by Grant Achatz


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The debut cookbook from the restaurant Gourmet magazine named the best in the country.

A pioneer in American cuisine, chef Grant Achatz represents the best of the molecular gastronomy movement--brilliant fundamentals and exquisite taste paired with a groundbreaking approach to new techniques and equipment. ALINEA showcases Achatz's cuisine with more than 100 dishes (totaling 600 recipes) and 600 photographs presented in a deluxe volume. Three feature pieces frame the book: Michael Ruhlman considers Alinea's role in the global dining scene, Jeffrey Steingarten offers his distinctive take on dining at the restaurant, and Mark McClusky explores the role of technology in the Alinea kitchen. Buyers of the book will receive access to a website featuring video demonstrations, interviews, and an online forum that allows readers to interact with Achatz and his team.

"Achatz is something new on the national culinary landscape: a chef as ambitious as Thomas Keller who wants to make his mark not with perfection but with constant innovation . . . Get close enough to sit down and allow yourself to be teased, challenged, and coddled by Achatz's version of this kind of cooking, and you can have one of the most enjoyable culinary adventures of your life." --Corby Kummer, senior editor of Atlantic Monthly

"Someone new has entered the arena. His name is Grant Achatz, and he is redefining the American restaurant once again for an entirely new generation . . . Alinea is in perpetual motion; having eaten here once, you can't wait to come back, to see what Achatz will come up with next." --GourmetReviews & AwardsJames Beard Foundation Cookbook Award Finalist: Cooking from a professional Point of View Category  James Beard Foundation Outstanding Chef Award! "Even if your kitchen isn't equipped with a paint-stripping heat gun, thermocirculator, or refractometer, and you're only vaguely aware that chefs use siphons and foams in contemporary cooking, you can enjoy this daring cookbook from Grant Achatz of the Chicago restaurant Alinea.. . . While the recipes can hardly become part of your everday cooking, this book is far too interesting to be left on the coffee table. As you read, a question emerges: Is Alinea's food art? . . . I go a little further, describing Achatz with a word that he would probably never use to describe himself: avant-garde, as it defined art movements at the beginning of the last century--planned, self-concious, and structured attempts to provoke and shake the status quo. Just as with those artists, the results are not necessarily as interesting as the intentions and concepts behind them. In this sense, this volume constitutes a full-blown although not threatening manifesto."—Art of Eating

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580089289
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Publication date: 10/01/2008
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 177,447
Product dimensions: 10.10(w) x 12.25(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

GRANT ACHATZ was named one of the best new chefs in America by Food & Wine in 2002. He received the James Beard Rising Star Chef award in 2003; the Best Chef/Great Lakes award in 2007; and the top honor, Outstanding Chef in the United States, in 2008. Before opening Alinea in 2005, Achatz was sous chef at the French Laundry and the executive chef of Trio in Chicago. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Table of Contents

Toward Creativity   Michael Rulman   •   1
Experiencing Alinea   Jeffrey Steingarten   •   7
The Postmodern Pantry   Mark McClusky   •   15
Black Truffle Explosion   Michael Nagrant   •   21
Where It Comes From   Grant Achatz   •   27
How to Use this Book   Nick Kokonas   •   37
SPRING   •   53
SUMMER   •   133
AUTUMN   •   219
WINTER   •   301
Index   •   386
Contributors   •   394

Customer Reviews

Alinea 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
lionspride87 More than 1 year ago
Because of its uniqueness, good friend suggested that I purchase "ALINEA" by Grant Achatz, owner/partner of Alinea restaurant in Chicago. This book has changed the way I look and think about new concepts in the kitchen. Though this book is obviously not for everyone those that posses the passion for new fusion cooking will love its contents. The contents of this book are the restaurants 2008 menu with all the instruction sets you will need. It is very important that you actually read the introduction and how to use the book, because once you start playing with the recipes its more like playing with a chemistry set. Precision with weights and measurements are vital if you truly intend to recreate Grant's menu.
Sam007 More than 1 year ago
I bought it as a gift for my husband. He loves food and especially new ideas in cooking and presentation. So this book is perfect for him. Great photography, great presentation. It is definitely not a recipe book, but it is a very good inspirational one.
jontseng on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Thoughtful introductory digression and innovative recipes. The recipes are surprisingly do-able in a domestic context - often they do not rely on as much specialised kitchen machinery as you might think. The main criticism is that the thinking behind the recipes is not explained well. It is often difficult to connect them precisely to the underlying philosophy expounded up front.
Tony96789 More than 1 year ago
Chef Achatz is a genius.
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So what happen to rest of the reviews??????