I'm giving away a personalized Twenty and two awesome Spankettes in return for your ideas. Photo by Donna Turner Ruhlman.
Short version: I ask you, cherished reader, what book would you like me to write next?
Update, 5/9, 8 p.m.
: A winner has been chosen using randomizer: Aaron Weiss, a journalist and TV news director in Sioux City, Iowa. Thanks for commenting, Aaron, and for cooking with your family! Thank you everyone. Frankly, I was astonished by all the ideas and fascinated by the patterns. Still making my way through the nearly 500 comments.
My favorite suggestion, got filtered out due to a spam issue, from regular reader and commenter, Bob Tenaglio:
"You're not going to be happy," Bill said. Bill was the editor of Ruhlman's Twenty, the guy who more or less line-drived it into play. I was meeting him at Chronicle's offices for the first time.
"Twenty's going to be sold out."
"I thought you printed a lot of copies."
"It's December 1st, Bill—this is, like, the biggest book-buying month of the year."
Which is why he said I was going to be unhappy. It wasn't even on Kindle yet (which is how I usually read my copy today, because of the search function).
And which is why I'm printing one of my favorite recipes from the book below. And re-promoting it as a Superlative and Timeless Work of Culinary Artistry, as fun to read in bed as it is to cook from. Watch the video some woman I don't know ...
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I've spent nearly a week in the Napa Valley working on the Bouchon Bakery Cookbook. This will be the fifth book in a series led by Thomas Keller that began with The French Laundry Cookbook which is one of the best chef-restaurant cookbooks ever (do we need full dislosure here?). Forget the words I write—these books are truly fine and costly productions, and I think it's important for people to know what goes into books of this magnitude, because so often people don't know. A team of people, from the many at Artisan, an imprint of Workman Publishing, who make beautiful books, to the commis at the restaurants who scale out the mise en place for the recipes for the chefs, and all those in between, including myself.
In 1997, I flew out here to have dinner at the French Laundry and meet Chef Keller, ...
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Posted in baking, Books, Bread, chefs, Desserts, Notes, Pastry, Restaurants, Technique Also tagged bouchon bakery, bouchon photographs, Matthew McDonald, Sebastien Rouxel, thomas keller