The French Laundry Cookbook by Thomas KellerThe French Laundry Cookbook by Thomas Keller

The French Laundry Cookbook

byThomas KellerPhotographed byDeborah JonesContribution bySusie Heller

Hardcover | November 15, 1999

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2014 marks the twentieth anniversary of the acclaimed French Laundry restaurant in the Napa Valley—“the most exciting place to eat in the United States” (The New York Times). The most transformative cookbook of the century celebrates this milestone by showcasing the genius of chef/proprietor Thomas Keller himself. Keller 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 Wine Spectator described as “as close to dining perfection as it gets.”


About The Author

Thomas Keller, author of THE FRENCH LAUNDRY COOKBOOK, BOUCHON, UNDER PRESSURE, AD HOC AT HOME, and BOUCHON BAKERY, has six restaurants and five 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 amon...
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Title:The French Laundry CookbookFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 11.31 × 11.25 × 1.25 inPublished:November 15, 1999Publisher:ArtisanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1579651267

ISBN - 13:9781579651268

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Table of Contents


Pleasure and Perfection

The Road to the French Laundry

A Sad Happy Story


About the Chef

When in Doubt, Strain: Notes on How to Use This Book


The Law of Diminishing Returns

The Mushroom Lady



The Importance of Hollandaise

Garden Canapes


Big-Pot Blanching

Hearts of Palm Grower

Tools of Refinement: The Chinois and Tamis



Foie Gras

The Importance of Staff Meal


A Passion for Fish

The Accidental Fishmonger

Cooking Lobster

Beurre Monte: The Workhorse Sauce

Infused Oils


The Importance of Trussing Chicken

Salt and Pepper and Vinegar

Braising and the Virtue of the Process

The Pittsburgh Lamber

Vegetable Cuts

The Importance of Rabbits

The Importance of Offal

Stocks and Sauces

Quick Sauces



The Composed Cheese Course

The Importance of France

The Attorney Cheesemaker


Beginning and Ending

The Ultimate Purveyors


List of Recipes


From Our Editors

Winner of the 2000 IACP Cookbook Award

The French Laundry Cookbook is a cookbook for people with discerning tastes who love to learn how to create culinary magic from maestros, like Keller.