My Last Supper: 50 Great Chefs and Their Final Meals: Portraits, Interviews, and Recipes

My Last Supper: 50 Great Chefs and Their Final Meals: Portraits, Interviews, and Recipes

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A gorgeous photo collection where world-reknowned chefs describe their ideal last meal, featuring Ferran Adrià, José Andrés, Lidia Bastianich, Daniel Boulud, Anthony Bourdain, Scott Conant, Gabrielle Hamilton, Eric Ripert and many more. Includes recipes.

Chefs have been playing the "My Last Supper" game among themselves for decades, if not centuries, but it had always been kept within the profession-until now. Melanie Dunea came up with the ingenious idea to ask fifty of the world's famous chefs to let her in on this insider's game and tell her what their final meals would be. My Last Supper showcases their fascinating answers alongside stunning Vanity Fair-style portraits. Their responses are surprising, refreshing, and as distinct from each other as the chefs themselves. The portraits-gorgeous, intimate, and playful-are informed by their answers and reveal the passions and personalities of the most respected names in the business. Lastly, one recipe from each landmark meal is included in the back of the book.

With My Last Supper, Dunea found a way into the typically harried, hidden minds of the people who have turned preparing food into an art. Who wouldn't want to know where Alain Ducasse would like his last supper to be? And who would prepare Daniel Boulud's final meal? What would Anthony Bourdain's guest list look like? As the clock ticked, what album would Gordon Ramsay be listening to? And just what would Mario Batali eat for the last time?

Featuring: Ferran Adrià, José Andrés, Dan Barber, Lidia Bastianich, Mario Batali, Rick Bayless, Michelle Bernstein, Daniel Boulud, Anthony Bourdain, Scott Conant, Gary Danko, Hélène Darroze, Alain Ducasse, Wylie Dufresne, Suzanne Goin, Gabrielle Hamilton, Fergus Henderson, Thomas Keller, Giorgio Locatelli, Masa Kobayashi, Nobu, Jamie Oliver, Jacques Pépin, Gordon Ramsay, Michel Richard, Eric Ripert, Marcus Samuelsson, Charlie Trotter, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and more...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596912878
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 10/16/2007
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 579,707
Product dimensions: 9.42(w) x 12.55(h) x 1.03(d)

About the Author

Melanie Dunea's work appears regularly in Vanity Fair, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly, Town & Country, Gourmet, People, New York and InStyle. She has received an American Photography Award and a Society of Publication Design Annual Award, and will serve as an ambassador to India for Operation Smile. She lives in New York.

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My Last Supper 50 Great Chefs and Their Final Meals: Portraits, Interviews, and Recipes 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
shousers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I see a lot of similarities of what great chefs would eat as their last meal: foie gras, truffles, duck, caviar, potatoes, fresh veges, bread and butter. Feels like home!
greytone on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After hours, when restaurant kitchens are closed and cleaned, chefs play the game of describing the ideal defined as the last meal they would ever eat. The source of ideas is limited only by the ingredients and dishes in their imagination and repertoire. I found their selections fascinating, not all were the richest or most exotic offerings in world cuisine. Many of the finest chefs chose the most basic menus, defined by the memories of their childhood or connected to their reason for becoming chefs. The author paired these conversations with beautiful photographs, taken in unusual locations using amusing or obscure surroundings. The combination makes this book the ideal conversation-starter and makes entertaining mental and visual fodder for guests sitting alone in your living room.
Guest_s More than 1 year ago
Melanie is a creative genius! I gifted this book to my mom for her birthday and she loved it. We can't wait for Melanie to come out with more books!
STA More than 1 year ago
A culinary portrait satisfying and amazing, in delivering each chef's Last Supper. Photos of each chef compliment their writing. This book is a well put together palatable experience. A Must Have!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i was definitely into this book for reading but i dont see very many people enjoying it. the menus are waaaaaaay over the top. but to see the chefs and to appreciate them in a way that is a little daydreamy they are not meals you would make or probably ever even see in your lifetime dont buy for recipes but to appreciate a chefs dreams and just enjoy the person its pretty neat.
Guest More than 1 year ago
90% of the chef's would want a meal that no average person could make.................. the photos are interesting, most menus over the top, if you are a 'foodie' and have dined at any of the restaurants owned by these chefs, then you will find this coffee table book interesting