November 1, 1999
November 1, 1999
Thomas Keller, chef/proprieter of the French Laundry in the Napa Valley—"the most exciting place to eat in the United States," wrote Ruth Reichl in The New York Times—is a wizard, a purist, a man obsessed with getting it right. And this, his first cookbook, is every bit as satisfying as a French Laundry meal itself: a series of small, impeccable, highly refined, intensely focused courses.
Most dazzling is how simple Keller's methods are: squeegeeing the moisture from the skin on fish so it sautées beautifully; poaching eggs in a deep pot of water for perfect shape; the initial steeping in the shell that makes cooking raw lobster out of the shell a cinch; using vinegar as a flavor enhancer; the repeated washing of bones for stock for the cleanest, clearest tastes.
From innovative soup techniques, to the proper way to cook green vegetables, to secrets of great fish cookery, to the creation of breathtaking desserts; from beurre monté to foie gras au torchon, to a wild and thoroughly unexpected take on coffee and doughnuts, The French Laundry Cookbook captures, through recipes, essays, profiles, and extraordinary photography, one of America's great restaurants, its great chef, and the food that makes both unique.
One hundred and fifty superlative recipes are exact recipes from the French Laundry kitchen—no shortcuts have been taken, no critical steps ignored, all have been thoroughly tested in home kitchens. If you can't get to the French Laundry, you can now re-create at home the very experience the Wine Spectator described as "as close to dining perfection as it gets."
Thomas Keller, the celebrated chef at the French Laundry, a restaurant in California's wine country, shares his secrets in 150 ****** recipes. They include Yukon Gold Potato Blini, Pot au Feu, Braised Prime Beef Short Ribs with Root Vegetables and Sautéed Bone Marrow, Vanilla-Bean Roasted Figs with Wildflower Honey-Vanilla Ice Cream. Winner of the 1999 Versailles World Cookbook Fair Award for "Best Chef Book."
- Online Item #: 11567780
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 247-00-9090
- ISBN: 9781579651268
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported