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Magic in the Kitchen: The American Chef - Whimsical Portraits - Outstanding Recipesby Jan Bartelsman
Pub. Date: 11/01/2001
Taking inspiration from the surrealist painters, and adding a strong dose of twenty-first-century technology and a love of great cooking, Dutch photographer Jan Bartelsman turned his lens on the esteemed chefs of the United States. Coast to coast, he photographed, interviewed, and collected recipes from dozens of luminaries of the food world. Amid four-star meals and dreamworld images, he reveals the very essence of each personality in this witty -- and admittedly bizarre -- portrait gallery.
With photographic sleight of hand and great humor, Bartelsman plays off the personalities of one great American cook (Julia Child) and thirty-nine great chefs to create images that are spirited, insightful, and always unique: Rotund geese appear at Daniel Boulud's feet; the French Laundry's Thomas Keller hangs out garlic on a clothesline; Suzanne Goin strikes a graceful pose with a Martha Graham-inspired carrot!
But the truest portrait of a chef is in his or her food. Among the more than seventy recipes: Lydia Shire introduces us to veal tenderloin, a restaurant cut, and prepares it in a simple yet luxurious way guaranteed to turn into a staple for home entertaining; Todd English creates a pepper-scented tuna so foolproof and delicious that you'll never prepare tuna any other way; Christine Keff turns soft-shell crabs with Thai curry and green papaya salad into a positive addiction.
Accompanying the portraits and recipes are the chefs' fresh and spontaneous comments on everything from their love of the game to the road not taken, adding yet more magic to the book. Eric Ripert reminds us of the difference between cooking for an ingredient and cooking with it; Nobu Matsuhisa reflects on how a fire in his kitchen affected his culinary destiny; Wylie Dufresne reveals what he might have done had he not become a chef. And everyone freely shares favorite snacks, memorable meals, and the tools and ingredients they couldn't live without.
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