The list author says:
  "Hard to choose a favourite Ramsay...they're all inspiring. Recipes that challenge your planning and cooking skills. Cook these for people who love great food. Serve and wait for the mmmm's."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Cooking at the Merchant House
4.  Cooking at the Merchant House by Shaun Hill
The list author says:
  "Well thumbed. Lemon chicken and butterscotch tart to fight over. Great story of re-invention."
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Appetite: So What Do You Want to Eat Today?
5.  Appetite: So What Do You Want to Eat Today? by Nigel Slater
The list author says:
  "Bit bored ? Looking for tasty, hearty food to be cooked with a smile and without weighing anything ? Try this for inspiration. He really loves food."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

Rick Stein's Food Heroes
6.  Rick Stein's Food Heroes by Rick Stein
The list author says:
  "Scrummy roast goose and chinese crispy pork from that fish man. Great suppliers of food that tastes like it should."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Easy Sushi
7.  Easy Sushi by Emi Kazuko
The list author says:
  "After looking at many options, this is the best starter book for sushi I could find. Surprise yourself with how easy this stuff can be."
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2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Le Cordon Bleu Complete Cookery Techniques: With over 200 Basic Recipes from the World's Most Famous Culinary School
8.  Le Cordon Bleu Complete Cookery Techniques: With over 200 Basic Recipes from the World's Most Famous Culinary School by Jeni Wright
The list author says:
  "I was brought up on Delia but this provides the next step for aspiring toque heads. I trained here, so I'm deeply biased, but all this stuff works if you want to increase your skills."
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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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The Professional Chef
9.  The Professional Chef by The Culinary Institute of America
The list author says:
  "If the Cordon Bleu book doesn't quite do it for you, this is the pro's bible from the States. Recipes for serving 20 and virtually every basic dish for the Escoffier inclined."
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen
10.  On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen by Harold McGee
The list author says:
  "What's happening when food is browning and how do hen's make eggs ? These and many other foodie mysteries explained. Some complex bits but mostly fascinating. Buy for your aspiring chef as a surprise."
Used & New from: 11.66
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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The River Cottage Cookbook
11.  The River Cottage Cookbook by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
The list author says:
  "Lifestyle luvvie. My alternate dream when the restaurant one goes titsup again. Fresher than fresh food."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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In the Devil's Garden: A Sinful History of Forbidden Food
12.  In the Devil's Garden: A Sinful History of Forbidden Food by Stewart Lee Allen
The list author says:
  "A book to dip in and out of. All religious services are about a man dressed as a chef serving a snack! Historical eclecticism."
9.40   Used & New from: 1.57
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

The Man Who Ate Everything: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Food, But Were Afraid to Ask
13.  The Man Who Ate Everything: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Food, But Were Afraid to Ask by Jeffrey Steingarten
The list author says:
  "World wide food and why we eat / worship it. Maybe even more fascinating than Devils Garden."
6.29   Used & New from: 0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

The Raw and the Cooked: Adventures of a Roving Gourmand
14.  The Raw and the Cooked: Adventures of a Roving Gourmand by Jim Harrison
The list author says:
  "The mad gourmand. Tough to get into his style of writing but rewarding and shocking when you do. Ooh my toes."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Dear Francesca: An Italian Journey of Recipes Recounted with Love
15.  Dear Francesca: An Italian Journey of Recipes Recounted with Love by Mary Contini
The list author says:
  "Terrible Pavlovian reaction. Saliva everywhere. Now want to cook Italian, not French, errr.....Lovely book."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

Kitchen Confidential
16.  Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
The list author says:
  "The antidote to cheffy aspirations. I prefered this to Cook's Tour although that's a cracking read as well."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

The Soul of a Chef: The Journey Toward Perfection
17.  The Soul of a Chef: The Journey Toward Perfection by Michael Ruhlman
The list author says:
  "A must read for French Laundry addicts and other aspiring techno chefs. Making of a Chef is also excellent if you wannabe...."
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

The Devil's Larder
18.  The Devil's Larder by Jim Crace
The list author says:
  "Stories of food and sex, food and revenge, food and general weirdness. Wonderful."
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3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

The Debt To Pleasure
19.  The Debt To Pleasure by John Lanchester
The list author says:
  "A story that has stayed with me for years. Unputdownable."
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Delia's Complete Cookery Course - Classic Edition: Vol 1-3 in 1v
20.  Delia's Complete Cookery Course - Classic Edition: Vol 1-3 in 1v by Delia Smith
The list author says:
  "Auntie Delia is still madame reliable. Where would we be without her ? THE first cook book."
7.00   Used & New from: 0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (250 customer reviews)

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
21.  Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser
The list author says:
  "If you want to put someone off McDonalds, give them this. Yeuch but fascinating."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)

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In Search of Perfection
22.  In Search of Perfection by Heston Blumenthal
The list author says:
  "Mad but oddly inspiring. Heston is, definitely, out there as a kitchen clinician. Well written if a little short on passion and taste description. Wish he would get the Fat Duck book done."
20.40   Used & New from: 0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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