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A cookbook must have recipes, but it shouldn't be a blueprint. It should be more inspirational; it should be a guide.
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A kaiseki meal is like that, very small courses over a long period of time.
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Also, it's more healthy - in the Japanese way - to extend the meal for a longer period of time.
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But once in a while you might see me at In and Out Burger; they make the best fast food hamburgers around.
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But the project, from beginning to end, was a little over two years, from the time we wrote the proposal to its publication.
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Food should be fun.
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For me, that's one of the important things about cooking. What was good enough yesterday may not be good enough today.
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Hopefully, imparting what's important to me, respect for the food and that information about the purveyors, people will realize that for a restaurant to be good, so many pieces have to come together.
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I didn't want to be encumbered by what anyone else's abilities were, their equipment or environment or their ability to get certain products.
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I drank more wine when I wasn't working as much, to be honest.
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I have no formal culinary training, right.
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I hope the cooks who are working for me now are getting that kind of experience so they can use what they're learning now as a foundation for a great career.
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I like to drink young wines, wines which are robust and have a lot of forward fruit to them.
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I think every young cook wants to write a book.
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I wanted to learn everything I could about what it takes to be a great chef. It was a turning point for me.
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I wanted to write about what we were doing at the French Laundry, the recipes and the stories.
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In any restaurant of this caliber, the chefs are in the same position, building relationships.
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It wasn't about mechanics; it was about a feeling, wanting to give someone something, which in turn was really gratifying. That really resonated for me.
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It wasn't until 1977 when I met Roland Henin, who became my mentor, more or less, that I understood what cooking was all about.
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It's one thing you aspire to: someday, you'll be able to write a book.
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Let's face it: if you and I have the same capabilities, the same energy, the same staff, if the only thing that's different between you and me is the products we can get, and I can get a better product than you, I'm going to be a better chef.
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My childhood wasn't full of wonderful culinary memories.
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My favorite wines are Zinfandels.
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No, it's funny, when I eat out it's not typically in the kind of restaurants people might imagine.
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Now the restaurants have begun to catch up with the wine-making; there are numerous great restaurants in Napa Valley, and it's wonderful because the people are there for just that: great food and great wine.
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Once you understand the foundations of cooking - whatever kind you like, whether it's French or Italian or Japanese - you really don't need a cookbook anymore.
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One of the problems with writing a cookbook is that recipes exist in the moment.
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Restaurants like the French Laundry can be very intimidating for a lot of people.
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Some of the recipes in the book have evolved for us. Many haven't.
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The book is there for inspiration and as a foundation, the fundamentals on which to build.
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The final menu is printed at four o'clock. Up until that point, we can make changes.
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The law of diminishing returns is something I really believe in.
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The lemon tart, for instance: I've been doing the same lemon tart for fifteen years. I can't make it any better. To me, it's perfect.
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Then, as the day progresses, depending on how the product is coming in - for instance, the fish man will fax us and say black bass is great - throughout the day, we'll also make judgment calls and adapt to what's available.
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They know what my standards are. They know what I need and how to get it to me, and they know how to communicate with me if for some reason they can't get it.
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We go through our careers and things happen to us. Those experiences made me what I am.
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We rely on our purveyors to tell us what's available and what's good.
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We're always trying to make it better.
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When I go out to eat, it's usually something moderate in style.
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Whether it's destiny or fate or whatever, I don't think I could do a French Laundry anywhere else.
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You think about it in an abstract way, but as a young cook, you're looking at other books for recipes, for inspiration, and for ideas.
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You're getting to know who the great chefs are through their books.
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Your idea of that dish has evolved, and if you're a cook, you can start thinking in different ways about it, maybe even a different way than I think about it.
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