A good friend is getting married and will soon become Mrs. French. Silly me, I'm putting together a French-themed wedding present. She is a good amateur cook with a penchant for expensive big wine, rare steak, oysters, and heavy metal music.
Any recommendations to round out these cookbooks:
Balthazar Cookbook (or Le Cordon Bleu cookbook--too fussy?)
I will pick up one or two very good bottles of red to add to the box. I'm shopping in New York City Any other food- or non-food French items you can think of....