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May 6, 2010 04:08 PM

Thomas Keller in San Diego

For those who are interested: Thomas Keller will be in San Diego for a book signing at the Williams-Sonoma (UTC) Thursday 05/13 12pm.

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  1. I would buy a couple of his books if he would secure me a reservation for 2 at the FL ;-)

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    1. re: 4wino

      If you are a little bit flexible with your times I don't think it is so difficult anymore to get reservations at FL

      1. re: 4wino

        The Ad Hoc and Bouchon cookbooks are excellent and appropriate for amateurs. The FL book is much more complicated. BTW, Williams Sonoma carries sauces and some other things from Ad Hoc which are also excellent.

      2. Just to add... he'll only sign books purchased at the Williams-Sonoma. Makes me a little bitter since I already have all of them.

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        1. re: geekyfoodie

          That is not so bueno. I love ad hoc.

          1. re: geekyfoodie

            Just a thought geeky, give your unsigned book as a gift to a friend and buy a new book and get it signed to keep for yourself.

            1. re: cstr

              I prepaid for 2 books-- total $108. At Amazon they sell them, sans signature, for $27.50 per, no tax, no shipping. Ouch!

                1. re: 4wino

                  Oh yah, that's worth an Ouch!

                2. re: cstr

                  I thought about doing that, cstr, but I bought mine on Amazon for some ungodly small sum. While I love Thomas Keller... I'm also a cheap bastard. And cheap bastardy wins this time.

                  If y'all go, post about it! And pictures!

                  FYI to anyone who loves the little bouchons (the cork-shaped chocolate cakes) from Bouchon... W-S sells the molds. I was beside myself when I saw them b/c the cookbook says that they use custom-made molds and I was wondering where in the world I'd find a similar mold.

                  1. re: geekyfoodie

                    Frugal geeky, sounds better than cheap with the same end result.

              1. I went, crazy long 2 hour long line. The people who'll get the books, better be super nice to me!!!

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                1. re: 4wino

                  lame...not worth standing in line and asked to show receipt to get signed, already have the books just let me get them signed! Forget willams sonoma and their $20 4 oz. bottles of sea salt and weak Shun knives.Maybe next time Mr. Keller

                  1. re: 4wino

                    Me too. Chef Keller was very nice when I finally got through though. And it seemed like the having to buy the book at Williams-Sonoma was more of a threat than an actual requirement because I saw plenty of people get books signed that weren't bought there. When I got mine signed he even muddled something under his breath wondering why the W-S people stated that.

                    1. re: DougOLis

                      To WS it's all about their marketing and sales, they frown on bringing goods (books) from another source.

                    2. re: 4wino

                      Did not appreciate the requirement to buy from W-S, and the pricing of the book. The line WAS long and very slow. On the other hand, Chef Keller was incredibly nice, shook hands and spoke with everyone, posed for pictures with anyone who wanted. I hadn't expected that he would be so friendly. I've been to plenty of 'conveyor belt' book signings, and while the line was slower here, the experience was definitely more memorable.

                      1. re: ipsit

                        to me it seems like Chef Keller is a very friendly guy. No wonder hes apprentices are successful. the 1hour wait went by fast was lazy afternoon.

                    3. Thomas Keller seems like just a really cool dude. Michael Chiarello is another chef personality I liked on Napa Style, but I heard he was a prick on Top Chef