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The French Laundry Cookbook

Without edits, omissions, or changes, The French Laundry Cookbook ($50) contains 150 recipes directly from the kitchen itself. Though it has been 15 years since its release, it continues to be the all-time favorite cookbook among world-renowned chefs, including Grant Achatz of Alinea. He explains, "When it was published [in 1999], it was way ahead of its time in terms of the format, its physical size, the photography, the layout, and the recipes. When you pick up the book you know right away, even if you've never been to the restaurant, what The French Laundry is all about. There is a recipe in that book, the Oysters and Pearls, that is my favorite dish of all time. Ever. The first time I tasted it was one of those moments in my career when I thought, 'This is why I am cooking.'"

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