Thomas Keller is the author of The French Laundry Cookbook, Bouchon, Under Pressure, Ad Hoc at Home, and Bouchon Bakery. 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 among the best restaurants in America and the world. In 2011 he was designated a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, the first American male chef to be so honored. In 2017, as part of the Ment'or BKB Foundation-established with chefs Jerome Bocuse and Daniel Boulud-Keller led Team USA to win the Bocuse d'Or competition in Lyon, France, for the first time ever.
"Recipes, beautiful photographs, and lessons learned from
[Keller's] decades of cooking."
"Inspirational and elaborate. . . . Every elegant page projects
Keller's high standard of 'perfect culinary execution'. . . . This
superb work is as much philosophical treatise as gorgeous
--Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW "The French Laundry, Per Se vividly depicts the synergy between these celebrated kitchens through a series of iconic recipes, personal essays, gorgeous photography, stories about suppliers, and tips on fine cooking techniques. . . . Revelations include [Keller's] approach to sourcing superior ingredients, encouraging young talent, and what it takes to cook and lead a business at the highest level. With nearly 400 pages, The French Laundry, Per Se is a fascinating and eloquent exploration of one of the most significant restaurant relationships in modern times.
--Departures "Culinary demigod Thomas Keller's [new] cookbook . . . is a compendium of signature recipes from his two 3-Michelin star restaurants, an intimate look at how they operate in parallel, as well as a masterclass in fine dining kitchen fundamentals."
--Sunset "If you're looking to level up your home cooking, consider Thomas Keller's new cookbook a masterclass."
--WWD "Keller poured his lifetime of knowledge from The French Laundry and Per Se into this cookbook that includes meticulously detailed recipes for seventy beloved dishes ranging from Smoked Sturgeon Rillettes on an Everything Bagel and Celery Root Pastrami to Steak and Potatoes and Peaches 'n' Cream. There are also a number of recipes for elevated basics like bechamel and ramen broth, along with notes on technique, stories about farmers and purveyors, and revelatory essays from the man himself. This is the foodie book of 2020."
--Cool Material "To peruse The French Laundry, Per Se, it is to fall into a foodie wonderland created by a culinary imagination without borders, at least in terms of the fanciful, the elusive, the startling, the amusing, and the doubtlessly delicious. In this world, even the familiar is something different. . . . It's a book to inspire dreams, like the 2020 version of the old Sears Roebuck 'Dreambook, ' a catalog for foodies as well as young chefs."
--Napa Valley Register