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What's On the Back Bar at The French Laundry?

For more than 18 years, Thomas Keller's acclaimed French Laundry in Yountville, CA did just fine without a spirits program. (It's hard for people to be disappointed by Champagne in the garden and a cornet of salmon tartare.) But after a quiet launch in February, this May they officially announced their first forays into hard alcohol, focusing on a library of super-rare bottles. More

Bake the Book: Bouchon Bakery

In the pantheon of modern chefs, Thomas Keller has carved out a unique niche for himself. A signature combination of passion and whimsy infuses his work, making his vision edible. The Bouchon Bakery cookbook, co-authored by Keller's executive pastry chef Sebastien Rouxel, is an amalgamation of French and American baked goods. It's as much of a pleasure to pore through Bouchon Bakery as it is to bake from it. Any effort you make will be richly rewarded. More

Thomas Keller's Chicken Breasts with Tarragon

As tough as chicken breasts can be to cook—there's no fat or bone to help mitigate dryness—a pounded chicken "paillard" is as easy. It's a technique that becomes a no-brainer once you learn it, whenever sauteeing the old boneless, skinless standby. By pounding the breast into uniform thickness and watching carefully, you can turn out a surprisingly moist cutlet with plenty of caramelized surface area. Add a delicious pan sauce—this time, by one Thomas Keller—and it's a solid dinner, indeed. More

Dinner Tonight: Thomas Keller's Chicken Breasts with Tarragon

As tough as chicken breasts can be to cook—there's no fat or bone to help mitigate dryness—a pounded chicken "paillard" is as easy. It's a technique that becomes a no-brainer once you learn it, whenever sauteeing the old boneless, skinless standby. By pounding the breast into uniform thickness and watching carefully, you can turn out a surprisingly moist cutlet with plenty of caramelized surface area. Add a delicious pan sauce—this time, by one Thomas Keller—and it's a solid dinner, indeed. More

Video Clip from Thomas Keller Documentary

Thomas Keller's food might speak for itself, but we're always excited to find out more about the man underneath those chef's whites. Last week KCET aired a short documentary on the chef who graduated from "the culinary school of minimum wage jobs." Did anyone get to watch it? Here's a short two-minute clip, which features a peek into Keller's slightly barren but extremely organized home kitchen (some of his unused pots were still in wrappers). He admits that he gets his slightly OCD nature from his mother. More

Mixed Review: Ad Hoc Cobbler Mix

July is the peak season for luscious berry and stone fruit desserts. And while a picture-perfect lattice-top pie is sure to be a showstopper, crisps and cobblers are a whole lot easier to make—you don't have to worry about finicky crusts or slices that fall apart. Williams-Sonoma sells a mix based on the cobbler served at Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc restaurant. Since TK was involved, I had a hunch the cobbler would be delicious. But would it be easier than making cobbler from scratch? And would it be worth the $10 price tag? More

Provençal White Bean Dip

While in Napa recently, I found and loved a white bean dip at Thomas Keller's Bouchon in Yountville, which came served with pain epi. It was creamy, mild, and mellow, but not bland at all. And it had a distinct advantage over butter—I could slather on as much as I wanted without guilt. More

Leek Bread Pudding

The following recipe is from the February 11 edition of our weekly recipe newsletter. To receive this newsletter in your inbox, sign up here! Leave it to Thomas Keller to come up with a side dish that transforms simple leeks... More

Cook the Book: Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies were worlds away from Chips Ahoy and remarkable different from the classic Toll House version that so many of us find synonymous with chocolate chip cookies. Their incredible depth of flavor might make you pause and think about the ingredients. For a humble chocolate chip cookie that's a pretty incredible feat. More

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