The Perfectionist

When three-star chef Bernard Loiseau—a cult figure in France—committed suicide in 2003, the country’s grief was immense. The Perfectionist recounts Loiseau’s career and his seemingly fatal obsession with the Michelin Guide.

The Perfectionist: Life and Death in Haute Cuisine
By Rudolph Chelminski (Gotham, 2005; $20.90 at

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