Hi All, Yes this is another x. versus y. post. Between the two, which one provides more technique for the adventurous home cook who isn't worried about the actual recipes in either book. I can follow a recipe and find ingredients, and I do know that Bouchon is more at home friendly. However, in terms of learning more from, which book do you recommend? I have read that Bouchon has a section in the back called "Basics" while The French Laundry does not. Not being able to look in Bouchon, is this section the section that pushes it over the top for me when comparing it to The French Laundry? Disclaimer: I do own Ad Hoc, so if Bouchon's content is exactly what is in Ad Hoc then that might be a factor in this decision. Thank you very much!