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The Complete Keller: WITH "French Laundry Cookbook" AND "Bouchon" [Hardcover]

Thomas Keller
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Book Description

17 Oct 2006
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 receipts 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." Bouchon cooking is about elevating to elegance the simplest ingredients, because the best food isn't necessarily what is served at white-tablecloth restaurants, and the best meals - as most chefs will tell you - don't require the most expensive ingredients or lots of them or lots of steps. The only thing that's required is that you care about all the stages of the process - the slow browning of sliced onion for an onion soup, the proper cutting of the potatoes for a gratin, the right amount of salt on a raw chicken, how long you cook a pot de creme. All the emblematic bistro dishes are here, interpreted and executed as they've never been before.

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  • Hardcover: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan Division of Workman Publishing; Slp edition (17 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157965293X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579652937
  • Product Dimensions: 29.2 x 28.6 x 7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 410,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This handsome boxed edition has been put together to commemorate the printing of the 300,000th copy of THE FRENCH LAUNDRY COOKBOOK and to celebrate the top ratings given to Keller's New York restaurant Per Se from the Michelin Guide and The New York Times. Thomas Keller was named "America's best chef" by Time magazine and is the only person to receive consecutive "best chef" awards. THE FRENCH LAUNDRY COOKBOOK won IACPs "Cookbook of the Year", "Best First Cookbook", and "Best Photography". THE FRENCH LAUNDRY was recently voted the World's top restaurant by Restaurant Magazine.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Quick clear up. This set comprises of both standard individual books, The French Laundry and Bouchon with a nice printed hardboard sleeve (pictured). The addition of the hardboard sleeve to slot both books in along with the price is the only difference in buying both books separately.

Onto the review.
I knew I wanted The French Laundry to challenge myself and take my cooking to another level, but wasn't really drawn to Bouchon particularly (I have a lot of "normal" cookbooks). However when I purchased this from Amazon it was an extra £8 on top of The French Laundry to get Bouchon thrown in (Bouchon RRP £40), so I thought why not and ended up surprised how much I like the Bouchon book.

They are books to bring out at different times. TFL is all about haute cuisine but Bouchon is much more homely cooking (although very refined may I add). I think of Heston's in search of perfection with Bouchon. Down to earth dishes but Keller is not making compromises. The French Onion soup in the book is meant to be the best it can be and that requires time, care and attention. They are by no means quick convenience food recipes, you still need to do some work.

TFL is not for the faint of heart. Read the reviews on the individual TFL page as it is all covered there.

Both books feature a lot of recipes. Only one thing disappointed me slightly and that was some recipes have no picture so you cannot be sure that you have the presentation exactly how Keller does it. I've not marked down for this though as they are big books and more pictures would only make them bigger, maybe a smallish thumbnail shot would be a solution for future books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I was pleased when the books arrived. I was totally absorbed with reading the 2 books when I got them home. Before I know it, I spent over an hour reading it. They are filled with interesting and beautiful recipes from one of the best chef in the world. There are lots of very nice pictures and very easy to read with good cooking tips from Keller.

A word of advise is that this book is not for someone who wants to knock up dinner on your normal weekday in half an hour. They are fairly complicated recipes especially some of the ones in the French Laundry. But dont let this put you off in getting the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Steal! 21 Jan 2011
What more can I say other than buy this now?!
For just over £35, you get one of the most beautiful/influential chef-restaurant books ever published and what is basically a modern authority on classic French bistro cooking.
When I'm stuck for presentation or food pairing ideas or just want to generally drool over some stunningly prepared/presented/photographed food, I turn to The French Laundry Book. When I want to actually cook something at home and am stuck for ideas, I have a leaf through the Bouchon book.
I'll say it again, a steal, worth every penny.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must have 17 May 2009
All of Kellers books are a must have for your collection. Two of the best i have ever owned and a much thumbed book at our restaurant.
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By dino
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It’s an absolute tow in one brilliant book.
Inspiring, informative, educational.
I recommend this book really, to people with a professional interest.
Thank you Amazon.
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