Mugaritz is located near San Sebastian and it is one of many Michelin star restaurants in my bucket list. This highly acclaimed establishment won the 3rd best restaurant in the world in 2012, at the The 50 Best Restaurants Award. I haven't realised this dream yet. However, I was pleasantly surprised to receive Mugaritz a natural science of cooking, the book from Phaidon to be reviewed. It's Mugaritz first cookbook in English. This big, heavy and beautifully presented book contains about 250 pages. Introduction is by award winners Thomas Keller, The French Laundry, and John Lanchester, author and journalist. The photographs by Pers-Anders Jorgensen and Jose Luis Lopes (recipes) capture the essence of the place, the commitment, the enthusiasm of the people and the highly scientifically crafted dishes.
I devoured the book in one afternoon. Every page is a learning curve with interesting facts, science, local geography, elaborate techniques and very particular ingredients and equipments. It's a delightful and eye-catching coffee table book. However, I really like to try recipes from cookbooks. I like the experience, the strange interaction with a book and to understand what the author is trying to achieve even before finishing reading the page. Once you read the recipes, the approach, and specially the equipment list involved your mind boggles. The lack of very expensive facilities in domestic kitchens is a real problem. Compounded with the unique ingredients its a real challenge!
This is one of the most stunning cookbooks I've ever seen. I can't wait to go to Mugaritz and taste the real thing. In the meantime, I can always flick throught the recipes.