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I held my breath when I heard there was going to be a Momofuku cookbook. Restaurant cookbooks are always a tricky proposition, a tenuous juggling act of self-praises. Inevitably, the chef, the restaurant's philosophy, the restaurant itself, and (often an afterthought) the food, are all forced on us as individually iconic elements of culinary history — whether or not they actually are. It's a rare restaurant that deserves the temporary immortality of a cookbook, and rarer still that a cookbook really does capture that restaurant's essence. When it does all come together, it's glorious — French Laundry, Alinea, The Zuni Cafe Cookbook. And when it doesn't — well, I'll spare the dignity of those restaurants that put out books without bringing anything to the table. They know who they are.

I held my breath when I heard there was going to be a Momofuku cookbook. Restaurant cookbooks are always a tricky proposition, a tenuous juggling act of self-praises. Inevitably, the chef, the restaurant's philosophy, the restaurant itself, and (often an afterthought) the food, are all forced on us as individually iconic elements of culinary history — whether or not they actually are. It's a rare restaurant that deserves the temporary immortality of a cookbook, and rarer still that a cookbook really does capture that restaurant's essence. When it does all come together, it's glorious — French Laundry, Alinea, The Zuni Cafe Cookbook. And when it doesn't — well, I'll spare the dignity of those restaurants that put out books without bringing anything to the table. They know who they are.

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    I held my breath when I heard there was going to be a Momofuku cookbook. Restaurant cookbooks are always a tricky proposition, a tenuous juggling act of self-praises. Inevitably, the chef, the restaurant's philosophy, the restaurant itself, and (often an afterthought) the food, are all forced on us as individually iconic elements of culinary history — whether or not they actually are. It's a rare restaurant that deserves the temporary immortality of a cookbook, and rarer still that a cookbook really does capture that restaurant's essence. When it does all come together, it's glorious — French Laundry, Alinea, The Zuni Cafe Cookbook. And when it doesn't — well, I'll spare the dignity of those restaurants that put out books without bringing anything to the table. They know who they are.

    So a Momofuku cookbook had the potential to fail spectacularly. David Chang and Momofuku (I mean the brand — let's not put too fine a point on assigning responsibility to one restaurant or another) completely changed the restaurant landscape. They upended the rules for plating, flavor pairings, service, restaurant design, reservations, even menu organization. Unless the Momofuku cookbook managed to perfectly capture the wild, haphazard magic that enabled every element of that mammoth game-changing, it was going to bomb. Hard. But the moment of truth has a way of always arriving: I've had Momofuku (), by Chang and Peter Meehan, sitting in front of me for quite a while now, I've read it cover to cover at least three times, and there really is no other way to put it: this book is awesome.