Like many of Chefs, I am an avid collector of cookery books.
There always seems to be just one or two more I need!! The
latest book to line my already bending shelve is "El bulli
For those of you who are not aware of El bulli, let me take
the pleasure. El bulli is a Michelin 3 star restaurant in
Northern SPAIN. At the helm is a man who can only be described
as a genius, Feran Adria. The food he and his team produce
has to be the most innovative in the world.
Well, to the book. Where can I start…? Nearly 500 pages of
explosive, mind-boggling and somewhat unbelievable pictures
and recipes, the book is an encyclopedia. Along with the book
is a CD-ROM, which contains a magnitude of information. Just
to read what this man has to say is book in it's own right.
You may look at some of the photo's and think "looks simple"
or "is that it" All I can say is look again and read on…With
this book nothing is as it seems. Any serious chef will one
day own this book, and you really do need to be a serious
Chef to appreciate the values and qualities of a genius.
Like anything great in life there is always some form of criticism,
Many may think the price is expensive, at 120 euros you may
have a point. I believe the book is now printed in French
and English, which is long expected.
An absolutely classic and wonderful book, in my view it should
be framed and hung on a wall…
Written By: James Norman. Paris
James is a British born chef whose career has taken him through
the London kitchens of the Dorchester and Lanesborough Hotels.
He currently works in Paris in the three star Michelin kitchen
of Guy Savoy.