Food for Thought: Thought for Food: The Creative Universe of elBulli's Ferran Adria
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Food for Thought: Thought for Food: The Creative Universe of elBulli's Ferran Adria

by Richard Hamilton
     
 

A thought-provoking, inspiring look at artistic and gastronomic creativity through the world's most revolutionary chef, Ferran Adria (elBulli).

Ferran Adria has revolutionized the world of gastronomy and elBulli is recognized as the world's best restaurant. So original and poetically sensible is Adria's approach to cooking that he is considered to be the greatest

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A thought-provoking, inspiring look at artistic and gastronomic creativity through the world's most revolutionary chef, Ferran Adria (elBulli).

Ferran Adria has revolutionized the world of gastronomy and elBulli is recognized as the world's best restaurant. So original and poetically sensible is Adria's approach to cooking that he is considered to be the greatest "artist of the kitchen." Food for Thought explores the essence of elBulli's creativity with hundreds of color photographs of Adria's creations including, for the first time ever, every single dish ever created by elBulli.

Inspired by Adria's controversial participation in Documenta 12, this seductive volume features lively dialogue between the most potent critics and creators of the art and gastronomic worlds, including Heston Blumenthal, Bill Burford, Jerry Saltz, Massmiliano Gioni, Anya Gallaccio, Peter Kubelka, Antoni Miralda, Carsten Holler, Bice Curiger, Adrian Searle, Davide Paolini.
"Professionally, I can die after this book." --Ferran Adria

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Ferran Adria, head chef at elBulli, near Barcelona, is widely considered one of the most innovative artists currently working in food. The term "artist" is not rhetorical: Adria was (controversially) invited to Kassel in 2007 to take part in documenta, one of the world's most important international art exhibitions. Even more controversial was Adria's refusal to come to them-instead, he insisted that elBulli become an official documenta venue. Consequently, the exhibit found curator Roger Buergel flying two patrons per day to Costa Brava (860 miles away) to experience Adria's art. Opening essays provide background on Adria, including about 40 pages of color photos of Adria's dishes, taken by the chef over two decades at elBulli. Editor (and Pop art guru) Hamilton places Adria in a long tradition of food-related art including work by Daniel Spoerri, Bruce Nauman and Alison Knowles. The volume also collects written responses to the documenta dining experience at elBulli; these letters should put to rest any remaining questions regarding the work's artistic merit. Patron Simryn Gill perhaps puts it best: "the experience was curiously disorienting...neither dinner nor supper, nor was it food, nourishment, or sustenance...but rather surprise, pleasure, sensuous delight, repulsion, irritation, discomfort, exhaustion, amazement, stupor."
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ISBN-13:
9788496954687
Publisher:
Actar
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Pages:
343
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.60(d)

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