It's most likely a misprint. That is the only issue I take with the book, as I have spotted quite a few. But common sense and an existing knowledge of basic preparations has been helpful in navigating through it.
The Grand Livre ehkay lent me has, without doubt, been the most inspiring book I've cooked from yet. In each recipe there is an underlying focus on fundamental technique, and a respect to classical cuisine, yet not an enslavement to it. There is a confidence and freedom to his style, and the recipes reflect this well. The detail and structure of the book is intimidating at first, even to someone that has cooked intently from some of the more "involved" cookbooks, but very...
That's a good point. I am not aware of the inner workings to his business model, or the daily operations of his restaurants, so I can't offer a more detailed opinion. Really, I just enjoy cooking from his cookbooks and think he's pretty badass, so I tend to support his ventures with unexamined enthusiasm. Also, this is the way I eat at home, and feel is ultimately the healthiest sort of diet, both for the body, and for the planet.
It really depends on the quality of the dried fruit. These were Turkish apricots that I chose specifically because of their high moisture content. Some of them are overly dried and become tough and chewy. I had one from a farmer in Santa Barbara that probably took me a minute total to chew and digest. The Turkish ones are more tender, and sort of blossom in the butter they're warmed in.
I think the emphasis is on sustainable ingredients. Monkfish, as far as I know, is fairly plentiful, and does not require gross amounts of energy to produce, such as things like beef, duck, or foie gras. I can make an argument against sugar, but I think I've already done that at some point. Cream I don't really have a problem with. I think it's fine in small amounts. Overall, I think it's a step in the right direction.
Did you guys see this article by the way. Ducasse banning meat, cream, sugar (!) in the newly redesigned Plaza Athénée? I think this is great...