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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (113 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Colman Andrews Narrator: Don Hagen Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2010 ISBN: 9781596597297
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More than just the most influential chef of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, Ferran Adriá is arguably the greatest culinary revolutionary of our time. Hailed as a genius and a prophet by fellow chefs, worshipped by critics and lay diners alike, Adriá is imitated and paid homage to in professional kitchens, and in more than a few private ones, all over the world.

In his lively and unprecedented portrait of Adriá, award-winning food writer Colman Andrews traces this groundbreaking chef’s rise from resort hotel dishwasher to culinary deity, and the evolution of his former restaurant El Bulli from a German-owned beach bar into the establishment voted annually by an international jury to be “the world’s best restaurant.” Taking the listener from Adriá’s Franco-era childhood near Barcelona through El Bulli’s wildly creative “disco-beach” days and into the modern-day wonderland of Adriá’s restaurants and cookbooks, Andrews blends sweeping storytelling with culinary history to explore Adriá’s extraordinary contributions to the way we eat. Through original techniques like deconstruction, spherification, and the creation of “culinary foams”, Adriá has profoundly reimagined the basic characteristics of food’s forms, while celebrating and intensifying the natural flavors of his raw materials. Yet, argues Andrews, these innovations may not be his most impressive achievements; instead, Adriá’s sheer creativity and courageous imagination are his true genius—a genius that transcends the chef’s métier and can inspire and enlighten all of us.

Entertaining and intimate, Andrews brings to life the most exciting food movement of our time and illuminates the ways in which Adriá has changed our world, forever altering our understanding of and appreciation for food and cooking.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An essential biography...about the most creative groundbreaking and important chef of the last decade.”

    Anthony Bourdain, celebrity chef and author of Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

  • “Andrews’s lovingly crafted story wonderfully records the tale of a brilliant and inventive chef.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A fascinating portrait that everyone who cares about the evolution of food will want to read.”Ruth Reichl, food critic and author of Gourmet Today

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scotty | 1/12/2014

    " finally, all the factoids and minutiae swirling about elbulli and ferran in one easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 12/22/2013

    " The book has its flaws, but I still found it to be a fascinating account of the man who has completely changed the culinary world. Can't wait to experience the Adria Brothers magic when I'm in Barcelona in March! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 12/14/2013

    " Becomeing the "Best Chef in the World" is not an overnight feat. The book does a good job of outlining how what began as a beachside restaurant evolved into the top world dining venue. Certainly the German backer was a resource and mentor who is seldom mentioned. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 11/13/2013

    " Amazing-- I'd never heard of the guy, but I definitely knew all about his work! Now I can place a face with the techniques. Fun book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael D | 10/24/2013

    " Really gets behind the man and the restaurant, shows you who Ferran really is, and it's nothing like the hype "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ricardo Marcos | 1/14/2013

    " A biography. Read it if you want to learn about elBulli and Ferran's professional life. Don;t expect any insights. Again, it is a biography book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie Santangelo | 2/9/2012

    " I'm glad I read it because it is a great history book - but it was boring and I only understood and half of if with all the Spanish and French terminology. But I learned a ton. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Turi | 11/17/2011

    " As much a history of the restaurant as of the man. Engaging, well-written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 8/12/2011

    " This was intereting to me because cooking is one of my hobbies and as a chemist I have a particular interest in molecular gastronomy. The book was a bit repetitive at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 11/3/2010

    " CRAZY stuff. Kinda put me in a food rut, I mean, how do I begin to find that kind of inspiration and creativity? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Turi | 10/15/2010

    " As much a history of the restaurant as of the man. Engaging, well-written. "

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About the Author

Colman Andrews is the cofounder and former editor in chief of Saveur. He is the author of four acclaimed cookbooks, including Catalan Cuisine. The recipient of numerous honors, he was most recently the restaurant columnist for Gourmet, and he divides his time between New York City and Connecticut.

About the Narrator

Don Hagen has been behind the microphone since fifth grade. He is a nine-time winner of the Peer Award for narration/voice-over and twice winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award. He has also been heard in radio and television commercials and documentaries. In addition to his freelance voice work, he is a member of the audiobook narration team at the Library of Congress.