Great Chef/Restaurant Cookbooks

A Listmania! list by Jesse D. Keilson "Cooking and computers - it's what I do" (Rockville, MD USA)
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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."
Ad Hoc at Home
1.  Ad Hoc at Home by Thomas Keller
The list author says:
  "Best American chef.  His best cookbook.  It's much simpler and more approachable than his others, and the cookbook you use is the best to have."
$27.74   Used & New from: $18.37
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)

Alinea
2.  Alinea by Grant Achatz
The list author says:
  "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."
$39.27   Used & New from: $31.50
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

Craft of Cooking: Notes and Recipes from a Restaurant Kitchen
3.  Craft of Cooking: Notes and Recipes from a Restaurant Kitchen by Tom Colicchio
The list author says:
  "Eminently usable cookbook, full of passion for great ingredients prepared in a straightforward way.  Alternatively, try Alice Waters' "The Art of Simple Food" for something a bit less intense."
$26.94   Used & New from: $0.24
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

Happy in the Kitchen
4.  Happy in the Kitchen by Peter Kaminsky
The list author says:
  "A midpoint between Achatz and Colicchio, Richard captures a sense of passion and wonder in his food while still using traditional ingredients and mostly traditional techniques. An overlooked book."
$32.18   Used & New from: $4.57
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

Momofuku
5.  Momofuku by Peter Meehan
The list author says:
  "See my review for more details.  The story of David Chang's restaurant empire and the evolution of his fusion cooking.  Lots of good recipes and techniques in this book."
$27.19   Used & New from: $20.17
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)

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Jesse D. Keilson "Cooking and computers - it's what I do" (Rockville, MD USA)
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Qualifications: Former restaurant cook, still a lover of food and cooking
Last updated: 1/20/11
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