I consumed The Soul of a Chef like a force-fed goose. Yum.
I bought the French Laundry cookbook for my best friend's fortieth birthday, and then got one for myself. It's beyond food porn: it's more like the Vatican's pornography collection. Absolutely beyond the beyond in design, in its clear, almost devotional language, and in every aspect. Congratulations on both books.
My question is, is there anything in TFL cookbook that you yourself have attempted at home? Were you successful? Did you install Persian rugs in your kitchen to create the necessary ambience necessary?
I belong to a group of people who have monthly dinner parties at a house with beautiful gardens (we're near Santa Cruz, California). Each month is a different theme; we've had three so far (Tuscany, Spain and Southern food). They're wonderful, though four or five of us take up the slack for most of the rest in the cooking department. It's fine: we enjoy it.
After the last dinner, three of us who own TFL cookbook posited the notion that we should do a very disciplined dinner, and only invite people who can actually prepare one of the dishes from TFL cookbook—with crackerjack timing and the whole thing. We have some real chefs in our number, and three of us have catered before, so it's not impossible to consider. That's why I ask my question of you. So when we invite you, we'll know what you're bringing.
Seriously, though. I'm wondering what level of cook one would need to be to bring off just one recipe "perfectly." And I know "perfectly" doesn't exist, so I'd settle for making people whimper and lick their plates.
Edit: P. S., I've said this many times to anyone who would listen, your website is beautiful.
Edited by tanabutler, 04 August 2003 - 08:31 PM.