Hardcover: 648 pages
Publisher: Phaidon Press; Box edition (November 11, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 2 x 11.6 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
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What can I add to Anthony Bourdain's 1-hr show on CNN's "Parts Unknown" dedicated to just one restaurant, NOMA, in Copenhagen, ranked by chefs from around the world as The Best Restaurant in the World? Three times! Rene Redzepi and his staff do things in the kitchen and pantry with food items most of us would never have imagined. Items picked up in the woods, on the beach, or in a garden, at different times of the year. Stuffed fermented rose buds, wood ants for pepper, and so much more -- always seeking available, natural alternatives to the increasing world-wide demand for commonly used, altered, insecticide-laden (and potentially non-sustainable) edibles. As a chef, I found this book an inspiration to "think outside the box" and present dishes extraordinary to the eye and palate. I also bought his "NOMA Recipes" -- not a "cook book" for most people. If you want to "push the envelope" in your kitchen, I recommend this one also.
If you want to get into the mind of a chef, a one of the most innovative chef's in the world this book is it. Completely approachable, frank and honest, Redzepi, opens his journal to the reader so you get a real sense of what it is like to be at the mercy of the seasons (those Scandinavian winters and early springs!) and wake up every day inspiring yourself and your team to innovate, innovate, innovate. Whether your obsessed about food or not, this is a book for anyone interested in creativity and artistry at play in any field.
Excellent. One of the most honest accounts I've ever read. I'm not in the food or restaurant business, but still thoroughly enjoyed René's insight on business, leading a team, and dealing with the day-to-day struggles of creativity. A rare piece of work that anyone in business should read. The typesetting and layout of the whole thing was a nice bonus, too.If you pick this up, make sure to read a few pages into the journal before looking at the snapshots. The words really give life and meaning to the photos and seeing the team at Noma grow.So good!
The photos are beautiful. I was most impressed with the journal. It provides a unique and very candid perspective on the creative process. It is a remarkable document from a chef who continues to push the boundaries.
i must say, i doesn't really like the Snap shots and the Journal part. But the Recipes section was OMG so GOOD and so interesting. who will think to use potato for dessert! And it taste so GOOD!(Tried and Tested!)
Redzepi's first book Noma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine was a seismic shift in thinking about how the landscape, local ingredients, and craftsmanship can come together to make a new cuisine. In this book you can see, over the three years that followed, a marked evolution in style and growing maturity developing out of this initial re-discovery of nordic terroir.His extended, extensive thoughts on the meaning and sources of creativity, drive, and inspiration resonate even for those, like me, who don't cook for a living, and those alone are well worth a read.The recipes provide really rich material to mine for new ideas about fermenting, seasoning, using plants in novel ways, and composing flavors and components into dishes. Often they require a lot of work and difficult-to-find ingredients, because noma is a very labor-intensive restaurant, but in the ideas they encapsulate, they are stirring. Reading side- by-side (since the journal references individual recipes in the text) gives a visceral account about putting Redzepi's ideas and evolving experiments about creativity and flavor into concrete practice.
What an amazing an uniqe insight to one of the world greatest chefs. Anytime I get bogged down I just thumb through and am immediately given the fresh air I need to keep on cookin. Thank you Renee what a gift!
Beautifully presented, fabulous information and really interesting to see how a top chef thinks and plans, The photographs are amazing and the receipes are fantastic. I also purchased EL BULI but I think A Work in progress is a better production as regards information and pictures.
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