Hardcover: 2720 pages
Publisher: Phaidon Press; Slp edition (March 3, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 14 x 18 x 14.5 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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A bit expensive but they are certainly unique. Lots of great photos and plenty of material to spur creative ideas and broaden your horizons - certainly worth having if you ever venture into new cuisines or molecular gastronomy - just to see how far it can go (and also to see that there is very little that has not been tried). Less approachable for the average cook/chef than the reviews would have you believe - most of the ingredients are not easy to get (and I live in a very metropolitan area where you can find pretty much anything of any kind of thing). But I love looking through them just to take my brain on an alternate path and generate ideas (not all food related). It's pretty amazing stuff.
This is an amazing review off all of the dishes offered at el Bulli over the 6 years at which they were at their creative peak. Despite the complexity of the dishes many of the recipes are quite easy to follow and are more than doable in a home kitchen. The final volume in the set reviews the creative methods and different approaches that el Bulli took over the years and is an unrivaled look into the thinking and techniques of a creative force at the top of their game. With a little bit of reflection many of the teachings in these books can be applied to almost any business or craft.
Such an amazing collection of book. Not for the home cook, unless you're an avid cook or chef, but such an awesome insight to the el Bulli philosophy.
This book is a steal of the century. Ferran is beyond genius. A very inspiring individual. I remember meeting Ferran at his El Bulli Exhibition at Museum of Science in Boston. I bought in his books to have him signed. We chatted through interpreter. I told Ferran that there is a book he wrote which is rare print and very hard to find. He grabbed me by my arm running across the hall to the display case....That book ? He pointed at. I said yes. He then pointed to another El Bulli book and suggested me to buy it. And he said all same contents are in it. Ferran then looked to this copy. " Do you have it?'. I told him no. He said get it because it is probably the masterpiece of his work. And this book took so much longer to write and document it.I paid only $140 for a brand new one as well as 12 others of my friends who I told about the deal. I was planning to pay for full price for the book anyway.
This mammoth set met my expectations as far as content (so far), and the seven volumes arrived in excellent shape, but the same cannot be said for the helpful acrylic frame in which they are "contained."That useful item, while not completely broken into two pieces, arrived in critical condition, almost completely split from top to bottom along its right vertical juncture, an indication of either an inadequatepackaging strategy, or profoundly indifferent package handling in transit.
Cool recipes, some great and easy others not. Last book is a good one for reference
Books were in great condition. Very happy with purchase.
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