The list author says: "Lots of chefs put out cookbooks. Unfortunately, while these chefs may be able to make great food, they're not necessarily writers, and more importantly, can't necessarily convey both the food and the passion through the book. This list is my top 5 cookbooks from great American chefs. Lots of people will disagree - too bad. I like to see detailed recipes, an explanation of technique and a real passion for food."
"One of the great innovators in American cuisine. Not for the fainthearted, this cookbook is nearly unusable for most cooks. The concepts behind the food are some of the most exciting in any cookbook."