If you haven't read this book then you've got a treat coming to you. The author, Michael Ruhlman, is the same guy who wrote Becoming a Chef. I never read that one, but The Soul of a Chef was great. I think I read it in 2 days. It is really three books in one. First it covers the Certified Master Chef Exam, Second he writes about a restaurant in Cleveland named Lola. But the ultimate is the third section which discusses the French Laundry. It made me really want to go into the kitchen and try to be more perfect. I am now constantly asking myself "what would Thomas Keller do?" If anyone asks me what it's like to be a Chef, I tell them to read this book. Some of my other favorites are Culinary Artistry and Becoming a Chef both of these were written by Dornenburg and Page. I know that they have at least one more book but I haven't read it yet. I was at Barnes and Knoble tonight but the store was so disorganized I had trouble finding anything. A chef I once worked for told me to read a book called Burgundy Stars. I have not been able to locate it. Has anyone heard of it?