The French Laundry Cookbook

The French Laundry Cookbook

by Thomas Keller
Original publisher
Artisan
Date of publication
1999
ISBN
1579651267
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Christopher Archambault

Christopher Archambault

Chef

The French Laundry restaurant is a culinary benchmark recorded forever in this sacred book. A flawless must have made marvelous by the great technician and zen monk of cookery, Thomas Keller, the masterful food writer Michael Ruhlman and ground breaking photographer Deborah Jones. The detail, format and sheer style of this and Keller’s proceeding books set him apart from the tight pack at the top. This book presents one with some of the very best food devised, in such a way that much can be recreated with success in the home kitchen by a savvy cook. Buy it now.

Lisa Q. Fetterman

Lisa Q. Fetterman

Cofounder and CEO of Nomiku

An iconic book that in many ways is the quintessential fine dining restaurant book. Nothing that came before comes close to matching the way it truly encapsulates the spirit and ethos of a great restaurant at the height of its powers. Aside from being hugely influential on all restaurant books since, it features a parable in which Thomas Keller murdalizes a bunny rabbit, which is basically the best, weirdest thing ever.

Dan Toombs

Dan Toombs

Food writer

I’ve been cooking as far back as I can remember. In 2000 my mum sent me a copy of this cookbook. It was everything I had always wanted in a cookbook. I think I’ve made every recipe in the book, some many times. The techniques I learned from The French Laundry have helped me to progress as a cook and inspired me to take many of my own recipes to the next level.

Ivan Orkin

Ivan Orkin

Chef

This book was very inspirational when trying to find my path for the ramen shop. Good cooking is paying attention to detail and if it's one thing Thomas Keller does it's pay attention to detail. And the story about the rabbits has never left me!

Charlie Lee-Potter

Charlie Lee-Potter

Writer, broadcaster and academic

I don't get the hang of people who complain about cookery books that are so complicated that the recipes are impossible to make at home. Isn't that the point? To teach us something we didn't know and might not be able to achieve, even if we do.

Matt Goulding

Matt Goulding

Co-founder of Roads & Kingdoms and author of Rice, Noodle, Fish: Deep Travels Through Japan’s Food Culture

The benchmark by which all other restaurant cookbooks shall forever be judged, filled with gorgeous photography, fantastic writing, and the kinds of deep kitchen thinking that will forever alter the way its readers cook.

Rukmini Iyer

Rukmini Iyer

Food stylist and food writer

An amazing insight into the very best of restaurant cooking, with some of the recipes surprisingly achievable at home (with patience and time). Wonderful for reference as well.

Graham Garrett

Graham Garrett

Chef and owner of The West House

I still love this book as much as the first time I saw it. It made me realise the importance of the produce above technique. so much more than just a coffee table book.

Andy Ricker

Andy Ricker

Chef/Owner Pok Pok Restaurants

My first glimpse into modern, super technique heavy recipes, and a the Deep Throat of cookbooks, kicking off food porn as we know it today.

Bronte Aurell

Bronte Aurell

Co-owner of ScandiKitchen

Okay, I rarely cook from it as the recipes take more time than allows a busy mother who runs her own business, but WOW its amazing.

John Birdsall

John Birdsall

Food Writer

The recipes turn precise technique into joyful expression, an approach that has come to drive more than fine dining cookbooks.

Darren Purchese

Darren Purchese

Chef and owner, Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio

This book has inspired me throughout my career, way ahead of its time.

James Winter

James Winter

Executive Editor, Saturday Kitchen

The greatest chef in the world lays down his how he does it.

Andrew Dargue

Andrew Dargue

Executive chef/owner

I love the honesty and attention to detail in this book.

Donovan Cooke

Donovan Cooke

Executive Chef and co-owner, The Atlantic Restaurant

Recommended by me...and everyone else it seems.

Russell Brown

Russell Brown

Founder of Creative about Cuisine

A book about absolute attention to detail.

Daniel Galmiche

Daniel Galmiche

Chef

Very well made, lovely idea, very French.

Jonathon Sawyer

Jonathon Sawyer

Chef/Owner The Greenhouse Tavern, Noodlecat, Trentina, Tavern Vinegar Co. Cleveland, OH

Truly the best modern American cookbook

Daniel Doherty

Daniel Doherty

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Philip Howard

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Scott Hallsworth

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Martin Benn

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Jonah Straus

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Barry Smith

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Maxime Bilet

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Robin Gill

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Brad McDonald

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Tomer Amedi

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Peter Gilmore

Peter Gilmore

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Paul A Young

Paul A Young

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Chris Chamberlain

Chris Chamberlain

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Ben Milgate

Ben Milgate

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David Gillmore

David Gillmore

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Carianne Wilkinson

Carianne Wilkinson

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Vikas Khanna

Vikas Khanna

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Gavin Kaysen

Gavin Kaysen

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Russ Parsons

Russ Parsons

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Tyson Cole

Tyson Cole

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Michael Symon

Michael Symon

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Alexander Talbot

Alexander Talbot

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Luke Mangan

Luke Mangan

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Jeff Galvin

Jeff Galvin

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Paul Liebrandt

Paul Liebrandt

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Michael Rantissi

Michael Rantissi

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Chase Kojima

Chase Kojima

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James Lowe

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David Moore

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Anthony Power

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Béatrice Peltre

Béatrice Peltre

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Sue Carter

Sue Carter

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Andrew McConnell

Andrew McConnell

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Adam D’Sylva

Adam D’Sylva

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John Campbell

John Campbell

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Alexander Rozin

Alexander Rozin

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Jason Atherton

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Ben Spalding

Ben Spalding

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Sabrina Ghayour

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Taylor Hall

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Gary Rhodes

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Chris Young

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Andrew Blake

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Justin Burdett

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Michael Leviton

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Aleksandra Mojsilovic

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David Higgs

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Raymond Blanc

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Andrew Pern

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Jamie Bissonnette

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Dan Hong

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Grant King

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Gabriel Rucker

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David Waltuck

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Matt Abé

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Candy Argondizza

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George Kao

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Michel Richard

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Brian Polcyn

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Dalton Wilson

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Neven Maguire

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Adam Byatt

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Garrett Byrne

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Marc Vetri

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Noam Ben-Ami

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Mark Greenaway

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Ben Crittenden

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Daniel Klein

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