Eric Ripert's favorite books

  • Cooking with the Seasons

    It's one of the cookbooks I cherish the most.

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  • The Quantum and the Lotus

    I keep this book on my desk and go back to it often for clarity and inspiration.

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  • Paul Bocuse's French Cooking

    Paul Bocuse's French Cooking

    Paul Bocuse

    The great French chef offers nearly twelve hundred recipes, providing a wide range of dishes for every type of cook and for every occasion and a wide range of preparations for every meat, seafood, vegetable, fruit, and dairy product

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    I must have read it a thousand timesI

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  • Bright Lights, Big City

    Bright Lights, Big City

    Jay McInerney

    You are at a nightclub talking to a girl with a shaved head. The club is either Heartbreak or the Lizard Lounge. All might become clear if you could just slip into the bathroom and do a little more Bolivian Marching Powder. Then again, it might not... So begins our nameless hero's trawl through the brightly lit streets of Manhattan, sampling all this wonderland has to offer yet suspecting that tomorrow's hangover may be caused by more than simple excess. Bright Lights, Big City is an acclaimed classic which marked Jay McInerney as one of the major writers of our time.

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    I instantly felt that energy from the book in the city.

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  • The Prince

    The Prince

    Niccolò Machiavelli

    The classic handbook of statecraft written four centuries ago by an Italian nobleman recommends guile and craftiness to attain and maintain political power.

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    A fascinating study and still wholly relevant.

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  • Paroles


    Jacques Prévert

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    Paroles really spoke to me.

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  • My Father's Glory & My Mother's Castle

    My Father's Glory & My Mother's Castle

    Marcel Pagnol
    Marcel Pagnol's Memories of Childhood
    Performing Arts

    Bathed in the warm clarity of the summer sun in Provence, Marcel Pagnol's childhood memories celebrate a time of rare beauty and delight.Called by Jean Renoir "the leading film artist of his age," Pagnol is best known for such films as The Baker's Wife, Harvest, Fanny, and Topaze, as well as the screen adaptations of his novels Jean de Florette and Manon of the Springs (North Point, 1988). But he never forgot the magic of his Provencal childhood, and when he set his memories to paper late in life the result was a great new success. My Father's Glory and My Mother's Castle appeared on the scene like a fresh breeze, captivating readers with its sweet enchantments. Pagnol recalls his days hunting and fishing in the hill country, his jaunts about Marseilles, his schoolboy diversions, and above all his family: his anticlerical father and sanctimonious uncle, his mild and beautiful mother, and many others. This bright and lively book sparkles with the charm and magic that were Marcel Pagnol's own.

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    reminds me of many summers I spent there in my early years.

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  • Kitchen Confidential

    Kitchen Confidential

    Anthony Bourdain

    After twenty-five years of 'sex, drugs, bad behaviour and haute cuisine', chef and novelist Anthony Bourdain has decided to tell all. From his first oyster in the Gironde to his lowly position as a dishwasher in a honky-tonk fish restaurant in Provincetown; from the kitchen of the Rainbow Room atop the Rockefeller Center to drug dealers in the East Village, from Tokyo to Paris and back to New York again, Bourdain's tales of the kitchen are as passionate as they are unpredictable, as shocking as they are funny.

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    eye-opening and entertaining to read

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