Devout Buddhist, author of the memoir “32 Yolks,” and lauded chef of New York’s three Michelin-starred Le Bernardin, Eric Ripert began his career working under chefs like Joël Robuchon (Jamin) and David Bouley. His talent at food comes from a place of love; his mother “cooked like a Michelin-starred chef every single night,” he told The New York Times. “I cannot eat and think about restriction. When I eat, I eat. I do not understand the idea of guilty pleasure. It’s all about pleasure.” The same could be said for his love of books.
Below are Eric Ripert’s favorite books, available to purchase as a set or individually.
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The Quantum and the Lotus
Matthieu Ricard and Trinh Xuan Thuan
Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard and astrophysicist Trinh Xuan Thuan explore the connections between science and Buddhist philosophy. Taking a scientific and secular approach, the authors explain the Buddhist theory of emptiness: the concept that all beings and events are relational and interconnected and therefore have no separate, absolute reality in space and time. I keep this book on my desk and go back to it often for clarity and inspiration.
My Father’s Glory & My Mother’s Castle
I have a signed copy of “My Father’s Glory” that was given by Pagnol to my father. The author and filmmaker’s story of his youth in the hills of Provence reminds me of many summers I spent there in my early years.
Paul Bocuse’s French Cooking
This 1976 book, still in print in France as La Cuisine du Marché, was a strong inspiration to both my mother and my childhood self. The book played a big part in fueling my passion for food and cooking. I must have read it a thousand times—I fantasized over every recipe when I should have been doing my homework! (Please note this title is currently unavailable.)
$174.73 To the End of the Land
$159.86 Scab Vendor: Confessions of a Tattoo Artist
$178.88 Mindfulness for Beginners
$156.47 The Brigadier and the Golf Widow
$168.89 The Autobiography of Malcom X
as told to Alex Haley
$161.96 The Small Backs of Children
$157.73 Remembrance of Things Past
$181.69 Hope Against Hope
$166.00 The Far Side of the Dollar
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