3 Cookbooks That Changed My Life

 
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1. Thomas Keller's French Laundry

Working my way through this book was one of the most fun educational experiences I've ever had. And that includes rainy day indoor recesses where I dominated at Connect 4.

 
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2. Thomas Keller's Bouchon

This book taught me that a few ingredients can make an awesome dinner. Some favorites: gougères (cheesy puff balls), steak frites (my default steak topping is now shallot and thyme), and Atlantic salmon with leeks (pan fried...no need to flip...how easy is that?).

 

3. Maxime Bilet and Nathan Myhrvold's Modernist Cuisine at Home

This book helped me understand the science behind cooking. And that knowledge made me a better cook. Now I *think* about what a technique is trying to accomplish instead of blindly following a recipe. I also use a blowtorch more often. 

 

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