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Next cookbook purchase after The French Laundry cookbook

Robenco15 | Aug 11, 201306:12 PM

Hello All,

New to the forums here but long time lurker. Now while the title might suggest that I've cooked through The French Laundry, that is in no way the case. I have cooked many recipes from it; cheese courses, desserts, canapes, first courses, and entrees. In the past few months I've cooked at least one dish from the book each week. I love, love, love it. In no way am I bored with it and am looking forward to continue cooking from it. But I am also looking for another french cook book that continues on the excellence that Thomas Keller has instilled in his cook books, while pushing the modern envelope.

Alinea is a book I looked at, checked out of the library, and decided against it for now. I just don't have the room or equipment for what some of those recipes entail. I also don't have that much interest in them right now.

Eleven Madison Park is a book I looked at and checked out of my library and enjoyed, but found some of it to be too involved for me in terms of the many, many, many ingredients and I also don't have all of the equipment and won't for awhile.

A book I am very interested in is Pascal Barbot's L'Astrance. From what I have been able to gather, it is somewhat inbetween EMP and Alinea. I am also not that interested in it if there are many asian aspects to the food as that is something that does not interest me as much (but I don't know for sure if there are asian aspects to the recipes, just going off of what I see of his dishes in google images).

So basically, I am looking for some modern french cuisine cook book recommendations that seem like a logical step after doing much of The French Laundry. And if anyone has more information about L'Astrance that would also be greatly appreciated! Look forward to hearing from you all!

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