Slate has an interesting article on using chef cookbooks at home.
I own a few chef cookbooks and I don’t really expect the dish to turn out quite the same. I do expect something that tastes good and has the spirit or philosophy of the restaurant.
Sunday Suppers at Lucques: Seasonal Recipes from Market to Table is great. I don’t expect to cook like Suzanne Goin but I do want to experience the all day, Sunday meal vibe and enjoy some good food.
I can get The Big Fat Duck Cookbook for Christmas but I can’t really afford to eat at restaurants like that often. Especially if I have to fly to England.
The article makes a good point that you don’t get the restaurant experience. Sometimes you need an evening out and I absolutely loved going to the Zuni Cafe. But I don’t live in San Francisco and it’s nice to make the Zuni roast chicken whenever I am in the mood for it so I bought The Zuni Cafe Cookbook.