Cookbook Gift Guide 2009

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Ad Hoc at Home features recipes for family-style meals from Thomas Keller's restaurant in Napa Valley: try split pea and ham hock soup, fig-stuffed roasted pork loin, and curried cauliflower and chickpea salad. It's coffee-table-worthy, but shows a playful side with chalkboard illustrations, step-by-step techniques, and practical cooking tips.
Ad Hoc at Home, $50