Monday, October 27, 2008

A Day In The Life Of The "World's Best Restaurant"

The grand guru of Foodie culture, Ferran Adria, is out with a new book containing 30 recipes from his landmark restaurant and food lab El Bulli. However there is one caveat: Do not try these recipes at home!

Ferran Adria

Several years ago, before the popularity of food blogging and food tourism, I came across a book called El Bulli 1998-2002. I had heard of El Bulli and Ferran Adria, but did not know the details of his "high-end gastronomy." Well I had to have that book. The only problem? It cost $300! Seriously. A book. One book. But I had to have it...

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So I recruited the only other foodie crazy enough to spend $300 on a book: Kenorwox, my NY correspondent for Houston Foodie. So we both ponied up the cash and a few weeks later a package arrived from Spain (at the time it wasn't even available on Amazon — you had to order it from the source). What an eye opener. Food wasn't just food. It was a "cinematic experience" created through "molecular gastronomy" etc. Sure, this kind of thing wasn't for everyone, but it was fascinating none-the-less. Kenorwox even took some classes on how to make the signature "foams" using all the wacky tools and gadgets.

El Bulli Book

So now a new Ferran Adria book is out (mercifully priced at less than $40) called A Day at elBulli. Ferran is making the rounds to promote the book and NPR has some great coverage.

If there are any other Houston Foodies willing to make the pilgrimage to El Bulli, let me know. Reservations are taken at least one year in advance!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Check out the video footage from Ferran Adria’s “A Day at elBulli” book tour in NYC - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_osiPxpXDNE

Houston Foodie said...

That's a great video. Looks like he really stirred up some interest when he visited NY.