This may seem like a ridiculous statement to make, but I honestly believe that The French Laundry Cookbook is the most educational cookbook I own.
As a home cook who is pretty comfortable with a wide range of cooking techniques and ingredients and who is (I think) relatively skilled in the kitchen, I don’t generally look at cookbooks as learning tools, but as inspirational ones – if I’m looking for meal ideas, the cookbook shelf is one of the favorite places to look. And of course, the FLC has inspiring recipes in spades. But for me, the greatest value in cooking out of this book is the wealth of information, techniques, and advice from master Chef Thomas Keller that allow me to hone and perfect the skills I already have and bump my cooking up to the next level. Continue reading