Probably the best true coffee-table book I ever bought. Gorgeous! The photographs are terrific, the typography faultless, and the choice of chefs onlyProbably the best true coffee-table book I ever bought. Gorgeous! The photographs are terrific, the typography faultless, and the choice of chefs only slightly skewed towards Americans. In addition it has recipés at the back, none of which I'll ever attempt, because if anything needs more than five ingredients I surrender. And anyway, it's too special to keep on a shelf in the kitchen.
I'd add to this that, although a few chefs chose simple 'comfort' food...which incidentally would be my own choice...only one chose to eat at someone else's restaurant: Tony Bourdain wanted Fergus Henderson, at St.John's in London. Shows humility and a generosity of spirit. I'd invite A.B. to my last supper, I think.
I've already re-visited this crit twice. Here I am for a second afterword. I have become convinced, over the past few years, that every experience is precious. And since food is one of the few individual choices left to us, that our choice of food is paramount. In Singapore, I go for Chilli Stingray, or horribly-expensive Sushi; in London, breakfast at the Dean Street Townhouse, and dinner at Bentleys or Chor Bizarre. At home, heart-stoppingly creamy scrambled eggs with (cheap) caviare, sardines on crusty toast, or Welsh Rarebit. I just had the latter with a glass of Bad King John dark ale. I could die happy.
Choose every meal as though it were your last....more