Hubert Keller's SouvenirsStories and Recipes from My Life



Souvenirs is a memoir cookbook written by the multi-talented Hubert Keller: chef, restaurateur, and Frenchman.

Through personal stories and 120 recipes, the book explores his classical training and traces his development as a creative superstar chef. Keller apprentices in a Michelin three star–rated restaurant at the age of 16. He moves from his native Alsace, to southern France, and is inspired by the cuisine of the sun while working with the great French chefs of his time, Roger Vergé, Paul Bocuse, and Gaston Lenôtre. He learns to adapt to challenging new environments in South America, and the United States, and charts his own path into the newest frontiers of the restaurant business. The book is organized by seminal themes in his life; it starts with his family in France, and ends back there in the “Holiday” chapter. The myriad recipes, which have been adapted for the home cook, are intertwined with 125 of Eric Wolfinger’s luscious images of family and friends, food and cuisine, and the places and landscapes of France, Las Vegas, and San Francisco, which all make up chef Keller’s life.

Hubert Keller is known best for his world-renowned restaurants, Fleur de Lys (San Francisco, California), Fleur by Hubert Keller (Las Vegas, Nevada), and Burger Bar (San Francisco, Las Vegas, and St. Louis, Missouri). His imaginative, modern French cuisine has received numerous awards, and he is regarded as one of America’s most talented chefs. His influence extends beyond his restaurant kitchens to the millions of people he reaches through his cookbooks and media appearances, including his own Secrets of a Chef cooking show (PBS), and Top Chef, Top Chef Masters, Top Chef All-Stars, and Top Chef Just Desserts (Bravo). Growing up in Ribeauvillé, Alsace, France, Chef Keller’s passion for the culinary arts ignited early. By 16, Chef Keller knew he wanted to become a professional, and worked as an apprentice under some of the greatest French chefs—Paul Haeberlin, Gaston Lenôtre, Paul Bocuse, and Roger Vergé. For nearly 10 years, he worked throughout France and South America. In 1982, Vergé sent him to San Francisco, to open Sutter 500. In 1986, Chef Keller partnered with his wife and Maurice Rouas to become the chef/owner of Fleur de Lys, which quickly became known as one of the best restaurants in the country.

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