In 2000 he wrote what was then a groundbreaking cookbook-manifesto, Think Like a Chef. In it he successfully and clearly deconstructed the chef's craft. It was and is a terrific book, full of recipes and sage advice. In fact, it's the equivalent of a master class from one of our greatest chefs.
Now Think Like a Chef has been reissued in a gorgeous trade paperback edition, and we are giving away five copies in this week's Cook the Book.
To enter, just tell us what your favorite cooking technique is.
The usual Serious Eats contest rules apply.