Arthur Schwartz is the dean of NY Food Broadcasters with his (former) long running FOOD TALK show on WOR710 AM radio. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of the NY food scene. In this book, he painstakingly found a way to recreate these legendary recipes. Although he is now semi-retired you can get a dose of his personality and insight in this book
This is my "go to" book for foolproof recipes. Le Cirque's creme brûlée is here and the technique included is an added bonus. The CharleyO's soused shrimp is fabulous, as well as a host of other recipes. In true Arthur form, the detail and the history of the food is encyclopedia like...A real resource for those in the food world and the home cook.