This cookbook provides 150 recipes exactly as they are used at Keller's restaurant. It is also his culinary manifesto, in which he shares the unique creative processes that led him to invent Peas and Carrots--a succulent pillow of a lobster paired with pea shoots and creamy ginger-carrot sauce--and other high-wire culinary acts. It offers unimagined experiences, from extracting chlorophyll to use in coloring sauces to a recipe for chocolate cake accompanied by red beet ice cream and a walnut sauce. You are urged to follow Keller's recipes precisely and also to view them as blueprints. To keep them alive, they must be infused with your own commitment to perfection and pleasure, as you define those terms.
Keller's story, shared through the writing of Michael Ruhlman, shows how this chef was both born and made. After winning rave reviews when he was still in his 20s, it took a more experienced chef throwing a knife at him because he did not know how to truss a chicken to open his eyes to the importance of the discipline and techniques of classical French cooking. To acquire these fundamental skills, he apprenticed at eight of the finest restaurants in France.
Grounded in classic technique, Keller's cooking is characterized by traditional marriages of ingredients, assembled in breathtakingly daring new ways, such as Pearls and Oyster, glistening caviar and oysters served on a bed of creamy pearl tapioca. Continually piquing the palate, his meals are a procession of 5 to 10 dishes, all small portions vibrantly composed. For example, Pan Roasted Breast of Squab with Swiss Chard, Seared Foie Gras, and Oven-Dried Black Figs require just three birds to serve six. The result: you are never sated, always stimulated.
The 200 photographs by Deborah Jones include more than just beauty shots: they show how to prepare various dishes; how Keller, shown stroking a whole salmon, respects his ingredients; and how the perfection of baby fava beans still nestled in the downy lining of their succulent pod, or the seduction of an abundance of fresh caviar, calls out the best from the chef. --Dana Jacobi
Classic cookbook with timeless stories and recipes. Beautiful pictures and emphasis on proper tools, techniques and quality food for perfection. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amy
Pretty. Lovely photography. Good reading, Zen-like. just the thing for a Sunday afternoon browse or to place on a coffee table for guests. *Not* terribly useful. Read morePublished 2 months ago by North to Alaska
Our 2nd copy, our younger son took the first copy. A must book for foodiesPublished 2 months ago by David Biscoe
This is a beautiful cookbook. I had the chance to eat at the French Laundry about 10 or 12 years ago and it was a wonderful experience (I don't think I could afford it now, so... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jane Rosenthal
I love this book. I wanted it for over a year but could not bring myself to pay the $50 price tag at the big Book Store.Published 3 months ago by susan w.