Considering the breadth of major works by noted chefs on the market, it is hard to say which is "the best." But between Thomas Keller's world-renowned skill and the restaurant's international reputation, The French Laundry Cookbook is a logical choice. Rather than simply sharing a bunch of recipes that made the restaurant famous, the book walks the reader through The French Laundry experience, from the eatery's history to the many professional tools the restaurant employs to make its acclaimed cuisine. Of course, there is also an ample amount of the restaurant's signature recipes, from the coronets of salmon tartare to a "surf and turf" of monkfish tail and braised ox tail. The French Laundry Cookbook is fully illustrated with photography by Deborah Jones, whose vibrant pictures bring the recipes to life.