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For food and art lovers or owners of an avant guard kitchen
on 7 May 2012
Having pre ordered this amazing book nearly 8 months ago i have been anticipating it's release and I must say it's been worth every hour of waiting....It's also the first book Andoni has produced in English and I hope there will be more to come....it's much more satisfying reading a book of this standard in your mother tongue (if translated correctly) as I have purchased a few Spanish cook books and had a little trouble truly appreciating the context in full.
I have eaten at Mugaritz on 3 occasions and have been blown away by the pure simplicity of the ideas and alas the amazing way the dishes have been created using cutting edge tequniques and original combinations that just pack such an intense flavour from the stocks and nages...
In this awesome book you get a great insight into a chef that places nature at the forefront of his creations very similar in many ways to the God father of natural cuisine Michel Bras.
But Andoni really does use cutting edge tequniques Wow just amazing....
The great thing is that the restaurant was burnt to the ground in 2010 but the story has it a small group of Japanese chefs helped with the relaunch. Raising the avant guard standards of Spanish cuisine to another level. As with the Roca brothers.
You will not be cooking many of the recipes At home unless you have an avant guard kitchen.
This book is for the serious food and art lover, there are also some great photographs and in depth restaurant stories just to give a feeling of 100% satisfaction with your purchase as the chef has given his heart to this book.
I do love the way that the contents is laid out
Introduction, beginnings, surroundings, less, learning, sharing, being here, recipes and then glossary & index.
There are 70 recipes with the amazing pictures sharing the same page.
I would recommend anybody who love art & food then indulge in this great publication, even if it will adorn your coffee table it's just amazing it will in years to come be a very sought after cook book...