I fell in love with food in France, and when I came back home, I wanted to eat the same way. I went over to my little local bookstore/cookware shop, and I was lucky to find a book by Elizabeth David. I just started cooking out of that book, from beginning to end. It was ‘Summer Cooking’, her Provencal cookbook.
I can’t risk losing my first edition of ‘The French Laundry Cookbook’, which I think is an iconic book. It’ll be around forever; no other American cookbook has encapsulated a chef’s philosophy better than his.