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4.0 out of 5 stars A gorgeous book for anyone with a fascination for culinary creativity, 21 Dec. 2011
This review is from: A Day at elBulli: An insight into the ideas, methods and creativity of Ferran Adrià (Hardcover)
Though it contains recipes, A Day at elBulli is not a cookbook. It is a heavily photographic look at what goes into a day at the restaurant, from sunrise to the wee hours of the following morning when the floors are being mopped. In short, it's a gorgeous book and anyone with a fascination for culinary creativity will get a total kick out of it.
Most of you would have never eaten at elBulli and consider yourselves in a different league both as eaters and cooks. Still, what makes this book such an inspiration is how deeply it goes into the philosophy behind Ferran Andrià's cooking. Put aside any nitrogen tank-inspired intimidation and look for passages like the insert at page 40 titled "Creativity Means Not Copying" and pay attention to the portraits of dinner guests enjoying their meals to see one important tenant of Andrià's style: "The principal aim of a dish is to give pleasure to diners in the conventional ways as well as in more unusual ones." To think, even just a little, the way Adrià thinks would make even an amateur cook an innovator.
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