- Print Length: 384 Pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
- Publication Date: November 11, 2011
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316098515
- ISBN-13: 978-0316098519
- File Format: PDF, EPUB
Eleven Madison Park is one of New York City’s most popular fine-dining establishments, and one of only a handful to receive four stars from the New York Times. Under the leadership of Executive Chef Daniel Humm and General Manager Will Guidara since 2006, the restaurant has soared to new heights and has become one of the premier dining destinations in the world.
ELEVEN MADISON PARK: THE COOKBOOK is a sumptuous tribute to the unforgettable experience of dining in the restaurant, where the latest culinary techniques are married with classical French cuisine. The book features more than 125 sophisticated recipes, arranged by season, adapted for the home cook, and accompanied by stunning full-color photographs by Francesco Tonelli. ELEVEN MADISON PARK is sure to be one of the most talked-about cookbooks of 2011.
EMP is my favorite restaurant and Daniel Humm one of my favorite chefs. If you’re looking to actually cook dishes, this probably isn’t the book for you. Unless, of course, you are willing to put in the time and effort to replicate the dishes as best you can. And of course, hunt down the occasional uncommon ingredient. The best part for me was getting a glimpse behind the scenes of what goes on at EMP and the story about how the restaurant became what it is today. There are intimate stories from Will Guidara highlighting the ups and downs of operating a restaurant. To the point where you can’t help but cheer them on in the way you would an underdog story.
At the end of the day though, for most people, this would probably make a fantastic addition to your coffee table. The pictures are taken in such great detail and really pop against the snow white background. It really emphasizes the fact that food like this isn’t just calories, proteins, vitamins, etc. It’s art.