The Essential Thomas Keller: The French Laundry Cookbook & Ad Hoc at Home [Box Set] [Hardcover]

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The Essential Thomas Keller: The French Laundry Cookbook & Ad Hoc at Home [Box Set] [Hardcover] [Hardcover]

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Book Description

October 1, 2010
Two award-winning books in one box offer a lifetime of learning for anyone who loves fine food.

 From two acclaimed restaurants came two of the most acclaimed, award-winning cookbooks ever published—now packaged together in a luxurious slipcased boxed set, the ideal holiday gift for any food lover. 

First there was French Laundry in Napa Valley, setting a new standard for American fine dining. Then there was The French Laundry Cookbook, setting a new standard for American cookbooks. In 2006, Chef Keller opened Ad Hoc, his casual family-style restaurant that serves a single menu a day, and that restaurant, too, gave birth to a groundbreaking cookbook, in fact a New York Times best seller.

Whereas Ad Hoc at Home offers a huge happiness-inducing collection of family-style recipes that includes lunch-counter favorites—lemon meringue and cherry pie; such classics as Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Herbed Rack of Lamb, plus Thomas’s mom’s coconut cake and his dad’s favorite meatballs—The French Laundry Cookbook is a culinary ode to finesse. Every recipe in it has become a classic: from Keller’s Salmon Cornets to his Oysters and Pearls and Butter-Poached Lobster. From the casual but carefully considered food of Ad Hoc at Home to The French Laundry Cookbook’s recipes at their most refined, this is cooking that delivers in taste, and makes us all better cooks.

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About the Author

Thomas Keller, author of The French Laundry CookbookBouchonUnder Pressure, Ad Hoc at Home, and Bouchon Bakery, has thirteen restaurants and bakeries in the United States. He is the first and only American chef to have two Michelin Guide three-star-rated restaurants, The French Laundry and per se, both of which continue to rank among the best restaurants in America and the world. In 2011 he was designated a Chevalier of The French Legion of Honor, the first American male chef to be so honored. 

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan; Slp edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579654371
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579654375
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 11.6 x 2.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

Thomas Keller, author of The French Laundry Cookbook, Bouchon, Under Pressure, and Ad Hoc at Home has been honored with innumerable awards, from an honorary doctorate to outstanding restaurateur to chef of the year (for successive years). His two Michelin Guide three-star-rated restaurants, French Laundry and Per Se, continue to vie for best restaurant in America and for ranking among the top five eateries in the world. Ad Hoc, his casual family-style restaurant, opened in 2006.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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So far I have made 5-6 dishes from the Ad Hoc cookbook of this set. And they turned out to be fantastic. A word of caution: you'll need to read at least the recipe at least twice to be better prepared. For example, potato pave would require at least overnight in the fridge to have a better presentation. Other than that, the ingredients are not hard to obtain (no truffles required!!) and the result product is fantastics(at least that's what my significant other told me...) I'm planning to try every single recipe in this Ad Hoc cookbook. As for the French Laundry cookbook -- I have to admit that I haven't tried nor looked at it, but the pictures are surely beautiful! Don't forget to try the herb-crusted lamb, potato pave, leek bread pudding, and the cupcakes!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Thomas Keller January 7, 2013
By Magila
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We had been eying these two cookbooks for ages. After purchasing them as a gift for my spouse, she has not put them down in weeks. I was really debating between this Essential Thomas Keller, and this - the Complete Thomas Keller The Complete Thomas Keller: The French Laundry Cookbook & Bouchon. I am so glad I made the decision I did. (In the end, I did also purchase Bouchon Bakery).

The difference, as you can read, is that **Essential comes with Ad Hoc**, and ++Complete comes with Bouchon++.

Ad Hoc is Thomas Keller's accessible, home cook cookbook. Sure, accessible to him is not the same as, say, Rachel Ray, but the recipes are really quite delicious and achievable. Bouchon, on the other hand, is modeled after Keller's accessible restaurant, Bouchon. This was a way to open up quality French bistro-type food without breaking the bank at The French Laundry. So, both compilations have an accessible cookbook, and The French Laundry. For our taste, we found Ad Hoc to be a little better for our needs (the emphasis on family instead of creating French bistro-style food at home).

If my wife ever turned up missing, I would need to look for her at The French Laundry. She is enamored with Keller, and his style of writing is superb. He mixes personal anecdotes with recipes, and at the onset says something like "you might find many of these recipes (in the French Laundry) will be out of your reach when you begin. That's ok. Keep at it. We have not watered down our recipes, you have the real thing, and they will take time to perfect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gems! December 1, 2012
By V. Mún
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I bought these as a Valentine's Day present for my boyfriend who's a chef and not only did we receive it to our door in two days, but it was beautifully gift wrapped. The books are gorgeous filled with colorful pictures and designs which compliment all the great readings. I loved Ad Hoc, it has such a heartwarming feeling and is filled with little stories that show us Keller's philosophy in life and of course in the kitchen. The French Laundry has breathtaking mouthwatering pictures and everything just screams elegance and sophistication, I loved how they emphasize the importance of respecting products above everything and all the little yet significant details that make a product more special, like the story about fish. My boyfriend loved them. I think they're great books to add to a chef's library.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ad Hoc Rocks my world!!! August 15, 2011
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Ordered this book at Christmas and I have used it AT LEAST once a week since! Every recipe we've tried has turned out incredibly yummy! The French Laundry recipes are a little extreme for my cooking abilities, but anyone who loves to cook good home food will LOVE ad hoc! I can honestly say i think it was the best purchase I've ever made! If you do get the book--- try the potato pave and the fried chicken! You wont regret it...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny! February 15, 2014
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Ad Hoc is a beautiful cookbook! The illustrations are wonderful and the recipes are excellent. Worth every penny spent! French Laundry isn't quite as nice and the recipes aren't as user friendly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas Gift, Great Value December 31, 2013
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This was purchased for my son as a gift for Christmas. He is studying culinary and business in college. Both books are awesome not only for someone in the culinary field but for the novice as well. The price was significantly lower than a culinary store in the mall.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keller IS Essential. April 2, 2013
By Steve
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For you foodies out there, this is great stuff - chefs, gotta have it. Keller's approach to his books are fun and educational. Laid out in easy terms. Inspiration on every page and I feel like I am a better cook just for reading through! Let me tell you - these recipes will increase your guest list for dinner parties - people will be banging down you door!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing March 12, 2013
By Pamala
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I was so excited for this, and it did not disappoint. I will have fun cooking my way through these.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful books in "new" condition
And that's how they will stay. I enjoy leafing through them sometimes, but they just aren't the kind of books I cook from. Read more
Published 8 months ago by S. Schultz
5.0 out of 5 stars great books!
awesome recipes, as a chef i really admire Thomas Keller and will be using some of the recipes and tips and tricks from these books. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Conor Casey
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Gift for a Foodie!
Thomas Keller knows his stuff! The Ad Hoc cookbook is always my go to for any type of entertaining I do. What a great gift as well!
Published 13 months ago by E. Grimes
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book for serious home cooks
Thomas Keller is the best!! Love this family pack. I don't think these books are for the real beginners in the kitchen, but they are more for the enthusiast ones out there like me,... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Claysandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Food porn at its best
I looked forward to reading the french laundry cookbook for a long time and this set was fantastic because I was able to explore Ad Hoc as well. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Classy Book
Very nice and got some good detail. Also the recipes were created using just regular stove and cooking hardware and the instructions are very easy to follow. Great book.
Published on May 26, 2012 by P
5.0 out of 5 stars French laundry & Ad Hoc
French laundry remains the classic it always was and what a wonderful surprise for me, is Ad Hoc. It's incredibaly useful for planning and cooking every day. Read more
Published on September 27, 2011 by Carole
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