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Thomas Keller in San Diego

honkman May 6, 2010 04:08 PM

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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    deeznuts May 14, 2010 10:37 AM

    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

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      4wino May 13, 2010 02:41 PM

      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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        colt 45 May 13, 2010 04:26 PM

        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

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          DougOLis May 13, 2010 04:33 PM

          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.

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            cstr May 13, 2010 04:39 PM

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

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            ipsit May 13, 2010 07:12 PM

            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.

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              Cjposada06 May 13, 2010 11:17 PM

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

          3. geekyfoodie May 7, 2010 12:04 PM

            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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              SeanT May 11, 2010 01:37 PM

              That is not so bueno. I love ad hoc.

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                cstr May 11, 2010 01:42 PM

                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.

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                  4wino May 11, 2010 05:48 PM

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

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                    Cjposada06 May 12, 2010 01:02 AM

                    I am So down to go !

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                      cstr May 13, 2010 12:26 PM

                      Oh yah, that's worth an Ouch!

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                      geekyfoodie May 13, 2010 12:23 PM

                      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.

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                        cstr May 13, 2010 12:28 PM

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

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                    4wino May 6, 2010 04:12 PM

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

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                      honkman May 6, 2010 04:25 PM

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

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                        eatemup May 7, 2010 07:15 AM

                        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.

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