Daniel Boulud

Chef-owner of Daniel Boulud Brasserie at the Wynn Las Vegas and Daniel in New York, as well as the author of "Braise: A Journey Through International Cuisine"

Last book I bought:

“Chocolates on the Pillow Aren’t Enough: Reinventing the Customer Experience” by Jonathan Tisch

Book I’m reading:

Same as above.

Total number of books I own:

Thousands. Definitely more than I can count, including about 1,200 cookbooks.

Books that mean a lot to me:

“Gastronomie Pratique” by Ali-Bab, the pen name of Henri Babinski. It was first published in 1907 and had been out of print since the 1950s. It is one of my most prized cookbooks.

“Bright Lights, Big City” by Jay McInerney. I arrived in New York in the early ’80s and this book really captures that time.

Last film I saw:

“Capote,” directed by Bennett Miller

Number of DVDs I own:

Hundreds, including lots of classic French movies.

Film that means a lot to me:

“Un homme et une femme,” directed by Claude Lelouch

Last CD I bought:

“Homage — the Age of the Diva,” Renee Fleming. I bought it for my wife. We are both big fans of Renee’s.

Number of CDs I own:

A few hundred.

Song currently playing:

Whatever my daughter loaded on my iPod.

Song that means a lot to me:

“Going to California,” Led Zeppelin

Favorite wine:

Chateau Latour 1990 or 1985.

Favorite charity:

Citymeals-on-Wheels. They deliver meals to homebound elderly. I have served on their board of directors for over ten years and host an annual gala for them each spring at Daniel.

Favorite vacation:

St Cezaire sur Siagne, a small village in the South of France, near the town of Grasse. I used to go there with my family when I was a kid.

Favorite vice:

The olive crackers we serve at the bar at Daniel. I grab one every time I walk through the bar.

Five people who I’d like to see answer this survey:

My daughter, Chef Thomas Keller, Chef Wylie Dufresne, Chef Jacques Pepin, Jay McInerney

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