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My Last Supper: 50 Great Chefs and Their Final Meals / Portraits, Interviews, and Recipes

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,094 ratings  ·  92 reviews
A gorgeous photo collection where world-reknowned chefs describe their ideal last meal, featuring Ferran Adrià, José Andrés, Lidia Bastianich, Daniel Boulud, Anthony Bourdain, Scott Conant, Gabrielle Hamilton, Eric Ripert and many more. Includes recipes.

Chefs have been playing the "My Last Supper" game among themselves for decades, if not centuries, but it had always been
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 6th 2007 by Bloomsbury USA (first published January 1st 2007)
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Neil
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookery, pictures
Probably 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 choic
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Rachel C.
Jun 09, 2009 rated it liked it
Answers ranged from short and sweet (and mouth-watering!) to long-winded and ridiculous. I was surprised by how many chefs would choose to cook their own last meal. I was not surprised that Anthony Bourdain is a much-desired dinner guest. (Note: There's an absolutely priceless portrait of Bourdain - the book is worth a flip-through for that alone.)

Recipes in the back are either absurdly simple (scrambled eggs; toast with shaved truffles) or too hard to attempt. They seem mostly there for atmosph
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Sergio GRANDE
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
If most of the world's top 50 chefs would choose surprisingly simple dishes as their last meals, you have to wonder why some of us even consider selling our cars to dine at one of their fancy restaurants (although I had dinner at El Bulli, in 2008, and the food bill was only around €130 per capita).
Basically, it's the 'Ratatouille" concept: there's nothing to beat a simple dish, a traditional home recipe, made with top quality fresh ingredients by a master.
Great coffee table book/conversation pi
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Rebecca Huston
Sep 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
This big coffee table book is all about a game that chefs play late at night. If you were to have your last meal, what would it be? Big sumptuous portraits, mouthwatering descriptions of extreme, simple, abundant, or fanciful meals, and recipes. Great stuff!

For the complete review, please go here:
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Robyn
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
Not what I was expecting, and it's disappointing. I first heard about this book during an episode of Top Chef All-Stars, when the author was a guest. I never felt the need to own the book (coffee table books don't entice me), but when I saw it at the library I thought it would be enjoyable to read once. Between the discussion on Top Chef, the dust jacket description, the fact that it was shelved in the cooking section of the library (641.5092: Cooking; History, Geographic Treatment, Biography), ...more
Steven Peterson
Sep 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
What an interesting thesis! What would be the last supper of a series of fine chefs! Melanie Dunea, the author, notes (page 7): "Chefs have been playing the 'My Last Supper' game, in one version or another, since humans first gathered round the flames to cook. . . . "If you were to die tomorrow, what single dish, what one mouthful of food, would you choose as your last?"

And then, we see the answer to that existential question by 50 chefs.

Anthony Bourdain says that his final dish would be: "Roa
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Melissa Conner
Dec 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would your last meal be? Would you be adventurous and try something new and foreign, or would you stick to something tried and true: a meal you knew well and loved?

For the 50 chefs interviewed in Melanie Dunea’s book, My Last Supper, the infamous question of “The Last Meal” brings many back to the days of growing up in the kitchen, helping mom, grandma, or other family members cook up simple pasta meals, while snacking on bread and butter. While t
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Stephen
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
There is a game commonly played by food people of all sorts -- eaters and well as cookers -- called, variously, "Last Meal" or "Last Supper" or something similar. In it, each participant says what he or she would like to eat at their final meal. From this game, Melanie Dunea derived the concept for a book. She asked fifty top chefs six questions: What would be your last meal on earth? What would be the setting for the meal? What would you drink with your meal? Would there be music? Who would be ...more
Heather
Feb 23, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: women, chefs, tony bourdain fans
Recommended to Heather by: B&N coffeetable book section
Shelves: nonfiction, food
Ok, I didn't actually "read" this book. I simply leafed through it. There isn't much substance to the book. There is a simple questionnaire for each of the 50 chefs included in the book in which they tell their what their last meal would be, with whom they would share it, what music would be playing, etc. At the end of the book they have one recipe from each chef.

The best part of the book (the part I cared about) are the photographs of the chefs. The chefs obviously designed their own photo sho
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Elizabeth
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is not a lengthy book, just a coffee table book for foodies. I loved the photography (my favorite is of Helene Darroze, but Anthony Bourdain's near-nude pic is provocative). The interview given to each chef was the same- your last meal: who's there, what is it, where is it, etc.

It shows people who love their craft talking about the thing they love and contemplating the best and greatest possible moment they could have with food. It makes you think of it, too, of course, which is bittersweet
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Vee
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was the most delightful coffee table book!
Some of the greatest chefs of our time relay their answers about their last meal, who would prepare it, the ambiance and the atmosphere of the event. LOVE.. LOVE IT!
I'm surprised by how many chefs would like to make their last meals themselves! I guess it's their art, their craft and they know exactly how they want it done. There's so much that goes into setting up a meal: the art of the table, the drinks, the pairings, the complimentary spices an
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Katura
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
So the premise of this book is to ask 50 amazing chefs what they would eat for their final meal on earth. Each chef gets a chance to answer the question with a complete story and a beautiful picture of the scene of their final meal. The pictures are absolutely stunning. You will feel as if you are a guest at the table. As you read the book you get a chance to know the chefs better, marvel at the wonderful food pics, and also appreciate the food we get to eat while we are still here. It's a book ...more
Beth
Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I bought this book because the idea of a last meal intrigued me. I loved reading what each chef would have for their last meal and the setting that they would select. This is a beautifully illustrated book with photographs artistically staged by Melanie Dunea and I loved having this book on my coffee table for people to pick up to browse. It really got me thinking about food and what my favorite last meal would be. While I would not pay full price for a book like this it definitely held my atten ...more
Jennifer
Oct 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cook-books
I loved this so much. It is a big coffee table sort of book. Great chefs from around the world are asked what they would eat for their last meal. They go into detail about the ingredients, who would prepare the meal, who they would share it with, what music would be playing, etc. Accompanying each entry is a photograph of the chef done in a really artistic way usually containing the ingredients. Right up my alley, this is great!
Girl Underground
Oct 05, 2009 rated it liked it
This was a treat for someone who likes to know what well-traveled celebrity-chef palates crave or would want for their last meal. The photos were interesting and fun, though not necessarily artistic. A few of the recipes were a little out of reach for the home cook because of rare and/or expensive ingredients, but I was relieved to see that most of the recipes were doable, not just because I could easily make them at home, but because it proved that celebrity chefs liked to roll homestyle, too!
Haritha Burra
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cookbooks-read, 2015
Disappointed! It's just a list of questions and the chefs answered them. I was really excited about this book but it ended up looking like a questionnaire :-/ There was nothing personal or inspiring about what any chef spoke. I was happy to see two Indian chefs included in the 50. The book also has recipes at the end but some recipes are clearly not for home cooks. All in all I think this book is so average.
Itisme
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I waited an extensive period of time for the VIRL to get some copies of this book. It was an easy read and yet one that was quite thoughtfully approached. I am copying out three recipes from the book. One by Jamie Oliver, Mario B, and one other.
The portraits range from stellar to rather dull. The chefs in their own words about what they wished as the "last supper" was personal and revealing.
Alexa Hamilton
Feb 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food
A lovely coffee table book about what different chef's would eat for their last supper. There are many chefs who I don't recognize profiled in the book but that doesn't make it any less interesting. The photographs can be very funny, my favorite being Anthony Bourdain photographed with only a cigarette and a very large, meaty bone Note how I didn't mention clothes anywhere in that sentence.
Terry
Jun 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
I love the premise..how could this book not be good? So fun to imagine these dsigned imaginary meals, some so elaborate, some so simple. Every chef I would want to read about is in this book. My only complaint was how over produced it is with big bloated quotes in spaces where I would have rather read more about the chef!
Clarice
Dec 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Interesting idea.....what would you choose to eat, if you knew it was your last meal on earth? Who would you spend it with, where would it be, would there be music, and who would be cooking the meal? Excellent photography, beautiful descriptions, great coffee table book, but be careful when you open up to page 18 with Anthony Bourdain, lol! That was a surprise!
Steven
Aug 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Famous chefs talk about how they would have their final meals. Many of the photographs that accompany the chefs' answers in this coffee table book are surprisingly playful for what could have been a gloomy subject. As a bonus, each chef provides a recipe of one of the items she or he would eat before departing from this world.
Katherine Totten
Mar 23, 2011 rated it liked it
What would you have for your last meal on earth? Fifty chefs answer that question. Each answers a series of questions: Food? Setting? Music? Companions? Etc. Lovely photos.
Recpies at the end of the book. It's interesting that so many would cook their own last supper.
Most menus were way up-scale for me to make at home, or even for company. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this book.
Johanna Ehnle
Aug 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks, 2011
Stunning photos of some of my favorite chefs. I really love the topic of the "last supper" so I flipped through these little essays for hours. I can't wait to try a few more of these recipes. The Thomas Keller roast chicken recipe is the best roast chicken I've ever made. There is such deliciousness in simplicity.
Allison Floyd
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Chefs eat well, and they know how to talk about it. And, it turns out, many of them photograph well, too. This is exactly the stripe of food porn I live for (the sort that contains a vicarious living factor), and worth picking up for the picture of Anthony Bourdain being wildly inappropriate with (what I think is) bone marrow alone.
Jan Polep
Nov 07, 2011 rated it did not like it
Huge coffe table book, 50+ chefs interviewed about what they would eat, drink, listen to, and invite to join them, plus 50+ recipes ...but not one picture of what the food would look like. What the heck...they included a portrait of Anthony Bourdain nude except for a huge bone in front of his crotch. Would it have killed them to give us visual clues about the final meals?
Randal
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Food lovers; photography lovers.
Shelves: nonfiction
Fabulous photography and I loved some of the interviews. A few too many of the chefs would nosh on pate foie gras and Krug brut, which a) made their interviews drag and b) convinced me they are more concerned with image than taste. I didn't get a chance to try any of the recipes, which was a disappointment. Everybody at least picked it up and browsed through it. A fun book.
Haneen
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with this book the moment I read the title, & I am glad that it didn't disappoint me
the idea of interviewing chefs & asking them "what would be your last meal on earth" & other questions is amazing & really inspiring.

I loved how each one of them talked with passion about cooking & eating
true, cooking is passion, it's Art
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Megan
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Definitely interesting. The interview format got a little old, though, as it was the same for everyone. None of the recipes really caught my eye, but perhaps that's because I have no emotional attachment to them (I would definitely pick tried and true foods rather than experimental ones for my last supper).
Lucy Guerra
Jan 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
I got this from my husband for Christmas and was enchanted! I'm a dedicated cookbook hound, so I loved reading the stories and the recipes. I was struck by how many Chefs chose tuna, though. Interesting... And, Guy Savoy's essay?! very telling...
Megan
Jun 11, 2010 rated it liked it
It was interesting to see what chefs wanted something complicated and gastronomic, versus which ones wanted something simple and homey. It would have been more interesting if I'd heard of all the chefs. Guess I need to read more Food & Wine magazine? ...more
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