There's at least one part of étoile -- the Michelin-starred restaurant inside Napa's Domaine Chandon -- that most of us cannot recreate at home, no matter how closely we follow this book: The setting. Lined with windows, the dining room offers glimpses of some of the most heartbreaking wine country in the world; you can trace much of the bounty on the plate (and in the stemware) right back to its point of origin, without craning your neck too far.

Still, we soldier on. Those of us with views of backyards and fire escapes and streetlights can still use the Domaine Chandon Cookbook to get the other crucial parts of the étoile experience -- local ingredients prepared with traditional French methods, pop-the-question-worthy desserts, and sparkling wine. No one ever needed a great view to enhance the power of bubbles.