20100322cococtb.jpgCalling Coco a cookbook would be something of a misnomer. While the book contains many recipes, at its heart it is more of a guide to some of the world's best restaurants and an insight into what's going on in gastronomy today.

In assembling the book, ten chefs from around the world including Mario Batali, Alain Ducasse, Ferran AdriĆ , and Alice Waters were asked to hand-pick chefs they thought to be some of the most influential, innovative, and significant. Within the pages of Coco these chefs share their stories, menus, and recipes.

If you haven't had the pleasure of thumbing through the pages of Coco you can think of it as an illustrated Michelin guide, complete with gorgeous photos, recipes, and wonderfully written stories by the chefs themselves.

This book could be equally at home in the kitchen, on the coffee table, or on your bedside table. It's an aspirational cookbook, one that transports you to the best restaurants in the world enables you to replicate their dishes at home, which is exactly what we are going to be doing this week.

Win 'Coco'

Thanks to the generous folks over at Phaidon, we are giving away five (5) copies of Coco this week. All you have to do is tell us about a chef that you would nominate for Coco in the comments section below.

Five (5) people will be chosen at random among the eligible comments below. We're sorry, but entry is only open to residents of the U.S. and Canada. Comments will close Monday, March 29 at noon ET. The standard Serious Eats contest rules apply.

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