Kitchen Creativity

Kitchen Creativity

Unlocking Culinary Genius--with Wisdom, Inspiration, and Ideas From the World's Most Creative Chefs

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"An incredible reference for home cooks, young chefs, and seasoned pros alike. Kitchen Creativity should be in everyone's library." - Eric Ripert, chef and co-owner of Le Bernardin and New York Times bestselling author of 32 Yolks
Unlock your creative potential with the world's most imaginative chefs.
In this groundbreaking exploration of culinary genius, the authors of The Flavor Bible reveal the surprising strategies great chefs use to do what they do best. Beyond a cookbook, Kitchen Creativity is a paradigm-shifting guide to inventive cooking (without recipes!) that will inspire you to think, improvise, and cook like the world's best chefs.
Great cooking is as much about intuition and imagination as it is about flavor and technique. Kitchen Creativity distills brilliant insights into these creative processes from more than 100 top restaurant kitchens, including the Bazaar, Blue Hill, Daniel, Dirt Candy, Eleven Madison Park and the NoMad, Gramercy Tavern, the Inn at Little Washington, Le Bernardin, Oleana, Rustic Canyon, Saison, Single Thread, and Topolobampo.
Based on four years of extensive research and dozens of in-depth interviews, Kitchen Creativity illuminates the method (and occasional madness) of culinary invention. Part I reveals how to learn foundational skills, including how to appreciate, taste, and season classic dishes ( Stage 1: Mastery ), before reinventing the classics from a new perspective ( Stage 2: Alchemy ). Einstein's secret of genius-combinatory play-pushes chefs to develop unique creations and heighten their outer and inner senses ( Stage 3: Creativity ). Part II's A-to-Z entries are an invaluable culinary idea generator, with exercises to prompt new imaginings.
You'll also discover: experts' criteria for creating new dishes, desserts, and drinks; comprehensive seasonality charts to spark inspiration all year long; how to season food like a pro, and how to create complex yet balanced layers of flavor; the amazing true stories of historic dishes, like how desperate maitre d' "Nacho" Anaya invented nachos; and proven tips to jump-start your creative process. The ultimate reference for culinary brainstorming, Kitchen Creativity will spur your creativity to new heights, both in the kitchen and beyond.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780316267809
Branch Call Number: 641.5 PAG 2017
Characteristics: xx, 427 pages ; color illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Dornenburg, Andrew


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Apr 06, 2018

You can't go wrong with any of these authors' books. This one is really in the weeds about how to be creative with cooking and food, which, it turns out, isn't all that different than how to be creative with almost any medium. I've read similar books with almost the exact lessons, format, structure, advice, about how to be creative in art and music. But this is worth it if you're interested in food creativity, as it's stuffed full of advice and interesting information from a wide variety of well-known, successful, creative chefs. Just reading how they think through their processes was fascinating and more interesting to me than the basic lesson plan of the book structure.

Very cute, choppy graphics that cut the interviews, stories, photos up into happy little chunks of time for easy, quick understanding. Refreshing especially when you've been up to your ears in historical, heavily-written books on similar subjects that seem weighty and wordy compared to this light and happy, positive and inspiring collection.

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