- Paperback: 632 pages
- Publisher: Phaidon Press; Reprint edition (22 May 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0714856746
- ISBN-13: 978-0714856742
- Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 3.8 x 29.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Day at elBulli: An insight into the ideas, methods and creativity of Ferran Adrià Paperback – 22 May 2010
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'extraordinary, theatrical and often downright bonkers food'
'This is just very, very good cooking: intense, and obtusely original'
The Sunday Times
'El Bulli is a once in a lifetime event'
Observer Food Monthly blog
'A glance behind the scenes at a pivotal time and place in culinary evolution, this book will delight serious foodies'
About the Author
Ferran Adriàis recognized as the best chef in the world. His legendary talent, creativity and gastronomic innovations have inspired chefs and food-lovers around the world for many years, and make elBulli what it is today.
Albert Adriàshares the same passion for food and creativity as his older brother Ferran. He specializes in the world of pastry and is creative director of the elBulli workshop, where the pioneering culinary techniques that inform the spectacular thirty-course menu are developed.
Juli Soler joined elBulli as restaurant manager in 1981. He quickly brought the front of house service to a standard never seen before in Spain, and it is characterized by his warmth, generosity and professionalism.
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Top Customer Reviews
A Day at elBulli clearly illustrates the genius and passion of Ferran Adria and offers a small glimpse at this world renowned restaurant for those of us not fortunate enough to dine there in person. Simply amazing!
I am not interested in the page after page of photos of chefs in a kitchen this is not very informative. However the real meat is in the recipes of which there are sadly only a few but in them are the secrets to El Bulli's spherification techniques and making of airs etc. These alone are worth the cover price which is low for a great big enormous volume like this. I was also amazed to find that the chemical/extracts needed to achieve these techniques are actually easy to buy online and can come as kits so a whole industry is boooming up around what they do. I highly recommend this to anybody wishing to push the boundaries of their cooking, presentation and most importantly techniques but only once you have taken your ability to cook to the highest level. I only dropped to 3 stars because of the huge amount of useless photos, however I may be a bit unfair there as it is "A day at elBulli" not "Ferran Adria's secrets revealed" and at this price the secrets you do get are well worth it. Oh, and be prepared to spend £100 for those chemicals/extracts.
That said it is still an interesting read/ browse in that coffee table tome genre. The the story is told in very little words just a short little snippet in the corner of the page or at the foot of a photograph, or in the little pamflet sections that appear at regular intervals.
These are very interesting in themselves and mean that you are not overloaded with info that detracts from the pictures, rather it gives you a short sharp fact about the scene, 'The waitor brings food to the table' you look at the pictures and get the narrative then if you really want to know all the details you read the text. Simples. It works very well for this book because It's the pictures that really do the talking, they are informal and intimate reportage style snaps that really work well and do carry the narrative forward on their own merrit.
Informative, interesting and some of the food is even doable in a domestic setting, bonus!
As I said in the outset I think I might have been expecting a little too much from this book but it will still be a regular read and sit along side my other prized foody tomes.
A good book but not great and a good buy at the £16 purchase price.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great coffee table book that i would aspire to if i was ever that good in the kitchen!Published 18 months ago by Alisaspain
This book has transformed my way if cooking. It is a nice glimpse of one of the greatest chefs at work and offers some unusual but interesting ideas of modern cooking. Read morePublished on 21 April 2013 by Mike
Brought this as a christmas present for my other half and he loves it, it is a fantastic insight in the day at elBulli restaurant. fansinating for everyonePublished on 5 Mar. 2013 by A reade
Lots of pictures, tellings about elBulli, but not a book I can recommend. Boring and useless. Dust saver on my shelf.Published on 5 Feb. 2013 by Tove
Nice book and nice idea for a corporate gift too. Strange concept, but that is what makes it interesting to pick up and read.Published on 30 Nov. 2012 by Vivienne
excellent value - softbound book with great pics, stories, recipes - the perfect gift for a lover of food beyond the normPublished on 20 Jan. 2012 by foodlover