9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 11 March 2014
After waiting what seems a life time for the next installment (not the home cooking/A day in the life etc etc) I am thrilled to say that it has been well worth the wait...
It would be very hard to describe to someone who doesn't know, just what this "elBulli". Global phenomenon is all about and no its not the French Bull Dog fashion that swept Europe a few years back...
For years the boys from the bay of Roses have been changing not just the way we prepare food, but the way we think of it. The Brothers Adria, have been showing us that we could use food as creatively and intelligently the Roca bothers have now eclipsed them but hey these boys really did raise the Bar and the food direction of the early 21st Century and who know maybe far beyond?.
All the previous books to come out of the creative team in Catalonia like A Day at elBulli and A Family Meal Are OK, the 1st a examination of the entire creative process and a book I recommend to artists and the latter an actual applicable cookbook that allows you to bring a taste of the greatest chef in the world into your own home.
Foodies around the Globe that have followed the "elBulli", Cookery Publications or releases like The Sorcerer's Apprentices, a good book about working there, or in the various TV shows and specials Adria appeared in, know there was to be another book released.( I was fortunate enough to be living and working in Spain at this time) for over 6 years, like a scientist in a lab or an obsessive writer at her journal, Adria painstakingly recorded has every single recipe they ever made.
This Tomb consists of a mind blowing 2,720 pages spread over 7 Gigantic volumes with 1,400 awesome detailed pictures.
The first six volumes record the recipes of each of the six years organized into six sections: Cocktails, Snacks, Tapas, Pre desserts, Desserts, and Morphing's.
Then in Volume 7 titled "Evolutionary Analysis," and charts the philosophy, experiments, styles, and ingredients chronicled in the preceding volumes. Now that the publication has been released I think it's safe to say that it is the most important or very nearly "cookbook/encyclopedia" of the 21st century to date.
You could probably read it as you would an art catalog or even an epic poem told in food you imagine.
At over 400 Pounds Stirling it is a huge commitment, But just as Modernist Cuisine is they are just some of the cornerstones of the Industry in the 21st Century ,
Remember there are seven Publications, in hardcover, with a slipcase and so many pictures, weighing a colossal 20 KG this book will flatten your coffee table. It will not be for everybody,. But Collectors and serious Foodies will just be bowled over this publication is amazing....Enjoy
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 July 2014
Food porn at it's best. Awesome photographs. Instructions down to the cm for presentation let alone all you need to know in order to recreate these art works. Bl00dy expensive but , if you are a true foodie, worth every penny. Sell your granny and get a copy while you still can .