- Hardcover: 632 pages
- Publisher: Phaidon Press; Ill edition (19 Sept. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0714848832
- ISBN-13: 978-0714848839
- Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 7 x 29.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 260,380 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 Hardcover – 19 Sep 2008
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"Gastronomically, aesthetically and emotionally honest."―The Sunday Times
"There is only one el Bulli."―The Financial Times
"My meal there was quite simply the best of my life – the most intriguing, the most entertaining, the most delicious."―Observer Food Monthly
"The most influential restaurant in the world."―The New York Times
"The most acclaimed and influential [restaurant] of our time."―Time
"Extraordinary, theatrical and often downright bonkers food."―The Times
"This is just very, very good cooking: intense, and obtusely original...[elBulli] is a masterclass in the metaphysics of how, what and why we eat, while still being dinner."―A A Gill, 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."―Publishers Weekly
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.
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.
There is a lot to love about A Day At El Bulli. You're not going to find any solutions for your next dinner party, you're not going to win a golden ticket into the restaurant and as they're essentially preaching to the converted it's unlikely to change your mind about the food there. But it's a comprehensive, detailed and lavishly produced account of the most influential kitchen in the world today, and if that doesn't rock your boat then there's always Nigella Christmas. Your call.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great coffee table book that i would aspire to if i was ever that good in the kitchen!Published on 5 Aug. 2014 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
Not quite sure what I was expecting with this one but I think I might have set the bar a little high by buying The French LaundryThe French Laundry Cookbook, AlineaAlinea and... Read morePublished on 24 May 2012 by Mr Triggs