If a trip to the most romantic city in the world simply isn't in the cards, get your date-night inspiration from Jean-François Piège, the two Michelin–starred chef at one of the most sought-after restaurants in Paris. Billed as a master-level cookbook, this clothbound beauty is definitely aimed at more ambitious home cooks. But for a serious book with some seriously involved recipes, it's not very rigid. Inspired by the unique dining experience at his eponymous restaurant, Piège encourages mixing and matching the recipes to create original menus. And with that same spirit of freedom, he wants his readers to make his dishes their own, calling that an essential part of cooking.

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