to the Sistine Chapel as Thomas Keller is to Fried chicken. OK, I know that sounds a little overboard, but bear with me here.

A few months ago I received an extremely romantic gift from my thoughtful partner, T. No, not flowers or a candlelight dinner—it was an advanced uncorrected proof of Ad Hoc at Home. (He knows me well.) I have an insatiable curiosity about food, but I’ll admit that seeing Thomas Keller’s name emblazoned across the front page left me a bit intimidated. This is the man responsible for The French Laundry, a staple on awards lists that has been named best in the country on the Restaurant Magazine list of Top 50 Restaurants of the World no fewer than five times, and best in the world twice. [Read More]