Reading the NYTimes article about Jacques Pepin today made me want to buy one of his classic books on cooking technique. I see that in 2001 he released "Jacques Pepin's Complete Techniques", which is more or less a compilation of "La Technique" and "La Methode". The reviews are generally great and I think I could learn a lot from it.
However, part of me wants to buy the originals because they are classic. I know they are out of print, but Amazon has some used copies for sale.